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  • Five Things You Wish You Had Known about Mechanical Engineering

    When students consider their career options, it's difficult for them to envision the road ahead and know if it's the right choice, or determine the best way to prepare for success. But the people who have been at that crossroads before can provide valuable insight that makes the choice easier.

    We asked the Community Participants to think back to their days before they were engineers and tell us what they'd wish they'd known then. Here are their top five responses:

    • "You will need good communication and presentation skills to be able to describe important technical information to non-engineers and decision makers in a way that they can understand and appreciate."
    • "Unlike college, where everyone has the same answer to a problem, real-world engineering problems often have more than one solution and it takes time to analyze solutions to choose the best one."
    • "I wish I could have known how it is to work in an organization before actually working for it. We learn theories and practicals, but how far those principles can be applied in real life remains unexplained. We need to analyze engineering on questions based on how and why, but unfortunately, our system is designed to operate only on 'what.'"
    • "The depth of knowledge that can be obtained and the diversity of different engineering fields."
    • "I wish I had known the nature of work in the modern corporation. Coming from a small rural town with self-employed parents, I had no clue how corporations functioned. I was naive. It was the time of the moon shot and engineers were portrayed as high status creative heroes in the press. The university was no help with this. What I found after graduation was that engineers were seen as a resource to be used (no status), creativity was discouraged (unless it saved money), the effort required discounted (work load increased and deadlines set arbitrarily), and budgets cut with little understanding of the impact. I even had a supervisor who admitted he had no idea what an engineer does. Instead of teamwork and support, I found politics and competition. Would I get an engineering degree again? Yes, but I would also have gotten another degree (finance?) and pursued my creative urge outside of my employment."

    What do you wish you'd known? Tell us in the comments!

  • Five Fast Facts on a Mechanical Engineering Leader: James Watt

    This summer, we're turning a spotlight on your choices for which mechanical engineer had the most impact on manufacturing! Last month we shared some quick points about Frederick Winslow Taylor, and this month we highlight one of the innovators who inspired the Industrial Revolution, James Watt. Here's what you need to know about this founding father of steam power:

    For more on James Watt, read the ASME biography.

    Have another vote for the most influential mechanical engineer in manufacturing? Tell us in the comments!

  • The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Traverses the Globe

    ASME's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides a platform for students with engineering savvy to show their design and teamwork skills as they innovate and build sustainable transportation. Now, it is making its way around the world! With two US events and one each in India, Latin America, and Mexico, there's more opportunity than ever to get engaged with ASME and compete in HPVC.

  • Five Fast Facts on a Mechanical Engineering Leader: Frederick Winslow Taylor

    When we asked which mechanical engineer had the most impact on manufacturing, you shared a wide range of answers, from current leaders in the field to historical innovators. This month, we focus on a popular response, Frederick Winslow Taylor. Here are five facts to know about this significant manufacturing figure:

    For more on Frederick Winslow Taylor, read the ASME biography.

    Have another vote for the most influential mechanical engineer in manufacturing? Tell us in the comments!

  • Which Industry Has the Most Opportunities for Engineers?

    The mechanical engineering landscape is constantly changing, and the chance to make a profound difference can develop in an instant. We asked the Community Participants where the most opportunities would arise, and here's what you said:

    • Renewable energy: 30%
    • Robotics: 20%
    • Aerospace: 15%
    • Bioengineering: 9%
    • Nuclear power: 3%
    • Other: 23%

    We got lots of write-in answers—here are some of the most popular:

    • Oil and gas
    • Automotive
    • Construction
    • Food manufacturing
    • Advanced manufacturing
    • Military

    Think we got it wrong? Share your thoughts in the comments!

  • What Do You Love Most about Being a Mechanical Engineer?

    Engineering is a profession that inspires so much innovation, but what inspires mechanical engineers to do their amazing work? We asked Participants what they loved most about being a mechanical engineer, and here's what you had to say:

    • Learning how things work and making them work better: 32%
    • Putting my problem-solving skills to work: 23%
    • Improving the world: 18%
    • Being a maker: 6%
    • Working with the mechanical engineering community: 6%
    • Having a reliable career path: 1%
    • Other: 14%

    Selected write-in answers:

    • Knowing that I will develop the knowledge to create things that can change the world
    • Learning a new thing every day
    • Acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of diverse subjects including physics, mathematics, applied mechanics, etc.
    • Engineers make the world go
    • Making good money doing what I love
    • Being offered a new challenge every day
    • Getting to do cool science!

    Let us know your thoughts on this month's question: Which industry has the most opportunities for engineers?

