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MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Key Skills

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


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Ashish Bhimrajka

Ashish Bhimrajka is a mechanical engineer with over 12 years of experience in the field. He was hired as a lead engineer at Larsen & Turbo straight out of college, and now 12 years later, serves as their Corporate Risk Manager.

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As exciting as this sounds, there are some skills you’ll need to do the job right:


TECHNICAL SKILLS

Engineering requires both sound knowledge and practical expertise. You must know your theories and concepts well. You must also know how to apply them in day-to-day life. A certain level of proficiency in Physics, Chemistry and Maths is vital. You must be able to pull apart and put together basic mechanical systems. Knowing technical drawing is a bonus.



ANALYTICAL SKILLS

Unless you analyse a problem, you won’t be able to think of a solution for it. Analytical skills are a fixed asset for mechanical engineers. These skills help them understand issues and devise the best solutions accordingly. This problem-solving tendency makes an engineer successful.



INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

As a mechanical engineer, you have to communicate with everyone, from your juniors and colleagues to your senior management and even clients. It is important that you discuss your thoughts and understand their responses clearly. This clear communication helps you work efficiently and effectively.



CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

Engineers have to be creative too. How else will you come up with solutions that have never been thought of before? Creativity helps you visualise new systems and devices as a part of these solutions. Your inclination towards machines and working will be supported well by your creative instincts.



PHYSICAL STRENGTH

Mechanical engineering requires you to work directly with massive and complex machines. You have to create, test, run or repair huge machinery or mechanical components. This requires physical strength.



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