Are you looking to excel as a mechanical engineer? These are the skills you should have. Technical skills are a must, of course, but sometimes it is the soft skills that help mechanical engineers progress further and faster in their careers. Make sure you have a strong foundation in the maths and sciences, then build out some of these additional skill sets to make sure you set yourself apart from the competition.

Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is a key quality that makes a good mechanical engineer into a great mechanical engineer. This shows up in all aspects of work, starting from requirement gathering and design to automating processes or using existing processes, to development and delivery, and, finally, quality control. A detail-oriented candidate spots inefficiencies and opportunities to improve workflow, which others might miss. These incremental improvements have a potential for aggregating and delivering a large optimization gain in the end to end pipeline.


A high-quality mechanical engineer is methodical and takes a thoughtful approach to problem-solving. They portray a lot of patience in their work. Rushing to a solution is often how errors and inaccuracies seep in. Patience is a virtue, and this is true in mechanical engineering candidates as well.

Project Management

Great project management skills are an asset in any industry. This is especially true for mechanical engineering, where time is money. A candidate with great project management skillset can make the difference between landing a large project on time and budget. On the other hand, the lack of this key skillset can not only delay and derail a project, but it can also damage the company’s reputation with the client and can potentially cause monetary damage.


Whether you are hiring a fresh graduate looking to start a career or a seasoned profession who has been in the industry for several years, the importance of teamwork skills is difficult to overstate. Collaboration is at the heart of a successful organization. A good team player can get others around him, excited about the project, and deliver throughput, which is exponentially greater than any one individual can achieve. This is a critical skill in managers where the success of the team and the company depends on working as a team and fostering a collaborative work environment.

There are not many other ways one can make up for the lack of teamwork. Technical skills are a must-have, but hiring the mechanical engineering candidate squarely based on their technical skillset isn’t necessarily in the long term best interest of the organization. Teamwork fosters collaboration, and hiring individuals who lack this vital skillset can, conversely, dampen collaboration.

Connect with the Recruiters at Williams

If you find yourself in need of access to a broader range of well-rounded mechanical engineering candidates, particularly ones who display these qualities, give the industry-savvy recruiters at Williams a call today!

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