  • Question of the Month: Your Resolutions for the New Year

    To celebrate the arrival of 2016, we asked Community Participants if they had resolutions for the new year. Here's what you said:

    66% of respondents have resolutions, and 34% do not. Your resolutions ran the gamut:
    • Study for the PE exam
    • Utilize my time efficiently
    • Write a book
    • Spend more time relaxing
    • Be a better inspection engineer
    • Achieve better performance in my current job
    • Work for myself
    • Learn geometric tolerances
    • Try to make an alternative for diesel and petrol vehicles

    Share your opinions on February's question: What do you love most about being a mechanical engineer?

  • Community Help & Support Group Year in Review

    Thanks to your participation, we've learned a lot in 2015 about the Community, and the engineering community overall. Take a look back at the guides and surveys we've shared over the last year:

    Articles on Participating in the Community:

  • Question of the Month: What Engineering Topics Do You Want to Hear More About?

    The world of engineering is vast, as is the depth of information about the industry. This month, we asked Participants what engineering topics you wanted to hear more about. Here's how you responded:

    • Power and energy: 27%
    • Design and manufacturing: 21%
    • Technology and society: 13%
    • Standards and certification: 8%
    • Bioengineering: 5%
    • Career and education: 3%
    • Other: 22%

    Selected write-in answers:

    • Composites and lightweight engineering
    • Mechatronics
    • Nuclear power
    • Sustainable engineering
    • Piping
    • Molecular precision manufacturing

    Chime in on this month's question: Are you making resolutions for the new year?

  • Question of the Month: What Emerging Engineering Technology Will Have the Greatest Effect on Society?

    Engineers are natural innovators, and the field keeps growing with every new possibility. This month, we asked Participants what emerging technology will have the greatest effect on society. Here's how you responded:

    • Nanotechnology: 20%
    • Distributed power generation: 15%
    • Internet of Things: 14%
    • Additive manufacturing: 13%
    • Autonomous vehicles: 12%
    • Robotics: 11%
    • Other: 15%

    Selected write-in answers:

    • Cold fusion power generation
    • Liquid fluoride thorium reactors
    • Building automation
    • Waste to energy initiatives
    • Batteries and supercapacitors
    • The usage of cloud-based inspection software that will enable projects to be monitored and completed within specific tolerances
    • Renewable energy
    • Nuclear engineering

    Share your thoughts on this month's question: What engineering topics do you want to hear more about?

  • Question of the Month: What Engineering Skills Are You Working to Improve?

    To stay relevant in an ever-changing field, engineers are constantly building their skill set. This month, we asked Participants what skills you were working on. Here's how you responded:

    • Creative problem solving: 45%
    • Knowledge of industry standards: 42%
    • Proficiency at using engineering software: 40%
    • Project management knowhow: 38%
    • Networking and other interpersonal skills: 30%
    • Other: 20%

    Selected write-in answers:

    • Ethics / moral values
    • Coding skills
    • Practical failure analysis at plant level
    • How to build a persuasive argument
    • Knowledge of corrosion and lubrication
    • Leadership
    • Familiarity with manufacturing processes (3D printing, CNC, injection molding, etc.)
    • Communication
    • Data analysis
    • Design
  • Question of the Month: What Social Media Is Most Relevant to You as a Mechanical Engineer?

    The world of social media keeps expanding, and in last month's Community bulletin, we asked the Community which social media streams held the most value for you as mechanical engineers. Here's how you responded:

    1. LinkedIn: 50%
    2. The Community: 17%
    3. Facebook: 13%
    4. Twitter: 4%
    5. Reddit: 2%
    6. Other 14%

    Selected write-in answers:

    • ResearchGate
    • C4Careers
    • Instagram
    • Flipboard
    • YouTube
    • Google+
    • I don't use social media, period.

    Share your thoughts on this month's question: What engineering skills are you working to improve?

  • Question of the Month: How Can Mechanical Engineering Make the Most Global Impact?

    We asked, and you answered! June's question of the month for the Community was "How can mechanical engineering make the most global impact?" Here's what you said:

    1. Finding engineering solutions to common life-threatening issues in developing countries (35%)
    2. Designing products that raise the standard of living (33%)
    3. Fostering innovation by providing information and education (11%)
    4. Defining global standards for safety (9%)
    5. Creating jobs (2%)

    Selected write-in answers:

    • "Develop robust equipment for producing clean water that can be easily maintained locally."
    • "By finding efficient sustainable ways to bring resources to life."

    Share your thoughts on this month's question: What inspired you to become a mechanical engineer?

  • The Community: A Resource for Your Next Big Career Move

    To plan strategically for your career growth, there are three simple rules to keep in mind:

    First, start now. Meaning, don’t wait until circumstances force you to begin looking for a new job. You’re much better off starting while you have one.

    Second, look inside and out. By virtue of already being on the payroll, you may have a leg up on outsiders when jobs arise where you currently work. So make checking company job postings a scheduled activity of your week, and pick up what you can from the grapevine.

    Third, Use the resources you have available now. To the extent your present job allows, beef up your skills. Ask for assignments outside your current scope. Volunteer for new projects. Take relevant classes.

