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If you don’t already, invite a high school or college student to shadow you for a day
When beginning your career journey, it's important to learn, absorb, engage and grow to find success and thrive. Four tips are highlighted.
Abbie Clary, director of CannonDesign's global health practice, discusses the future of healthcare design, what it takes for women to lead in male-dominated industries and more. See video.
Working remotely is forcing people to collaborate and coming up with more innovation solutions in new ways, which can inspire and build confidence in a team.
Building the foundation for a strong team requires a clear vision and recognizing the unique talents and skills each worker brings and optimizing them for the entire team.
Engineers, regardless of their skill or experience, can always learn something new and should strive to gain knowledge from all corners to be a better employee and mentor/mentee.
Women are paving new roads in and beyond the construction industry, and are helping change leadership and inspiration
Southland Industries engineers provide insight and career advice on what it means to be an engineer
Whether it is with a professional organization, within your community or in the workplace, getting involved can open many doors for young professionals
When I found out about the opportunity to join around 40 other students on a trip across Europe to study architecture from the other side of the world, I figured I would give it a shot.
Here are the three most important steps to take to position yourself for a leadership role in your association of choice.
Are there qualities that a leader needs to have to successfully manage change?
We know that a strong client experience is what keeps clients happy. But what we’ve wrestled with is learning what the best client experience looks like, because often it can look different for each client.
What’s the best way to connect? Like many other responses to questions about engineering, the answer is “it depends”
As organizations refine their long-term strategies, the emphasis on integrating talent, technology, and real estate perspectives into master planning efforts becomes critical.
Young professionals are overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge, skills and experience they are expected to have as soon as their degree is conferred upon them
International project management with Dave George, Architecture and Engineering Program Management Expert
It’s critical that you incorporate the host nation’s requirements and that your designs are constructible in that country.
With innovations in technology, there is not a single person on a new project that understands 100% of all the building systems and how they work together.
The 21st century has seen remarkable healthcare breakthroughs. These advances are largely driven by the speed at which organizations can translate scientific discoveries to applications that benefit patients and communities.
Follow these three steps to remember what you’ve read or learned.
Be involved in improving the work environment around you.
In honor of Engineers Week, we asked several professionals around the country to share a piece of advice with the next generation of engineers and pick out what future engineering technology they are most excited for.
The Workplace Tango: How to Leverage Design and Culture’s Two-Way Relationship for Better Workplaces
Far too often, company leaders view the workplace as a container that responds to existing culture and not a change agent to inspire culture change.
Staying up-to-date with engineering trends will allow you to quickly shift if change is necessary.
The ongoing cooperation between MEP and civil engineering teams keeps projects more organized, transparent, and cost-effective.
Consider factors that make your co-op program unique from other engineering firms.
These four engineering trends may help you decide what to change in the new year.
What keeps an employee happy? It turns out it’s not just money.
Job satisfaction is high, and employees are generally positive. Compare your salary and company structure to find out where you stand against others in your field.
Arriving at the final answer can be arduous and time consuming without a path to follow.
Watch this video to learn more about how to keep your engineering firm in good shape.
Learn how to react to negative assessments in a way that will benefit you and your firm.
Older workers are retiring, and there are too few junior team members to take their places.
Contributed by Katherine Dewkett, Lynne Putnam, Kelly Rosofsky, Crystal Weatherington, Rachel Vandenberg, Josephine Schuster, Pamela Kistner & Jamie Moehling
Business owners need to maintain proper reporting and financials, build a forecast, and build trusted relationships.
Without measurement and verification, even the most efficient product or system won’t do the trick.
Engineers and building professionals often see themselves as fulfilling a vocation. But there are not enough junior-level people to fill in the gaps.
Organizations need to adapt and understand what millennials want in a work environment.
The 2018 40 Under 40 winners are full of knowledge, innovation, and exceptional dedication to buildings and engineering.
By tracking each little thing we did throughout the workday, we learned what was important—and how to shed the less important or time-wasting things.
In 2018, engineering companies are shifting their tactics when it comes to hiring, and some of these trends may be surprising—even to those in the industry.
Choosing Engineering as a career path means working to create new perspectives and opportunities.
