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Question 1 of 32
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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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.
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Our project is a balloon powered car as a team we cooperate in order to build the best balloon car that we can make.
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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.
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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.
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What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
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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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Question 2 of 32
Do you enjoy a challenge?
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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.
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Yes, I do not run from challenges but I grab it because challenges will from me into a better person I am.
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Absolutely, By working on difficuly issues it allows for myself to grow as an individual and as an engineering professional.
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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.
Question 3 of 32
Tell me about your experience in dealing with routine engineering work. How do you keep from getting bored?
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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.
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I always think all of what I studied from my school will change the world.
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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.
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As long as I love what im doing, in will not be bored.
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To be honest, doing work that you actually love to do, is not working at all. It's like playing with your favorite toy.
Question 4 of 32
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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No because when a person assigned a task for me I do not procrastinate and already start to work.
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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.
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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.
Question 5 of 32
What was your greatest accomplishment as an Engineer?
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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.
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I was able to build a balloon powered car.
Question 6 of 32
What was your biggest disappointment as an Engineer?
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My biggest disappointment as an engineer is that one time that I was unable to get the job I really wanted.
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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.
Question 7 of 32
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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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.
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I decide the top priority is what is the nearest deadline of project.
Question 8 of 32
What area of engineering do you find most challenging?
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As of the moment I find electrical engineering most challenging.
Question 9 of 32
What is your philosophy towards work?
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My philosophy towards work can be summarized in this phrase. "Do it better today. Today better than yesterday. Tomorrow, better than today."
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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.
Question 10 of 32
What excites you the most about a career as an Engineer?
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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.
Question 11 of 32
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
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My first and current job is working on Wastewater Treatment. I work as a Wastewater Engineer with primary work on Process Operations. I have no background on Wastewater Treatment and this line of job was something that made me excited and at the same time overwhelmed. Working on this field, I slowly started jumping out of my page. I dealt with designers, project teams, maintenance, operations, process control and safety. It was a familiar feeling when I started this job. I had no clear idea where I'm headed, because wastewater industry was never on my list of fields that I wanted to go with. With almost one year in the industry of wastewater, I can humbly say that I am now better than before. My continuous engagement with diverse work environment made me able to explore fields that I had no previous experience and knowledge with. Before, I was purely mechanical. Now, I appreciate engineering as a whole, when different disciplines are put together. In my current line of work, I can say that I'm currently practicing Electrical-Mechanical-Chemical Engineering and I have never been more excited. Not only I was able to gain new skills and knowledge in different fields of engineering, I also learned new things such as administrative and legislative. I was more engage in public than before. I am now able to express myself more and can easily interchange ideas with a variety of workplace environments and people.
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I can adapt everything because I understand what are the feelings of my colleages, I can live everywhere, and I stay calm in thinking of solutions.
Question 12 of 32
What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
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During the past year, I was able to develop my skills in AC/DC machines since I worked most my time in operating and maintaining these machines.
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Throughout the past year, I have improved on working in teams and meeting dead lines for material.
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Building balloon powered car.
Question 13 of 32
Recently, tell me a problem you faced where you were unsure the answer. How did you research the problem and find a correct solution?
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Recently I faced a problem with regards to the low dissolved oxygen level I was having with my biological treatment. I read books and articles about biological treatment on wastewater and didn't find any significant clue to my problem. I therefore, asked our process control team to help me in generating data per process of my treatment plant. With about 6 months of data, I was able to correlate the problem and found an explanation and solution.
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I searched from the internet because the resources is in our hands nowadays why not we use it.
Question 14 of 32
What do you think will be your weakness in this position?
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My weakness as an engineer is that I'm too soft on people. I have a tendency of letting things go when people are not able to execute and I re-do their work myself.
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Nothing because there is no weakness word in my dictionary.
Question 15 of 32
What engineering skills have you developed or improved upon during the past year?
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So far during the past year, I have developed my Electrical and Chemical Engineering skills.
Question 16 of 32
Describe the most significant written technical report or presentation that you had to complete.
