Mechanical engineers need to:
- Understand spoken information.
- Understand written information.
- Read and understand work-related materials.
- Listen to others and ask questions.
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- Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
- Write clearly so other people can understand.
Reason and Problem Solve
- Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order.
- Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
- Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
- Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
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- Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
- Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action.
- Recognize the nature of a problem.
- Think of new ideas about a topic.
- Understand new information or materials by studying and working with them.
- Develop rules that group items in various ways.
- Identify what must be changed to reach goals.
- Think of original, unusual, or creative ways to solve problems.
- Recognize when important changes happen or are likely to happen in a system.
Use Math and Science
- Use math skills to solve problems.
- Choose a mathematical method or formula to solve problems.
- Use scientific methods to solve problems.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly and correctly.
Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things
- Check how well one is learning or doing something.
- Manage the time of self and others.
Work with People
- Look for ways to help people.
- Persuade others to approach things differently.
- Change behavior in relation to others’ actions.
Work with Things
- Analyze needs and requirements when designing products.
- Design equipment and technology to meet user needs.
- Inspect and evaluate the quality of products.
- Determine the causes of technical problems and find solutions for them.
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- Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly.
Perceive and Visualize
- Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged.
- Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.
- Quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns.