Success Formula for Mechanical Engineers

5 Pillars for a successful career is the Success Formula for Mechanical Engineers. As mechanical engineers, all of you know that having an educational qualification is insufficient for a mechanical engineer to get a job. This article outlines the exact ingredients for a mechanical engineer’s successful career. Target 24 is a Step-by-Step Guide for Mechanical Engineers to get Job-Ready in just 24 weeks.

The 5 Pillars for a successful career as a mechanical engineer are listed below


1) Skills

Why are skills essential for a mechanical engineer’s job?

The answer to this question is a no-brainer. Skills are necessary for every other job in this world. Let’s take an example of a barber. You don’t want your hair to be cut by someone who has never cut people’s hair before. Likewise, you don’t wish your motorbike or a motorcar to be repaired by a technician who does not know how to fix them.
Similarly, a mechanical engineer should have specific skills to perform his job responsibilities successfully. Please note a mechanical engineer is responsible for designing, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and maintaining mechanical systems. Therefore, relevant skills are also critical for a mechanical engineer to get a job.


2) Experience

Why is experience essential for a mechanical engineer’s job?

Like skills, experience is also necessary for a mechanical engineer’s job. Again, let’s take the example of a motorbike or motorcar service technician. They might have the skills, but without experience, they might take longer to diagnose and repair the vehicle. This delay could annoy you as you wait for your car to get serviced or repaired. This delay could eventually lead to a productivity loss, income loss, and profit loss for the service station’s owner.
So a mechanical engineer should also have experience so that the organization which employs him can be productive and eventually make more money.


3) Communication

Why is communication essential for a mechanical engineer’s job?

A mechanical engineer is responsible for designing, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and maintaining a system. Let’s take an example of a passenger car. A mechanical engineer is responsible for designing, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and maintaining the passenger car. One mechanical engineer won’t be able to perform all these responsibilities.
A mechanical engineer won’t be able to design a car. There are more than 30,000 parts in a car. It could take ages for one mechanical engineer to design one vehicle. It’s also impractical for one mechanical engineer to specialize in designing various vehicle systems. A vehicle system consists of multiple systems like engine, body, steering, suspension, electrical, transmission, brakes, exhaust, and many more.
A mechanical engineer’s job is not just an individual’s job. Let’s take the example of designing a car. A car is designed by many departments which specialize in designing a system. In addition, some companies specialize in designing and manufacturing a specific system.
So, a mechanical engineer can’t work in isolation. A mechanical engineer must work with teams, departments, and organizations to perform his roles and responsibilities efficiently. Communication, primarily spoken English, is essential for a mechanical engineer’s job.


4) Resume

Why is an effective resume essential for a mechanical engineer to get a job?

Like in any other profession, a mechanical engineer also needs to grow. Career growth primarily focuses on promotion and a salary increase. To achieve this growth in career, a mechanical engineer will have to seek higher roles and responsibilities within the current organization or another organization.
A resume is a document that showcases a mechanical engineer’s skills and experiences. The primary objective of the resume is to get a “Call for an Interview.”
So, an effective resume is essential for a mechanical engineer to get a “Call for an Interview” and eventually get a job offer.


5) Interview

Why is interview preparation essential for a mechanical engineer to get a job?

Imagine a mechanical engineer getting interviewed in a good company that offers higher salaries and a good working culture for its employees. But unfortunately, this mechanical engineer couldn’t prepare for the interview for various reasons. This mechanical engineer was nervous and unable to answer most of the questions from the interview panel. What do you expect the result of the interview? Of course, the mechanical engineer won’t get selected. It’s a lost opportunity. Many companies have a rule of not interviewing candidates again within six months. So this mechanical engineer will have to wait at least six months to apply for a job in this company.

So a mechanical engineer must prepare for the interview with answers to both general and technical questions.

By now, you might wonder, don’t mechanical engineers need any knowledge for a successful career? Yes, you are right. However, knowledge is essential for a mechanical engineer to have a successful career. Knowledge is acquired in your college/university as part of your curriculum when you earn your degree/diploma in mechanical engineering. Do leave a comment with your views and opinions.


In conclusion,

Success Formula = Relevant Skills + Relevant Experience + Communication Skills + Effective Resume + Interview Preparation.

So now, the final question is how to acquire the relevant skills? how to acquire experience? and how to acquire communication skills? how to prepare an effective resume? and how to prepare for the interview?
The answer to this question is TARGET 24. Target 24 is a skill development program conceived by the Royal Mechanical Engineering team to prepare mechanical engineers’ jobs ready, in just 24 weeks.


All the Very Best. I wish you GREAT SUCCESS in your Job Search.


PRASANNAKUMAR SHANKAR
PRASANNAKUMAR SHANKAR

Prasannakumar Shankar is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of work experience. In addition, to BE in mechanical engineering, he has an MTech, EMBA, and MS degree (from the State University of New York at Buffalo). He has worked for global multinational companies for the automotive and aerospace sectors in India, USA and Japan.

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