Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 06/01/2015 - 00:00
One of the key skills employers want from their people is the ability to problem solve, or troubleshoot as we generally refer to it in engineering. As with common sense, good troubleshooting isn’t so common around here.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 30/12/2014 - 00:00
Is your new engineering graduate engineer, technician or technologist ready for the job? Do they find it easy to learn the key elements of their job? Did they get a great education or training experience focussed on practical outcomes?
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 23/12/2014 - 00:00
Some years back, I was engaged in the automation of a mushroom farm (no – we weren’t manufacturing crack or magic mushroom potions). When I joined, the engineering team had already implemented an embedded controller system with the electronics systems designed from scratch.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 16/12/2014 - 00:00
Many of you are probably nervously contemplating the wreckage of engineering employment with the rather too rapid crash of mining and oil and gas over the past few months (I am; but am always optimistic thinking of it as yet another business cycle). What intrigues me though is the ongoing search for talented people for smaller companies is as hard as ever.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 09/12/2014 - 00:00
You may be one of the many engineering professionals not particularly enthused with the idea of making presentations. The reasons may be that one gets nervous; the audience shows obvious boredom and the poor presentations reflect badly on one. It is thus not a particularly pleasant experience for both the audience or the presenter..
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
When you read this, I will be standing on the beaches of Normandy peering through the sea mists visualising the landing craft approaching in 1944 as the beginning of the end started for World War II. Probably driven by a desperate shortage of materials and labour, everything then was designed to be absolutely functional.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 25/11/2014 - 00:00
Murphy’s Law is especially quoted in engineering and as most of you would well know says: “If anything can go wrong, it will”. Often, we add on: “and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way”.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 28/10/2014 - 00:00
With the rapid change in technology, it is incredible that a keyboard layout designed in 1873 for one of the first mechanical typewriters – the QWERTY keyboard – is still the basis of all our keyboards today.