Being Successful As an Engineer

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Dearborn Trade Publishing, Sep 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 246 pages
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This text is designed to help the young engineer make the transition from student to practicing professional. It provides experience-based suggestions and helpful warnings to guide new engineers in taking the first steps to successful project leadership and group management.
 

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Contents

What Engineering Is
1
Your Own Personal Profit Motive
3
The FivePart Engineering Cycle
4
Engineering Is Creative
5
Engineering Rests on an Extensive Technological Base
6
Engineering Work Is Project Work
7
Dont Be a Responsive Engineer
8
Operations Auxiliary to Engineering
10
Research and Development
128
Scientific Research and Engineering Research
130
Probabilistic Nature of Development
131
Conduct and Control of Development Projects
133
Dont Be Conservative in Research and Development
136
Poor Engineering Practices in Research and Development
137
Studies
138
How to Keep on the Track
139

Suggested Readings
11
The Engineer
14
Is Engineering a Trade or a Profession?
16
Scientists and Engineers Are Different
19
Engineering Specialties
21
Computers versus Engineers
23
Summary
24
The Project and the Project Team
25
Why Projects?
27
A Typical Small Project
28
DaybyDay Project Operation
30
Conditions for Effective Group Work
33
Your Individual Problem With a Group
35
Good Project Team Practices
36
Poor Project Team Practices
37
Project Control
38
What Project Control Is
39
The Three Parts of Control
40
PERT Example
48
Control Support by Outside Croups
56
Control Your Projects by Looking Ahead Not Back
58
Good Engineering Practices for Control
59
Poor Engineering Practices for Control
60
The End Product Drawings and Reports
61
Dont Dodge Paper Work
62
Draftsmen
64
Good Drawings
65
Engineering Reports
66
Report Writing and You
67
On Large Projects
68
How to Do it
70
Good Engineering Practices on Reports and Drawings
71
Problem Solving
73
What Is an Engineering Problem?
74
How to Solve Engineering Problems
77
Importance of Generalizing and Extending Results
78
The Solution versus Iteration
79
Are You a Problem Hobbyist or a Problem Solver?
81
Good Engineering ProblemSolving Practices
83
Laboratory Work and Experiment
85
Laboratories in Industry Are Different
86
The Judicious Combination
89
Notebooks
90
Your Technician
91
Some Good Laboratory Practices
93
The Biggest Timewaster
94
Good Engineering Practices in Laboratory Work
95
Design
97
Best Design Optimum Design
98
Design Constraints
100
Where Do Design Ideas Come From?
103
Design Efficiency
106
Nonoperational Constraints
108
Design Reviews
111
Good Engineering Practices in Design
112
Poor Engineering Practices in Design
113
Manufacturing and Quality Control
114
Production Considered as Flow
115
Production and Business Success
120
Production Functions
122
Quality Control
123
Trouble Shooting
124
Good Engineering Practices in Manufacture and Quality Control
126
Poor Engineering Practices in Relation to Manufacture and Quality Control
127
Control of Study Projects
140
Study Reports
142
Good Engineering Practices in Study Work
143
Systems
144
Systems and Complexity
145
Expanding Your Engineering Outlook
146
Organizing a Systems Project
147
The Systems Group
149
Two Approaches to Systems Work
152
Systems Engineers
153
Some Special Systems Tools and Ideas
154
Good Practices in Systems Engineering Work
156
Poor Practices in Systems Engineering Work
157
Proposal Work
158
You May Get the Job
160
Control Is Easy
161
Keep It Simple
163
Good Engineering Practices in Proposal Work
164
Poor Engineering Practices in Proposal Work
165
The Project Engineer
166
Where a Project Engineer Fits in
167
Practical Relations with Your Manager
170
Some ProjectLeading Techniques
172
Leadership and Delegation
176
Good Practices for the Project Engineer
178
Human Relations in an Engineering Organization
179
Economic Motivation and Fulfillment
180
Threats against Selfimage
181
Line Service and Staff
184
Communication
186
Relations with Your Boss
189
Human Relations Problems Never Change
192
Good Engineering Practices in Human Relations
193
Poor Engineering Practices in Human Relations
194
Engineers and the Marketing Function
195
What Is Marketing?
196
Finding the User or Customer
197
Subdivisions of Marketing
198
Engineers and Customer Contact
201
Dont Fall into This Trap
203
Challenge in Technical Marketing
205
Good Engineering Practices in Relation to Marketing
206
Professionalism SelfDevelopment Education
207
Professionalism
209
Personal Development
213
Reading and Study
217
Professional Societies
218
The Status of Engineers
220
Good Engineering Practices in SelfDevelopment and Professionalism
221
Poor Engineering Practices in SelfDevelopment and Professionalism
222
Creativity
223
Creative versus Eccentric
224
Can You Learn Creativity?
225
Some Fundamentals
226
Breaking Through
229
Good Engineering Practices in Connection with Creativity
231
The Engineering Manager
233
The Managers Daily Work
234
Budgets
239
Managers Rewards
241
Summary
242
Index
243
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