    Work the Community

    The good news is you have an additional resource to leverage that most jobseekers don’t: the Community. Here are just a few of the ways you can use it to energize your search:

    • Learn from your fellow Community Participants. As you look to expand your skill set, take advantage of the knowledge of the Community. Join Groups—or start one—to get conversations flowing on topics outside your expertise. Initiate discussions from your Dashboard. Get feedback from your Network. And don’t forget to share what you find; reciprocity benefits everybody. Learn how to share from your Dashboard.
    • Seek out contacts at innovative companies. The Community is designed for engineers, and that makes it easier to find and network with peers at companies you’re interested in. Drop your new connections a line in the Community and take the opportunity to find out what you can about the company’s needs. Get tips on expanding your Network.
    • Network forever. Your Network on the Community should never stop growing. Augment your connections by exploring Groups and the Directory, and reach out to your contacts. Update your Profile so they keep up with who you are and what you’ve added to your portfolio. See a robust, completed Profile.

    For more ideas on getting ahead in the workforce, check out “Advancing Your Career.”

    To take advantage of the Community for your job search, login to your account now.

    By Charles Marshall, independent writer.
  • Get Social on the Community

    Whatever your present level of involvement in social media, from “heavy” to “none,” it’s important for you to know how useful this tool is in job-hunting. If you’ve only dipped into social media and find the prospect of going in deeper daunting, don’t be intimidated; preteens have mastered it, and so will you.

    Plus, you have a powerful social-media resource that’s unavailable to most others: the Community. These are your peers—highly directed members of your profession, many with similar interests and goals, with experiences they’re ready to share.

    As a group, engineers tend to have an above-average focus on precision and efficiency. And social media, used smartly, can be a quick, efficient conduit to a world of job-relevant data. The key: scheduling your time—there are apps to help you with this—and sticking to your schedule.

    Optimize Your Participation

    Your Community Profile is the right place to start. The first step is simply to recognize that this can be a lot more than just a place to stick a resume and hope somebody notices it. For starters:

    • Make sure your Profile is always up to date. When you have a new accomplishment, add it right away. People are more apt to revisit a regularly-updated Profile than one that always looks the same. Share from your Dashboard. Keep your Network interested! Learn to update your Profile and share from your Dashboard.
    • Join, or start, Community Groups. Within Groups, post your ideas, and encourage Group members’ feedback. Invite people who seem to share your interests into your Network. Above all, keep the dialogue active.
    • When you have something new to talk about, post it within your Group and in your Profile. Whether it’s a question, an article, a podcast or a new job or assignment, the idea’s the same—to sustain interest in your credentials and engage your peers.


    You can turn social media into a real career tool. For more ideas, check out “Social Media and Your Job Search.”

    Written by Charles Marshall, independent writer.

  • Creating Your Community Brand

    There’s a lot of talent out there on the job market. To compete, you need to clarify what you offer that sets you apart from the crowd. And as “Managing Brand You” notes, the word brand no longer applies only to dishwasher liquids, frozen foods, and the world of inanimate products; it’s about what you need to create to boost your odds of success: Brand You.

    There’s a great deal of advice on offer, and an abundance of candidates for every job. But you have a powerful resource most others don’t: the Community, and your Community Profile.

    This is a space of, by and for engineers. Put it to work for you!


  • Make the Most of the Community

    First, thank you for becoming part of the Community. The Community benefits from having you as a Participant; now’s the time for you to start taking advantage of the benefits participation brings to you. Why wait?

    Let’s begin at the beginning by stating the obvious. You’re an engineer. What that says about you is that you didn’t just want a job—you wanted a career, with all that implies in the way of knowledge, continuous growth, service, and—yes—respect.

    Underscoring your commitment to an engineering career, you joined the Community. By joining, you immediately became an important part of a network of over 50,000 fellow Participants: people you will come to know as colleagues, mentors, mentees, thought leaders, industry innovators, or all of these. And let’s not overlook friends; many lasting friendships have had their beginnings within the community of ASME, and will continue to thrive on the Community.

    What you have a click away, then, is a powerful resource, ready to be tapped, that dovetails with your own knowledge, your own career goals.

    So, first came the choice of an engineering career. Then, participation in the Community. The logical third step in your career path is to start using this ready resource.

    How, exactly, do you use it? We’ll be sharing tips on that subject in the months to come. First installment: networking.

    Get the basics: learn how to "Never Stop Networking."

    Then, find out how to apply these insights to the Community and "Grow Your Network."

  • Most Recent Community Updates

    The following updates have been made to the community space:

    • Group Admins now have a ribbon next to their name in the Group Participants area so that visitors, Participants, and members can identify the primary online Group contact.
    • Posters can now disable the autogenerated link image and/or description if desired.

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these changes!