Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Engineering is As Much Personality As It Is Aptitude and Intelligence

Engineering college seats have always been a very competitive reward for students passing their 12th Board examinations. It has been a widely accepted belief that getting admissions into the best private colleges for engineering almost guarantees a successful and well paying career in India and abroad! Each year, fascinating trends emerge from the engineering domains, and these trends pique the interest of students wanting to get an admission into engineering specializations based on what the world is thinking. For example, between the 1960s and 1990s, Indian families encouraged their wards to get admission into major engineering branches such as Mechanical and Electrical BE courses due to the huge demand for the good quality talent required to drive the industrial revolution and privatization wave in India. Then, in the 1990s and early 2000s, the IT bubble arrived, and soon there was a huge demand for IT professionals who could also double up as software programmers. 

Everyone passing from the BE and B Tech colleges in India wanted to experience the IT work culture, which not only paid well but was also considered more respectable and steadily enriching in terms of career growth as compared to the jobs available in conventional and more traditional businesses that hired for engineers with degrees in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Electronics. Even today, businesses tap engineers with a background in IT or computer sciences as these graduates kind of give a nuanced flexibility to business teams to moderate their existing market strategies as far as expanding their product lines are considered, which are majorly running on software, Cloud or hybrid data based solutions.

In Hindu Vedas, Lord Viswakarama is worshipped as the “Eternal Engineer of the Physical and Cosmic†world. You would find so many colleges and courses named after Viswakarma.

Engineering branches have a distinct flavor of their own. Many engineering professors can uniquely identify personality traits in their students to adjudge if they are going to turn out great, average or abysmal in their engineering studies and the career that follows if any. If you are planning to take an admission into a specific branch of engineering, there are certain aspects that you should always keep in mind at the time of filling up the form. This article tells you exactly that. 

High Fliers Choose Aeronautical engineering degrees

Only a handful of private colleges in India offer a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. It is a highly distinguished branch of engineering known to test students in different areas of machine designing, engineering drawing, structural analysis, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. From understanding the blend of materials in the air to constructing the best engine design to reduce the weight of aircraft, a lot goes into the training of a student in this field. 

Common traits seen among aeronautical engineers

  • Enthusiastic readers and hard workers
  • Ability to distinguish between average outcomes and best outcomes
  • Analytical bend of mind with a wild streak of creativity
  • Stupendous drawing skills and interpretational abilities 

Mixed Ideas: Chemical Engineering

In the academic world of engineering, chemical engineers are revered as some of the most ambitious groups of individuals. The unique personality traits that differentiate chemical engineers from others in the league are:

  • Quick thinkers
  • Purpose-driven individuals
  • Straightforward with their thoughts and ideas
  • Zero tolerance to mediocrity
  • Extremely adaptable to scientific theories 

Set in stone: Civil engineering 

It is a commonly known belief among civil engineering students that their purpose in their career is to build “great things†for the betterment of the mankind. Together with engineering students from the Mechanical branch, Civil engineers take up some of the toughest assignments ever known to the scientific world. Civil engineers demonstrate unique personality traits that are often misjudged to be pre-historic in nature, largely because they don’t care about outsiders’ opinions. In that respect, both civil and mechanical engineering students share a common line of thought, which aligns with their personalities:

  • Smart workers who almost “every time†demonstrate their last minute excellence in critical operations
  • Witty thinkers but casual in their approach to solving problems
  • Don’t spend more than a week on any grueling topic – everything has to be completed within 7 days
  • Reluctant to absorb ideas and thoughts from students or trainers belonging to other engineering branches, except for maybe from Civil or Electrical branches
  • Articulate in explaining their project ideas
  • Entrepreneurial streak, and often end up pursuing higher education through Dual-degrees, Masters, and Doctorates 

While it’s true that engineering is distinct from any other profession in the world. Yet, there are no two ways about the legacy and empathy engineers show to their peers, trainers, and working class involved in critical operations. We have countless examples of hero worshipping of engineers in India, and to name a few would surely justify the connection we are trying to make here for personality skills, intelligence, and aptitude. APJ Abdul Kalam, Sir Visversvaraya (Sir MV), Dr. Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai, E. Sreedharan, Verghese Kurien, Rajeshwari Chatterjee, and others, these are the icons in the academic world who have shown what’s possible with the right mix of intelligence, hard work, and personality development.

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