To succeed as a commercial engineer, you need to work hard on developing a combination of technical and interpersonal skills once joining the company. Meeting with costumers was an essential part of the job, some of those costumers would have serious complains and you need to learn how to make costumers happy. The most important part of being a commercial engineer is to understand the market in terms of costumer needs, competitions, and regulations, in order to bid and to win projects. As a commercial engineer, you can be involved in developing the commercial parts of the bids and to support commercial managers and executives. In my case, I also had to become proficient with SalesFarce.
- Curiosity, about how things work - Skepticism, especially about authority and the status-quo. You must question things like "we do it like that because that's the way it's always been done" - Perseverance, or having a "can-do" attitude. Nothing is more depressing than an engineer whose motto is "it can't be done" - Taking initiatives without being directed - Tolerance of ambiguity. Outside of academic coursework things aren't always laid out neatly with an obvious path.
Technology Applications Engineer at Georgia-Pacific
almost 2 years ago
A lot of people think engineers are wizards that aren't one, but don't realize our jobs are much simpler than they're made out to be. Engineers are professional Problem Solvers; we use our educational background as a set of tools (A set of wrenches and screwdrivers are our base while our more specialized skills are maybe a 5-axis mill). Knowing when and how to apply these skills in the workplace are key to problem solving. This is all in vein however if we do not effectively communicate this to our peers. Buy-in from a capital expense team, your maintenance department, and your boots-on-the-ground operators will drive any project to be successful if you can communicate the benefits successfully.