Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 06/09/2016 - 00:00
On a regular basis, you will often be confronted with requests for a quick summary of some lengthy meeting or series of documents. You will have to provide the key ideas in simple easy-to-read English with no jargon. Seemingly an intractable task...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 30/08/2016 - 00:00
You’ve just won a great contract but have to work in a team. And no matter how outgoing and extroverted you are as an engineer, you don’t necessarily have good team interaction skills. Engineering projects are increasingly complex and need a team to succeed. Especially today.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 23/08/2016 - 00:00
You may be one of the many engineering professionals not particularly enthused with the idea of making presentations – perhaps terrified on some occasions. The reasons may be that the audience shows obvious boredom and the poor presentations reflect badly on one.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 16/08/2016 - 00:00
Have you experienced the frustration and futility of searching and applying online for hundreds of jobs – particularly in the engineering and technology space? Perhaps, you feel that you are casting your resume into the abyss whenever you apply online.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 09/08/2016 - 00:00
“We only just need a plausible explanation as to why the emissions are still high!!!” was apparently the note from an unnamed Volkswagen employee to deal with the US regulator querying the actual levels.
You’re probably aware of this scandal where Californian regulators are pursuing Volkswagen (VW) to come clean about the real level of emissions from their vehicles...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 26/07/2016 - 00:00
Have you been working for a number of years as an engineering professional and have steadily moved into interdisciplinary practice? Where you examine the total system rather than simply one element of it.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 19/07/2016 - 00:00
I am always intrigued by people who portray themselves as experts. We are all keenly aware of the carnage wrought on the financial markets by the so-called experts. Perhaps if someone had more aggressively questioned their assumptions, beliefs and actions (and presumably fat commissions), our world-wide financial well-being wouldn’t be as exposed today.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 12/07/2016 - 00:00
Conflict is a key part of our lives as engineering professionals. Especially these days with so much change occurring. Conflict is a verbal (or indeed non-verbal) expressed disagreement between individuals or groups. It may occur, for example, between an engineering supervisor and employee, or manager and supervisor.