What Skills Do Engineering Employers Look For?

The skills a potential employer is looking for depend heavily on the type of engineering job you’re applying for, along with the company’s expectations of the person who steps into the role. Be sure to thoroughly examine your application materials and consider whether or not you’ve highlighted the best skills to match the job and job description. But there are some general skills that most engineering employers would like to see.


All engineers should possess a core fundamental skillset. These skills include:

  • Mathematics
  • Project management
  • Computer science
  • Technical reading and writing
  • Industry-specific laws and regulations
  • Basic accounting and finance

Technical Skills

These hard skills may vary by industry and engineering specialization, but typically include some or all of the following:

  • Computer programming
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Machine and tool operation
  • Maintenance and diagnostics
  • Quality control
  • Inventory management
  • Prototyping
  • Robotics
  • Data analytics

Soft Skills

No matter which field of engineering you are in, employers will look for critical soft skills that demonstrate your ability to add value to the team. These include:

  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving and critical thinking

No two engineering jobs are exactly alike, and no two employers are identical. Some companies are looking for people with standout management abilities to fast-track into higher level roles. Others want engineers with highly specific technical skills to fill in knowledge gaps on their existing team. So it’s always vital to carefully assess the job description to make sure you’re the right fit. But no matter what the advertised position is, gaining as many of the above skills as possible can help ensure that engineering employers give you serious consideration.

About PEAK

PEAK Technical Consulting has created connections with employers nationwide, where you can find projects and roles to make the most of your abilities and advance your career. Since 1968, PEAK has helped engineering professionals find jobs that offer flexibility, challenges and rewards. We are committed to giving you the resources and support you need to build the career of your dreams.

If you are looking for employers and opportunities that will take your engineering career to the next level and help you to achieve your goals, contact a PEAK recruitment expert today.


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