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Interview Questions

  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1
    Hey everyone. I am a freshman at UWM working my way towards a mechanical engineering degree. For one of my classes I am required to write a two page paper on stuff like engineering ethics, project management, and time management. I have to base this on an interview held with an engineer, so i was wondering if anyone here could help me out with that? I know it isn't the most exciting series of questions (gonna be a challenge to ramble on for two pages about time management) but any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1) How much do your fundamental engineering skills learned in college contribute to your profession?

    2) Did you obtain most of the necesary skills needed for a career as an engineer along with your degree or did you learn a lot of it from experience in the work world?

    3) How do you stay organized and manage your time? Do you use planners or keep some sort of a timeline for yourself?

    4) What project management skills are most important to you?

    5) Have you faced any ethical dilemas while working as an engineer?

    6) What do you currently do for a living?

    7) how important is communication in the engineering field?

    I just have a few more questions, just out of personal interest. I was wondering how difficult it was to get your first job in the engineering field outside of college? I was looking at some job openings in this field, and most of them wanted engineers with at least 5 years of experience under their belt.

    I was also wondering if there are a good amount of jobs in the engineering field that focus more on drafting and CAD? Or do most of them focus on the entire design process? I would be fine working with the entire process but I enjoy the drafting and CAD portions of engineering.

    Anyways, this is all i can think of for now, thanks for any help in advance
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  3. Dec 4, 2008 #2


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    1) A significant portion.

    2) Probably 50/50.

    3) Project schedules, task lists, calendars, etc.

    4) Scheduling and time management.

    5) No.

    6) Senior Staff Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry.


    Getting a job as an Engineer right out of college shouldn't be too challenging as long as you realize you'll be starting out near the bottom since you don't have any experience (typically anyway).

    I personally do very little drafting (we have drafters and CAD tech's for that stuff). I believe you'll be expected to be familiar with both areas though.

    Good luck.

  4. Dec 4, 2008 #3
    So if you don't mind me asking, what kind of work did you do when you first entered the engineering field?
  5. Dec 5, 2008 #4


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    My first in engineering was working as a field service engineer on deep-sea drilling control systems.

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