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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 32
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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1.
A difficult project is that which engages your prioritization, time management and team skills. A project may usually be described difficult when it is directly related to funds, timeline, objectives, and so on. But for me, the real difficulty comes into play when you start working on it. I mentioned prioritization earlier because it's one of the main factors to a successful project. Being able to prioritize would lessen wasted time. Another is time management. I remember back in college when I was working on a group project, it's a challenge on how you should manage your time between academics and the school project. It was one of the things that thought me a lot during the whole process of the one year project I had. And finally is team skills. This is the most important for me. It's because of the challenges that awaits in dealing with different personality types. I remembered being leader on the group project I told you earlier, I had no total experience in leadership and this gave me an overwhelming feeling on how to lead the team. I have learned a lot during this phase in my life. That it is extremely important to be able to mend with different people in achieving common goals. I overcame all difficulties because of the team I had work with. The team though me a lot about leadership, how to navigate the team project, visualize, plan and finally execute. Prioritization, Time Management and Team Skills helped me realized the in overcoming difficulties no matter what project lies ahead.
2.
Our project is a balloon powered car as a team we cooperate in order to build the best balloon car that we can make.
3.
It is when you are assigned to lead a group of people and they're not interested in following your orders. To prevent conflict in our groups, i'll have to talk to them on how they want to do the job, and if it wont cause any harm in the company, ill accept it and give it a try.
4.
For our senior design project we where tasked with developing a unmanned aircraft system for the Department of homeland security that had to incorporate a 6KW diesel and weigh less than 55lbs. During the initial design phase the we had set the diesel generator to be part of the ground station as the weight of the generator could would exceed the 55 lb weight limit. We asked for clarification on this issue and were told the generator would weigh 11lbs. I had to redesign the aircraft control surfaces and perform another aircraft stability analysis to meet the customers requirements.
5.
What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
6.
When we were in the middle of thesis project about automated heat exchanger which reduces co2 level in a room when it reaches a certain volume, one of our group mates have shifted to another program because of his general average. That time, all of the works are evenly distributed with the five of us. So we were having a hard time coping with his assigned work. What we did was we rearranged the work load and review every details of each other’s work, in that way, we understand the importance of flexibility by knowing the whole work itself rather than taking only a part of the work then combine it together.
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1.
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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1.
A difficult project is that which engages your prioritization, time management and team skills. A project may usually be described difficult when it is directly related to funds, timeline, objectives, and so on. But for me, the real difficulty comes into play when you start working on it. I mentioned prioritization earlier because it's one of the main factors to a successful project. Being able to prioritize would lessen wasted time. Another is time management. I remember back in college when I was working on a group project, it's a challenge on how you should manage your time between academics and the school project. It was one of the things that thought me a lot during the whole process of the one year project I had. And finally is team skills. This is the most important for me. It's because of the challenges that awaits in dealing with different personality types. I remembered being leader on the group project I told you earlier, I had no total experience in leadership and this gave me an overwhelming feeling on how to lead the team. I have learned a lot during this phase in my life. That it is extremely important to be able to mend with different people in achieving common goals. I overcame all difficulties because of the team I had work with. The team though me a lot about leadership, how to navigate the team project, visualize, plan and finally execute. Prioritization, Time Management and Team Skills helped me realized the in overcoming difficulties no matter what project lies ahead.
2.
Our project is a balloon powered car as a team we cooperate in order to build the best balloon car that we can make.
3.
It is when you are assigned to lead a group of people and they're not interested in following your orders. To prevent conflict in our groups, i'll have to talk to them on how they want to do the job, and if it wont cause any harm in the company, ill accept it and give it a try.
4.
For our senior design project we where tasked with developing a unmanned aircraft system for the Department of homeland security that had to incorporate a 6KW diesel and weigh less than 55lbs. During the initial design phase the we had set the diesel generator to be part of the ground station as the weight of the generator could would exceed the 55 lb weight limit. We asked for clarification on this issue and were told the generator would weigh 11lbs. I had to redesign the aircraft control surfaces and perform another aircraft stability analysis to meet the customers requirements.
5.
What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
6.
When we were in the middle of thesis project about automated heat exchanger which reduces co2 level in a room when it reaches a certain volume, one of our group mates have shifted to another program because of his general average. That time, all of the works are evenly distributed with the five of us. So we were having a hard time coping with his assigned work. What we did was we rearranged the work load and review every details of each other’s work, in that way, we understand the importance of flexibility by knowing the whole work itself rather than taking only a part of the work then combine it together.
2.
Do you enjoy a challenge?
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1.
Of course! It's really interesting when a challenge arrives. It gives me an opportunity for growth and learning. I like it especially when the challenge is something off the page, something I'm totally not familiar with. It's even more enjoying that way.
2.
Yes, I do not run from challenges but I grab it because challenges will from me into a better person I am.
3.
Absolutely, By working on difficuly issues it allows for myself to grow as an individual and as an engineering professional.
4.
Yes. Because challenges makes you more productive. And if you feel being challenge by the job, you will find efficient ways on how to overcome the challenge.
3.
Tell me about your experience in dealing with routine engineering work. How do you keep from getting bored?
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1.
I keep myself from getting bored by continually being curious about the things I see in my workplace. Even in the smallest things. I try to think how they came to be and what improvements could be made.
2.
I always think all of what I studied from my school will change the world.
3.
In my internship, we always do the same work everyday, and getting bored at work is the least thing that you must feel. You must seek advice from others who aren't bored. Consider creative ways on how to make your job interesting. Seek suggestion from others that may lead to greater productivity.
4.
As long as I love what im doing, in will not be bored.
5.
To be honest, doing work that you actually love to do, is not working at all. It's like playing with your favorite toy.
4.
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
No because when a person assigned a task for me I do not procrastinate and already start to work.
2.
I have, in my current job there where 4 manufacturing engineers working the same product line, about 21 cells. Each of us were supporting the floor in different ways, two of us had the production floor, one had nonconforming material and the other was in charge of routers. The 3 engineers left and I was left to run the entire floor essentially by myself. I structured my workload to be a first come first serve basis in order to allow myself to focus on one task at a time and finish it.
3.
Many times in school, sometimes you can't avoid it because you have different professors. But you must not get stressed by it. By planning and time management. You can finish every work before its due date. You just have to focus on the work.
5.
What was your greatest accomplishment as an Engineer?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
My greatest accomplishment as an engineer is that I was able to deliver a job with no supervision. I was just given the objectives and I was able to come up with a way of reaching those objectives in a variety of ways.
2.
I was able to build a balloon powered car.
6.
What was your biggest disappointment as an Engineer?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
My biggest disappointment as an engineer is that one time that I was unable to get the job I really wanted.
2.
My biggest disappointment is that I fail some of my college subject but after the term I reflect on it at do my best the next term in order to pass.
7.
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I usually project a timeline for each workload at the prior to working on them. From there I would already be able to sort out which are high priority. I do this habit for every workload/s I received.
2.
I decide the top priority is what is the nearest deadline of project.
8.
What area of engineering do you find most challenging?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
As of the moment I find electrical engineering most challenging.
9.
What is your philosophy towards work?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
My philosophy towards work can be summarized in this phrase. "Do it better today. Today better than yesterday. Tomorrow, better than today."
2.
Work for me is exerting force and there is a displacement, therefore, you should give your 100% percent in everything that you do in life.
10.
What excites you the most about a career as an Engineer?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
What excites me the most about my career as an engineer is the feeling of discovering solutions and working on them to reach the objectives.
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