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The most significant written technical presentation I had to complete was with my current work. My treatment plant is still under process proving stage (after commissioning). I was asked by our division head to summarize my plant's design and operation. Along with the details and working principles associated with it. I was also asked to summarized issues encountered of operations, with root cause analysis and solutions made. The challenging one is to project failures that may be encountered, assess risk level and provide solutions and improvements that can be made to minimize if not to eliminate failures.
Question 17 of 32
Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year.
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The most challenging engineering project I have been involved during this past year is the verification of process engineering of the wastewater treatment plant I am currently working with. I say it's challenging since I have no background in wastewater treatment and there are a lot of challenges I am faced with, such as learning new things from disciplines I have little to no knowledge I have with.
Question 18 of 32
What is your overall career objective? Do you see yourself working in engineering ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing?
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My overall career objective is to practice engineering my whole life. Ten years from now, I still see myself working in an engineering field. Engineering helped me a lot in who I am today. Engineering was able to teach me that my discipline is not limited to the workplace, it is also applicable in everyday life.
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I see myself working in the biggest company in the world because of my skill, but, if not I think that I am teaching engineering to students so that I can pass all what I learned from my school.
Question 19 of 32
What do you dislike about being an engineer?
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What I dislike as an engineer is that, engineers always have standards. When faced with an unusual data, engineers usually disregard it since it's not in accordance with standards.
Question 20 of 32
Why do you want a career as an Engineer?
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I want a career as an engineer simply because I like tackling and making solutions to the challenges we face everyday.
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Because I am amazed what can an engineer can do, they build buildings, they build technology that can ease the work of people.
Question 21 of 32
What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?
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Most significant accomplishment in my career so far is being able to contribute to the upkeep status and improvement of our treatment plants by providing significant data.
Question 22 of 32
What are you doing to keep current in technology?
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I always read magazines like discovery, natgeo and check technical publications online.
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I keep current in technology by watching all about science and technology.
Question 23 of 32
What do you feel is the most important skill an Engineer should possess?
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The most important skill an engineer must posses is flexibility. Flexibility to adjust on unfamiliar task and still able to work on it.
Question 24 of 32
What makes you passionate about being an Engineer?
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What makes me passionate being an Engineer is the excitement I feel when faced by challenges. I always have a feel to explore and tackle solutions to challenges.
Question 25 of 32
As an Engineer, what do you believe is your best asset?
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As an engineer, my best asset is my flexibility.
Question 26 of 32
How do you handle disappointment?
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I handle disappointment by reflecting to myself and to the actions that I made to re-asses the situation and let it all sink in and accept my failure to move anew.
Question 27 of 32
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Question 28 of 32
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
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I usually list it down on a sticky note or a reminder on my calendar. That way I always see which one is being done on time.
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I put all the thing in my journal and I have track all the things in my phone except from my journal.
Question 29 of 32
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
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When I was back in college, we joined an international competition and we are delayed for about a month of our timeline. I was serving as team leader back then. As a leader, I showed character and determination and it influenced the team. Immediately after Christmas back then in year 2013, I went back to school and worked until just before new year. Where others were celebrating and relaxing, I took the charge and worked on our project. This action made my team more engaged and committed to our project that by the succeeding year we were able to fast track our downtime the previous year.
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I often get the leader position but when I get the position all the members get involved in the work and they do their 100% in the project.
Question 30 of 32
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
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What I do is I call for an emergency meeting. From there, I initiate the exchange of ideas on how to tackle current upsets we are experiencing.
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I explain what are the circumstances that happen in doing the project.
Question 31 of 32
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
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I'm a new engineer so I have nothing to talk about if the 5 years you're asking is industry related. But before, as a student, I joined an international competition and joined organizations wherein our skills were continually challenged. I have spent 4 years on these activities and I'm really thankful that I joined during my early year as a college student. I was able to broaden my horizon on how to further my development for my future career.
Question 32 of 32
Are you happy with your career as an Engineer?
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Yes this is the biggest dream of my life.

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