Unlike many job sectors, experts predict a surplus of engineers in the upcoming years. This fact doesn’t mean, however, that engineers won’t be able to find new job opportunities, but it does make it important for them to understand emerging trends in the industry. For example, construction is one industry where the demand for engineers is still high due to new construction and infrastructure projects underway. Additionally, fewer engineers are taking steps to earn their engineering licenses, which has forced many employers to seek out candidates with more specialized skills, especially in technology. Another challenge facing engineers today is the number of regulatory changes taking place, including environmental protection regulations and COVID workplace safety rules. Those seeking a career in engineering should consider advancing their skill sets, gaining professional certifications and obtaining valuable hands-on experience.

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top engineering skills

1. structural engineer (SE)

Certification as a Structural Engineer (SE) showcases your advanced knowledge and experience in this specialized branch of engineering. One must first obtain their general Professional Engineer (PE) certification prior to moving forward to become SE certified.

2. professional engineer (PE)

Obtaining your Professional Engineer (PE) certification is the minimal requirement many employers have when hiring engineers. This certification proves that you have the skills and technical knowledge to design, construct and maintain structures that adhere to all governmental regulations.

3. engineer in training (EIT)

Before you can officially become PE certified, you must first work as an Engineer in Training (EIT) for a minimum of four years. Many employers will hire EIT certified workers and provide the supervisory experience needed to gain their PE certification.

4. certified engineer technologist (CET)

Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and Certified Technicians (C. Tech) are in high demand today. Both of these certifications show that engineers are able to combine the use of applied science, engineering and information systems and have experience incorporation technology into their role as engineers.

5. computer aided design and drafting (CADD)

Experience working with Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems is a must for all engineers. Candidates wishing to pursue a career in engineering should know how to use CADD systems for drafting, modeling, and creating blueprints.

6. electronic systems technicians (EST)

Certified Electronic Systems Technicians (EST) have the skills to install, maintain and upgrade both residential and commercial-grade electrical systems. This type of certification is especially important for electrical and mechanical engineers.

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