Precision Engineer Skillset
As well as having official qualifications, employers will look for a range of skills and experience in applicants, such as:
As a precision engineer you will be working on computers and IT software throughout your day, so a significant level of IT experience is needed. Training in specific programmes may come as part of the job, but applicants will often be expected to have familiarity with software such as CAD.
You will be working with complex technical data and formulas, so being able to quickly digest numbers and use high level mathematics is key.
Good communication skills
A big part of the job of a precision engineer involves presenting ideas to your wider team or external clients, so good communication skills are very important. Make sure you know when to be direct and persuasive and equally, when to listen and ask questions.
Attention to detail
It goes without saying that attention to detail is paramount for a precision engineer. Every little micro element and formula makes a huge difference in this kind of work, so you’ll need to be the kind of person who is careful and thorough with their work.
Often you will be presented with questions or problems, either from your employer or a client. It will be your job to look at these issues and translate them into solutions. Someone who is practical and ideas driven will thrive as a precision engineer.
As a precision engineer you will rarely be working alone, you will be responsible for certain tasks and have autonomy to come up with new ideas, but you will work on projects as part of a team. Employers will look for applicants who take advantage of this opportunity to learn from others and work collaboratively on creating the best ideas.