- Paperback: 69 pages
- Publisher: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Revised edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791801624
- ISBN-13: 978-0791801628
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The language style of the book was preserved from 40s edition and makes the book even more entertaining to read, but I do take its advice seriously. The advice in the book is very simple and aimed at helping novices adapt to engineering environment faster. Good refresher for everyone though.
The advice is related to how to communicate with manager, co-workers and, in general, how to behave to succeed in an engineering organization without sacrificing your principals. It emphasizes that your communication skills are more important than any technical skills you have. Simple things like "strive to be concise" (I wish I was in this review), "be careful of accuracy of your statements", "don't invade domain of another department without consent or fire may erupt", "cultivate the habit of seeking people's opinions", "promises, schedules and estimates are necessary", "show interest in what your employees are doing", " do all you can to protect the personal interests of your subordinates and their families", and my favorite: "do all you can to see that your subordinates get all the salary to which they are entitled". :) There is actually more stuff for managers in this pamphlet, but, as it correctly notes, every aspiring engineer will, over time, have some managerial tasks. All in all, a great quick read to keep you on your game.
I stumbled upon this book about 3 years into my first job as an engineer at a large corporation. Immediately I wished I had found it the day I first started. All of the principles in this book are clear, concise, and make perfect sense to implement. I feel like my attitude towards what I'm being asked to do at work has improved tremendously, and I don't think it was bad to begin with. It's like I finally "get it", and I can spot my co-workers who still do not.
What do you do when you're being asked to work on something beneath your abilities?
What is the single greatest attribute of a new professional?
How do you handle being asked to do something by another department?
How do you handle enlisting another department to peform work for your projects? Or, how do you handle a project that affects another department's function or domain?
All of these questions are answered and more.
It seems amazing that a book written so long ago by some engineer in a different field, different company, and different job could hit the nail on the head so precisely. If someone had told me this book was written in present day by one of my co-workers, I would have believed them. I have since read this book once a year, because I firmly believe it is the key to success. I think it should be handed out to every college grad who will be going to work for others.
This book bridges the gap by offering a glimpse at the "soft" skills', gathered from engineering experience. The rules are not wordy and there certainly are no page length case studies with each. But the short, clear statements will at least make you cognizant of these interpersonal relationships and personal codes when carrying out day to day engineering decisions at the office. The book is also well suited for executives, who often forget that it is important to deal with subordinates in the "right" manner, regardless of distinct management styles. When the going gets tough, yes you may have to be a headache to everyone in the office but there needs to be a line that you cannot cross.
I feel this is a golden book that must be used from time to time, not just read once and stuffed away in a drawer somewhere for dust to collect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! The content is mostly common sense but if you are a new employee/graduating is great to learn about itPublished 7 hours ago by Jesus H
I am currently a Chemical Engineering student. I must say that I have met many very intelligent people in Academia who have no idea how to conduct themselves in normal society or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
Best book on the basics for what any engineer should understand concerning his or her duties, obligations, behavior and code of conduct with respect to their work, their work... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clark Bailey
Great book. Timeless advice. Keep numerous copies around to hand out to young engineers.Published 7 months ago by a. toney
Probably a good book for someone entering the workforce for the first time. Mostly common sense advice like 'do what your boss tells you to', 'don't go over anyone's head' and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Harry Slaughter
A book full of wisdom, applicable today as when it was written. Think of it as Dale Carnegie for nerds. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rei Shinozuka