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Engineering

Sector Overview:

Engineering industry primarily deals with the design, manufacture and operation of structures, machines or devices. Engineering industry comprises of chemical, civil, industrial and mechanical engineering divisions, where civil engineering division basically concerned with the activities like planning, construction, designing or manufacturing of structures. 

The Engineering industry has an enormous potential of creating new jobs in China. The job categories are primarily based on designing, manufacturing, installing, repairing, packaging or selling engineering products. The other employment areas include construction, building, mining, etc.

Top Employers:

ARUP(奥雅纳)

COWI(丹麦COWI) 

JACOBS(美国雅克博思) 

Atkins(英国阿特金斯)  

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company(芝加哥钢铁桥梁公司)  

WorleyParsons(澳大利亚沃利帕森斯) 

Sources of vacancies:

北极星工程招聘网

建筑英才网

土木人才网

应届生网

大街网

Forums:

高工在线

土木在线论坛

中国机械社区

Advice:

What skills are Engineering employers looking for?

With around 1 in 10 university graduates embarking upon a career in engineering each year, it′s important that you are aware of the necessary skills and qualities that engineering employers are looking for to give yourself a competitive advantage over the other candidates.

One of the beauties of working in this industry is that there are a wide range of jobs available to suit all types of personalities and levels of expertise. Some positions demand a high level of academic achievement, some relying more on technical expertise. 

Incorporated engineers and engineering technicians need to have a high level of attention to detail, reasoning ability, the skills and knowhow to make things happen and strength of character to manage others.

On the other hand craft workers and operators will need basic mathematical ability, resilience, patience and of course, manual skills.

Regardless of the role in which you will be working, there are a common set of intangible skills that employers look for across all engineering disciplines:

  • Effective communication skills - with an increase in the documentation and instructions that engineers use in the workplace, clear and concise communication is a requirement.
  • Interpersonal skills - you need to know how to effectively work as part of a team and work with customers to identify needs and provide solutions.
  • Technical knowledge - whatever technical expertise is vital to your job, you need to understand how to apply this to solving practical problems.
  • Organisational skills - being able to prioritise tasks, manage your time effectively and resource planning are key skills for engineers.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment - learning new skills is part of every engineer′s role, so you need to be adept at assimilating a lot of new information. 

More importantly, employers are looking for evidence that you are well rounded, take an active interest in and have an understanding of the engineering industry. Furthermore, that you have the motivation, drive and ambition to make an impact within their company.

Source: Monster