Education and Career Insights

Integrating Simulation and Test: From Conflict to Collaboration

There’s nothing quite like a good old war between departments, is there? As disruptive as it can be, conflict between organizations happens all too often. And engineering’s had more than its fair share. But instead of focusing on how engineering’s agenda might be at odds with another department like manufacturing or procurement, I’d like to hone in on a dynamic within the engineering organization between the simulation office and the test lab.

The Ineffectiveness of Measuring Design Effectiveness

Metrics. It’s seems as if today’s business world is ruled by them. Metrics are essentially pervasive in just about every functional department in a manufacturer.

The Importance of People Skills for Engineers

What comes to your mind when you picture a stereotypical engineer? Most would say engineers have strong technical skills, high intelligence and lots of problem solving experience but typically are social introverts, personally aloof and lack interpersonal skills. For me, I find that stereotype to be terribly ironic. Let me explain.

Engineering Leadership Development is Key to Innovation Based Growth

Not long ago, I wrote an Introduction to Talent Management post that put that topic in the context of the engineering organization. I followed that up by looking at the question of What’s the Importance of Employee Alignment in Engineering? Today I’d like to delve into a issues that is direct related to engineering executives: succession management.

Do Engineers Make Good CEOs?

In my experience, I’ve seen many sales and marketing executives take over the CEO role, but what about technical folks, like engineers, stepping into the CEO role? It certainly can be frequent with startups where a technology visionary builds the company from the ground up. But what about engineers stepping into the role for established manufacturers?

Sage Advice from Executive Chris Weiss for Aspiring Engineering Managers

Ready for the next step in your career? Well, at least you’re not alone. Many engineers, feeling like the best opportunity for a better income lies in a managerial track, frequently ask themselves what they need to do to take that next step.

Could Engineering Transform into a Networked Service?

At the end of November, in a post called Are Engineers and their Employers Growing More Distant, I cite some points from a blog post by Jeffrey Pfeffer over at the Harvard Business Review called Take Care of Yourself First. I obviously saw this as a proof point behind a widening gap between engineers and manufacturers, but I think there’s also a little more at work here.

What’s the Importance of Employee Alignment in Engineering?

Now, we all know the engineering organization is horridly busy. Development projects are sorely understaffed and engineers are overworked. But if the engineering manager is to take on an enabling role for the organization, not as an individual contributor but one that drives greater productivity from the entire organization, they must take on this challenge.

Do Engineers Have the Broadest Reach Within The Enterprise?

A few days ago, I came across a very interesting blog post over at engineering.com that details out a Day in the Life of an Automotive Design Engineer by Pawl Bearing. Besides being a somewhat funny and perhaps scary read, I think its fascinating because it seems like a realistic view into the day to day life of an engineer.