September is here and it’s back to the grind for college students. A new batch of engineering majors are gearing up for the toughest four (or more) years of their lives. There are dozens of subjects an engineering major can focus on, and the tragedy of majoring in any engineering field is that in spite of all the classes, studying, allnighters, and existential dread, college can only prepare you for so much. The best way to gain experience as an engineer is in the field.
Enter Assist 2 Develop and their new podcast Grinding Gears. Sponsored by SOLIDWORKS, Grinding Gears intends to help demystify the engineering world and highlight industry professionals who have wisdom to spare.
From the series description: “Engineering knowledge is limitless in its scope and detail. Making sense of specialized engineering knowledge is not easy. Why? Most of it you didn’t learn during your college years. A majority of the technical know-how is learned informally on the job. If you’re fortunate, you will have an incredible mentor who can show you the tricks of the trade. In fact, the knowledge you need to have a successful career exists invisibly in the minds of engineers who are entirely unaware of it. This podcast will serve as your own personal tribe of mentors. In each episode, we will extract tribal knowledge from top engineering and manufacturing leaders to help you on your journey. There is no way of knowing what you are going to need around the next corner of your career, so let Grinding Gears be your guide.”
Broaden your engineering horizons and listen to the first two episodes of Grinding Gears where James Trevelyan, author of “The Making of an Expert Engineer,” is interviewed. In part one James discusses his experiences as an engineer, why it’s actually more expensive to do work overseas, and how to avoid frustration as an up and coming engineer.
In part two, James will expand on the skills gap in engineering, what drives commercial value for investors, and how you can make yourself a lot more money and what it takes to become an expert engineer.