This week we take a closer look at developments in the lucrative Engineering sector. In this article, we explore the ‘soft – skills’ which are becoming more and more important to the profession.
Engineers Week is taking place this year from the 4th to the 10th March. With events running all over Ireland, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the engineering profession and to encourage new entrants to the field. Initiatives such as these are all the more important as the number of university graduates in areas such as civil engineering reach critically low numbers.
Developments in Irish society are prompting the increase in need for engineering professionals, across all specialties. The resurgence of the construction industry has opened up the need for quantity surveyors, site managers and construction engineers. As more public projects get the green light, civil and design engineers will also find themselves in demand.
The shortfall of qualified professionals can work in favour of those currently looking for new job opportunities. Employers are crying out for candidates with the right balance of experience and qualifications, so it is truly a job seeker’s market.
We have compiled a list of relevant skills that can help civil and design engineers set themselves apart during their job search, emphasizing the ‘soft-skills’ which are increasingly appearing on job specifications.
Engineers Ireland reports that over half of engineers believe that communications skills are as important as traditional competencies such as maths. You should be able to communicate complex plans and ideas to clients and to the teams that they work with. The Balance also refers to the need for effective communication with the public, due to the nature of many civil construction projects.
According to LinkedIn, Civil Engineers are often the first port of call when challenges arise in a project. Being able to manage budgetary concerns, client relationships, legal requirements and environmental regulations, as well as supervising the day-to-day running of a project all fall under the category of project management. Highlighting organisational and time-management skills can be of great benefit to your job search.
Anyone looking for a career in an engineering field should focus extensively on their technical skillset and experience. Chron lists mathematics, design principles, construction methods and materials, working with maps etc. as key competencies. Design engineers can highlight their CAD (Computer- Aided Design) expertise in programmes such as Solidworks and AutoCAD. While including these skills in an application may seem obvious, taking the time to effectively communicate your proficiency and experience can give you the edge with prospective employers.