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Something that engineers often need to decide is whether to pursue a particular project or not. Let's say an engineering company is trying to decide whether or not to pursue a long term maintenance contract, or to invest in a particular R&D project. In order to do...read more
The main goal I have for this website is to help engineers and engineering organizations grow and prosper through mastery of the non-technical side of engineering: business, management, and leadership. I believe that in order for you to be sucessful you need to have...read more
[Note from Pat: This is a guest post from my friend Zubin Ajmera from the blog Industrial Inside. There he shares career tips and strategies for industrial engineers who want to get ahead and thrive in their careers.] How many times have you seen the same old boring...read more
Since having started this blog back in 2012, I've had the opportunity to work with thousands of engineers from around the world. My readers come from every discipline, every industry and every career stage. When speaking with engineers, there's one challenge that...read more
[Note from Pat: This is a post from my friend and engineering classmate Tyler Watkins. Tyler has just made a major move in his life to leave the traditional workforce. This is a letter he wrote to anyone who has ever thought about doing the same, but could never bring...read more
For whatever reason, the last few months have been filled with milestones in both my personal and professional life. I finished a degree and got a new job. My wife just finished her last big exam for her medical residency training. My daughter, now a wise and worldly...read more
One of the things I get asked about more than almost anything else is about how to improve engineering productivity. Not surprisingly, engineers love to find better ways of doing things, not just in their designs, but in the way they work as well. My articles on...read more
Two months ago, one of my co-workers got news that many of us dread that we'll one day get ourselves. "Ted," his manager told him, "we have to let you go." Ted (not his real name) had suspected that this might be coming. Between the tough economic climate, and...read more
[Note from Pat Sweet: Today's post is a guest post from David Yung - an engineer with a passion for professional development. You can read more from David here.] We all have heard about routine before. We are taught to set routines at a very young age (remember...read more
In the show today, I go through the five top reasons you need to love your job.
The five reasons are:
1. At least a half of your waking hours spent at work, so it would be good to actually enjoy that time.
2. It will be very difficult for you to invest in your career if you don’t love your work.
3. You’ll never be truly great at what you do if you don’t love your work.
4. People who aren’t into their work don’t get promotions
5. Most importantly, you won’t feel fulfilled.