Engineering is no longer exclusively for people who love science and math. Engineering can be a fulfilling career for creative types as well.
Though Jan. 1 has come and gone, it’s never too late to start a habit that will benefit you in upcoming months.
Promoting a healthy work-life balance aids recruiting and retention for architecture and engineering firms.
Understanding how to properly communicate with decision-makers is key to a successful building project.
Building professionals continue to work more hours on smaller teams. What does your job look like?
Work ethic is part of an individual's personal values and much like a company's corporate values, they must be taught and modeled daily.
A recent research study shows there is a disconnect between what junior staff need and what they’re getting at their firm.
Expand your professional portfolio by contributing to trade magazines.
Debunking mentorship myths within the engineering industry.
Project managers reveal their secrets to success.
Developing and maintaining a mentoring program within an organization can help grow the bottom line.
Enhanced technology will provide the tools to create more value for engineering firms.
While the findings of Gallup's state of the American workplace report are great tools for creating productive and innovative workers, company-level assessments are necessary tools as well.
NDA documents are legal contracts that came take time to execute. Educated buyers and sellers can avoid some of these typical issues that challenge efficient processing and enable a smoother transaction.
Respect, praise, and embracing grace is the foundation of effective leadership.
A LinkedIn profile can help position you for the next step in your career.
Finding a job in engineering takes skill, focus, and persistence.
Having proper and effective communication skills—oral and written—are vital to career development.
Understanding the audience is vital to a successful speech and growing your reputation within the industry.
Mentoring, training, and educating entry- and mid-level engineering team members will pay off in the long run.
In a growing digital age, engineers need to ditch the instant-gratification mentality and develop in-depth research skills.
The engineering industry must address the skills gap.
Start developing your skill set early.
Everything about business begins with people.
Unless more of us step up and take action in our company, community, and country, indifference will simply take over and not a lot will get done.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 5-11: Lowering fan energy use, avoid self-sabotaging your engineering career, LED lighting specifications, more
Articles about lowering fan energy use, avoid self-sabotaging your engineering career, LED lighting specifications, MEP Giants, and LEDs for retrofit projects were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 5-11. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Consulting engineers have a wealth of options to expand their knowledge: webcasts, in-person education, and manufacturers’ coursework.
Avoiding certain mindsets can mean professional success in your engineering career.
Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Many professional engineers practice various methods to reach out to new, potential talent and have great industry advice.
Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms address how senior and new talent communicate.
Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms also discuss how they are retaining new talent and the progress of young engineers.
Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms have a number of different training programs, formal, and informal mentoring programs for new talent.
Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Many engineers have varying methods regarding how they recruit new talent.
Make an impression that will last and don’t hold back.
Learn to communicate effectively throughout the life of a building project.
Address common challenges with ownership transition.
The IEEE Power & Energy Society consists of more than 33,000 power engineering technical professionals worldwide. Deadline for IEEE PES Scholarship application is June 30.
Leaders can position themselves as leaders, rather than waiting.
Time for a gut check: Are you passionate about what you do?
Don’t lose the war for engineering talent. Staffing plans facilitate company growth.
Rethinking ways to attract and retain African-American women in academic engineering — while understanding the intersection of race and gender — has never been more important. These women are showing the way.
The first day on the job will set the tone for success.
Based upon a “classic” from the SWE Learning Center webinar series, timeless insights on how to effectively present oneself bear repeating.
Two ways to handle succession planning: prepare the next generation for leadership and attract talented millennials.
Get ahead of the pack by proactively feeding your brain and passively recognizing emerging trends.
Success in today’s workplace calls for expanded capabilities, from demonstrating technical expertise to meeting with clients, or working with teams across disciplines, companies, and countries. The implications are vast, particularly for millennials.
Each year’s group of 40 Under 40 award winners stands above its peers professionally and personally. Do you know someone like this? Nominate them today.
SWE’s assessment of the most significant research found in the past year’s social science literature on women engineers and women in STEM disciplines.
Functional engineering teams must be built on a solid base.
Prepare for these business calamities to avoid risk.
By standing out, engineers can make an impact at their firm.
Learn to balance both your technical and interpersonal skills.
