What are Transferable Skills?

9th October 2019


When people talk about transferrable skills, they usually mean soft skills like communication, emotional intelligence and team work. As engineers, we have an incredible set of tools that can enable us to apply our skills in a variety of industries. Whether you are an industrial design, mechanical, software or electronics engineer there will be core technical skills that can be used over a wide span of applications.

Framing a problem…

Engineers are problem solvers. In order to embark on solving a problem you need to define the question that you are trying to answer or the problem you are going to solve. This is a critical step in your process because if the question you are trying to answer is not well thought out then the approach to solve it and hence the solution are not relevant. Engineers are trained to frame a problem and ask the right questions before they methodically go about trying to solve it. 

Segmenting a problem…

Engineers are good at breaking down a big problem into smaller problems. A problem will usually have several aspects to it whether it is the focus of a particular engineering discipline or the impact of one component on another. By segmenting the problem engineers are able to understand the dependencies of individual components on each other and on the performance of the overall system. Segmentation also enables engineers to develop solutions to different problems in parallel. This can help bring solutions to market faster and benefit both businesses and the community.

Analytical thinking…

Engineers are able to understand new concepts by making links to existing theory and questioning their assumptions. By continuously going through this process, engineers are able to further refine their ideas and that can lead to new innovation.

Applications that use overlapping engineering skills…

While it is great to be a specialist in an engineering field, it is becoming more and more valuable to be able to cross disciplines with the same skills. Software engineers can contribute to advances in machine learning, robotics or autonomous vehicles whether it is through embedded software or UI. Similarly, electronics engineers can design systems for ADAS systems, sensors for environmental applications or portable medical equipment for paramedics. 

Bringing it all to the client…

The great thing about eg is that we have an experienced team of engineers with core engineering skills in design, mechanical, electronics and software engineering, and we’re all under one roof! Whether it is a medical device, wearable, robot, lab instrument or smart home device, we take a holistic approach to problem solving paired with end-user usability using our human factors experts so that products that are developed for clients are attractive, easy to manufacture, can make it to market cost effectively and most importantly be usable. The implementation of ISO standards in our processes ensure that we use industry standards for product design and development.

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