Having What it Takes to Work in an Engineering Company in Singapore

By Engine Room Posted 2mth(s) ago Reading Time: About 5 minutes

In this day and age of constant disruption, there’s now a shifting focus on the required skill set of up-and-coming engineers. Especially as manufacturing processes become increasingly automated - with the COVID-19 pandemic situation spearheading this change-, individuals are now sought-after by companies for both technical and soft skills in addition to their qualifications. With that being said, as the precision engineering industry is one sector that is seeing immense growth despite the pandemic, there’s virtually no end to the exciting new opportunities ahead for aspiring engineers in Singapore.

 We have previously discussed how you can nail your interpersonal relationships with these three soft skills but there’s just so much more that can take you a long way. If you’re a fresh graduate embarking on your career path, here are some essential skills that are a must-have to guarantee promising performance in an engineering company in Singapore:

 1. Leadership

For starters, in the context of engineering, technical leadership is a desired skill in the manufacturing environment. While many engineering roles are heavily project-based which will require you to work in a multi-functional team, you may also be given the opportunity to lead teams and manage projects end-to-end. Especially if you are applying for more senior roles, expect to manage client visits as well as provide leadership in troubleshooting. Depending on your experience, you may also be required to conduct training and assessment activities for the junior members of your team and guide them through their job scopes and responsibilities.

 As with any job, it comes with its own fair share of hiccups. With in-demand production needs at stake, it is also important to bring efficiency in everything you do to enable a smooth project timeline. Taking into account delayed completions and incurred project costs, a good leader must handle adversities confidently to ensure the project continues as per deadline. By expressing that you’re more than capable of overseeing the team’s progress, your future employer will no doubt see your suitability for the role.

2. Critical thinking

In an era of information overload for engineers, it can be hard to not over analyse and process the complex technical data presented to you. Yet, when faced with a problem to solve, it is crucial to have an analytical mindset that delivers a high level of professionalism. Having critical thinking skills ensures that you are able to think on your feet and be proactive in helping to mediate situations. There may be times your co-workers will need you to identify the problem and come up with a feasible solution based on the relevant data. On your own, consider what may or may not work and present actionable results. Critical thinking ultimately determines the quality of what you can bring to the table in the future of engineering. 

 As you build on your knowledge, critical thinking will gradually be something you’ll get more well-versed in as you advance through your engineering career, especially when you are open-minded to suggestions.

 3. Being receptive to feedback

This brings us to the last point - being receptive to feedback. With the challenges and opportunities that the engineering industry presents, there’s always room for you to develop into an all-rounder. If you are applying for an engineering job with no prior experience, you may be attached to a mentor or a senior staff. This gives you more opportunity to grow and gain invaluable insights from seasoned engineers with expertise working not only in Singapore but in global engineering companies as well.

 Depending on your job responsibilities, you may also be required to liaise with external parties like clients and vendors. If you are conceptualising and prototyping solutions, there may be feedback from the various stakeholders involved to consider once the design is proposed. From there, you get to learn how to best refine and improve the product according to your clients’ needs. This allows you to understand market expectations and industry standards - and in the process, you will become better prepared for more engineering projects moving forward.

Ready to embark on your engineering career?

If you are all set to excel and contribute to an engineering company in Singapore, there are countless opportunities to explore at VCF. Discover available engineering jobs here on our website and get started on the right track today.

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