American workers—engineers in particular—can benefit from taking a much-needed vacation.
Selecting the right private equity partner is like getting married—know your partner.
Engineers' jobs and workplaces are rapidly changing. Take this advice to ease the transition.
Looking backward helps to see forward that innovation is needed, and that innovation needs hard work and collaboration.
Your questions answered: Selling in or selling out: deciding which ownership transition path to take
What’s the succession plan for your engineering firm? Nick Belitz of Morrissey Goodale responds to unanswered questions from the July 31 webcast event.
Leaders who seek and embrace ways to manage inherent personal aspects of business will create great companies.
Follow these three management tips to succeed as an executive.
Succession planning is key for any company. Whether it’s a formal program or less formal mentoring, putting a plan in place will ensure your engineering firm’s future success.
Mentoring young engineering employees is key to their success.
By incorporating new tools and ideas into the engineering process, firms can enhance their business development in several shrewd ways.
Consider these 5 questions if you’d like to work abroad.
Both women and minorities face similar challenges in the engineering workplace.
Use these three resources to stay on top of your engineering game.
Ask some basic questions to generate new ideas.
Engineering firms should watch these business and technology trends as we move into 2015.
An increased appreciation of the value of diversity has helped fuel an emphasis on engineering education that includes international study and an overall global focus.
Engineers should keep tabs on these four trends as they start planning for 2015. Things to watch: water, workforce development, smart technologies, and the health care industry.
Building a project team? Use these seven tips.
From the nickel-iron batteries made for the first electric automobiles in the early 20th century— to the efforts of today’s engineers and scientists to improve capabilities — the potential applications for batteries have grown far beyond vehicles and raise critical issues.
Ask these seven questions to determine if you’re hiring wisely.
Scientific and technological collaborations across countries and cultures can offer more than exciting breakthroughs — as significant as those may be — by making inclusion a priority. When women’s contributions are acknowledged, and developing countries have access to adequate resources, such collaborations also offer hope to create the greatest global good.
According to a new survey conducted by Morrissey Goodale LLC, nearly a quarter (24%) of AEC firm leaders reported that a poor relationship with the boss was the primary reason why their latest key hires left their previous firms.
Spend more time thinking—you’ll help your clients more.
By volunteering, you can give back to your community, inspire a future engineer or scientist, and learn about yourself.
Reflections on the insights and perspectives gleaned from more than a decade of tracking and interviewing women engineering deans.
Deeply embedded and frequently unconscious cultural and organizational biases can be challenged both through small “wins” and by establishing policies that take a whole organization rather than a women-only approach.
Take these suggestions to heart for a successful career.
Harness the power of cognitive science to enhance your productivity. Change your workday in these three ways.
We all look to find inspiration in our lives, and TED talks are popular for this very reason. They furnish a continually updated source of information, motivation, common-sense advice, and entertainment that is easy to share.
A business’ success does not rely solely on its experienced engineers or research reports. Relationships with individuals are vital to business development and professional advancement.
Supporting the diversity of the profession and broadening participation in engineering are dual goals that will help transform STEM disciplines.
Typically associated with personal and recreational activity, social media has a pivotal role to play in career development.
Female engineers, take this career advice to heart.
Here are three steps to starting an engineering-consulting practice.
These 10 tips will give business leaders strategic planning tools to set the direction for their firm’s success.
By focusing on opportunities, career advancement is possible at any point.
Look at your resume from the interviewer’s perspective, not your own.
Each person has the unique ability to have an impact on the environment around him.
Master these three tactics to optimize your relationships with superiors.
Delegation is leadership—here are the secrets for effective delegation.
At the NEBB Annual Conference, speaker Shirley T. Ramos discussed engineering workforce issues, including retention and management.
To gain more respect, demand what you want—or even say no.
How coaching can support career goals at all levels.
What do engineering managers need to create effective strategic plans? Watch this video to learn more.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host its first online career development conference in March.
An enhanced focus on creativity in engineering along with a reduced emphasis on classical tool collection may encourage women students to remain in the profession.
Be sure you know the ultimate goal.
Use these four steps to ensure a successful expert-client relationship.
Finally—one of the kids sees the engineering light.
