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The world of technology, engineering and manufacturing industry is fast changing and continually evolving. Because of this, it is essential engineers stay abreast of change and familiarise themselves with new technologies, modern processes and future trends. This is critical if they are to continue to make high value contributions to businesses, as well as take advantage of professional opportunities.
It therefore stands to reason the engineer who does not keep up with technical advances will steadily reduce their employability and competitive edge. Ask employers – they recruit for a range of skills and talent, the proven ability to apply expertise, as well as relevant industry experience and contacts. Stay informed to give yourself the best chance in the future.
Many engineers and technicians love learning about new products, processes, technologies and industry knowledge (and if we’re honest, then telling anyone else who will listen!) Unfortunately most claim not to have the time, partly because they are so dedicated to the activities of their day-to-day jobs. The information in this section provides you with advice to conveniently remain up to date with knowledge. Ultimately, this may assist you in your job now and in the future.
The Engineering Publications and Media section is set out as follows:
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Benefits and Methods of Keeping up to Date
A host of publications and journals exist to keep engineers remain current. In addition, a range of websites and portals serve the same purpose online. Obtaining and maintaining knowledge about the latest technologies, applications and industry trends clearly has a commercial advantage which can and should be exploited for profitable gain by your business. Related to this, engineers and technicians who proactively broaden their knowledge and skills put themselves in a position to exploit future opportunities, as well as better understand the requirements of their customers (both internal and external).
Listed below are a number of tips for keeping up to date with trends and general information, both in your industry and in the wider world of business. Staying current puts you in a better position to make decisions and take the best course of action at work. This applies both for operational day-to-day activities, as well as commercially strategic decision making.
In addition, by regularly reviewing engineering publications and media, the broader advantages of becoming generally better informed and more aware include…
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Have you had an inspirational coach, mentor or manager? Knowing what you know now, what’s the single most effective piece of advice you’d give to a young engineer coming through now?