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Key Skills

WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED TO HAVE TO DO THIS JOB WELL?


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Kaustav Chatterjee

Kaustav Chatterjee is construction engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2014. Soon after, he joined Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) where he works as a Civil Engineer.

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LEADERSHIP SKILLS

You will be responsible for the construction of crucial public infrastructure. So, it is important to have leadership skills so that you can instruct and direct the workers to perform their duty properly. You may be required to connect with architects regarding your project. You will also communicate with local political representatives or bureaucrats. It is also important for you to be a team player and work with your assigned team to get the job done right and in time.



DECISION-MAKING SKILLS

You need to be able to make decisions quickly and on the move. Say a particular cement option you wanted isn't available. What's the next best option? What if a particular structure needs a workaround? You need to be able to make those decisions and stick by them.



MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

You need to be good with calculations. You will have calculate the strength of concrete to withstand the load or the percentage of steel to be used for the stability of the structure. Mathematical skills will also helo you design the structures, so it is important that you know, for instance, the angle at which a steel rod has to be placed.



PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

You will need to solve a variety of problems. For instance, workers may have fights amongst themselves. You should be able to solve their problems. At times, there may be a shortage of cement or other raw materials. In such cases, you should be able to figure out how to solve the issue and get more raw materials, without letting production get affected.


PLANNING SKILLS

This is, perhaps, the most important skill you need to acquire for this job. For instance, you will need to calculate the amount of shutter boards or steel rods you will need to complete a construction well before the execution. The inability to do so could hamper or halt the plan.



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