Taking the time to recognize the efforts of your peers, colleagues, or clients could make all the difference.
Getting your hands dirty on the job can teach invaluable skills.
A flexible career path and positive job outlook are among the benefits of pursuing job in engineering.
How to deal with a micromanager. Or, how to not be a micromanager.
Deep thoughts from one of the nation's senior engineers.
Several books offer resources for employees and managers to help boost that internal drive to excel.
Set aside time to listen to the wisdom of our young engineers.
The 2013 Kelly Global Workforce Index shows a new wave of empowered engineers who understand that investing in skills is central to staying relevant.
Building strong personal relationships based on trust and confidence in your colleagues will continue to be the cornerstone of your professional success.
Use these five tips to proactively manage your professional transition to management.
The best way to be practical and usable is to completely understand your customer.
Can technology make you smarter? Maybe not, but it can make you more efficient.
There are a number of ways to welcome new hires that can be critical to building positive employee-employer relationships.
The first 45 days of a new hire’s job are the most important.
Engineers need to work with Generation X and Y employees to shore up their firm’s knowledge base.
Today's mentors create tomorrow's engineers.
Make travel easier, more efficient, and more relaxing
Succession planning is key to ensuring your firm’s future success.
Balancing leadership through management is critical.
Personality typing can be a valuable tool in helping your firm transform the way it does work, which can be a significant advantage in this economy.
Consult with an attorney to ensure the proper legal procedure is followed to maintain and perfect that lien.
It’s up to you to make meetings more effective. Here are four ideas.
The consummate professional rounds technical skills with a few common graces.
Speaker: Danielle Turcola, President, Professionalism International Inc.
Speaker: Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, Manager, electrical platform leader and manager of quality assurance, M+W Group, Chicago
Speaker: Peter C. Harrod, PE, Cosentini
Speaker: Brian Alcorn, PE, LC, Franchise Owner and Trainer, Referral Institute
Speaker: Mike Walters, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Confluenc Inc., Madison, Wis.
Speaker: John Suzukida, PE, Owner, Lanex Consulting
Speaker: Amy Smith, PhD, Vice President of Research and Training, The Ivanovich Group
Keynote Presentation: America’s Energy Future: Partly Windy, Slightly Sunny, and as Uncertain as the Weather
Branko Terzic, PE, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions
Ensuring more opportunities for women in STEM careers is essential.
Learn these five tips to proactively manage your professional future.
First build the tracks (relationships), before trying to move freight on them (getting referrals).
Asking good questions as an interviewee is an art, not a game.
A few tools will help you better yourself in relationships and on the job.
Recently I was coaching a U11 boys soccer team, and after practice I had a great conversation with another coach that reminded me of the Aesop’s Fable: The Tortoise and the Hare. There are a lot of life lessons to be gleaned from that fable, but one that I am reminded of is that consistent activity beats inactivity every time.
Navigating social media tools like LinkedIn and Facebook are key to your online presence.
An ASQ survey found that most engineers are satisfied with their career choice, though many agree their career is also quite challenging, particularly while pursuing their degree in college.
An engineer provides his perspective on how to win more work by engaging the staff, building your business, and then winning the bid.
Managing your time between work and life isn’t simple, but finding a balance is possible.
Communicating is key to an engineer’s job, and it is our professional responsibility to do it well—and correctly.
Learn to communicate in a professional manner, while building strong relationships.
Take the time to create your own personal and professional brand.
Challenge yourself to spend a day with those who use your designs.
Develop your engineering career by expanding your worldly view and volunteering with various groups.
While unemployment remains high, the demand and pay for engineers--especially electrical engineers--remain high.
Proficient managers create access to opportunities for their employees to thrive.
Your career trajectory is closely related to your company’s management and direction.
It was once both necessary and sufficient to be technically competent; now it is only necessary.
By being deliberate and focusing on doing the right things, you’ll be spending your time correctly
Several qualities are essential to being a high-quality mentor. Mentees should seek out these abilities when finding a mentor to boost career growth.
Communication skills are critical to your career and will help you see things from the other person’s point of view.
If you communicate clearly and accurately, you create sales opportunities, increase your hit rate and productivity, and lower your costs.