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There’s a common misconception that engineering is purely about technical skills. In reality, soft skills like communication, teamwork, and management are just as important! In a professional landscape that is constantly changing, these are the secret superpowers that will help you adapt to whatever lies on the horizon and set you apart from other job applicants.
Just as the diagram below shows, you need both to thrive in the Digital Engineering space.
Let's learn more about the technical and soft skills required in Digital Engineering from your mentor –
Ok, so now you can name some of the skills you'll need, let's consider them in more depth and break down what exactly each of them mean.
An overview of the technical skills
BIM: BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is an overarching term that refers to a set of technologies, processes and policies used by Digital Engineers. It involves the creation of models (either physical or virtual 3D models). It also refers to the process of sharing data and information from parties involved in the project (for example – finances; systems engineering; asset data like dimensions and materials; and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Data analysis - being able to draw meaningful conclusions from data to inform construction and design is key.
Information management - a LOT of information and data is involved in large-scale projects. You have to know how to manage it, so that the important stuff doesn't get lost.
Digital literacy - this one's a no brainer. But, keep in mind, digital tools are constantly evolving. This field requires you to be a lifelong student and stay updated on how to use the latest technology.
Adherence to safety requirements - safety is at the heart of what any engineer does, and a big part of what Inland Rail does. You need to know the safety requirements, and know how to integrate them into your designs.
An overview of the soft skills
Teamwork and collaboration: Digital Engineering isn't a solo effort. It's constant team work and collaboration. Being able to work with others is invaluable.
Communication: At the end of the day, you can have all the technical skills and solutions in the world, but if you can’t communicate them effectively, you won’t be able to implement them.
Critical thinking: this is the ability to look at information objectively and critically, not take things at face value, and draw judgements from facts, not feelings and assumptions.
Problem solving: engineering is all about creating innovative solutions. You'll have to be confident in handling problems big and small.
Jump into the soft skills assessment below to give you an idea of where you sit with your soft skills.