What Makes An Engineering Professional?

December 28, 2010

Integrity. Motivation. Objectivity. Ability. Audacity.

Integrity. Motivation. Objectivity. Ability. AUDACITY!

Integrity is the foundation of our technical profession. Without credibility, how can we expect others to rely on our work?

Motivation gives us the passion to see the work through. The discipline to do the impossible difficult calculations, to find the answer in the data available. To complete the assignment. And verify our solution.

Objectivity is the greatest tool of our profession. Learning, understanding, and applying the facts to a situation that we have analyzed, and anticipating the consequences is our objective work. We rely on facts and data.

Ability is how we execute. We have served our apprenticeship, learned our profession. We have spent time with the books. We have learned to do the math, and understand which  mathematical relationships apply to the situations we are asked to solve. We have rolled up our sleeves. Used the tools. And learned from doing.

Audacity is the engineer’s greatest gift to mankind. How audacious- to seek a better way. How daring to invest time and effort to solve the difficult problem. How dare we tackle the greatest problems facing humanity- safe water systems, safe transportation systems, safe medical devices, utilities and technologies to make our world a better place.

 How dare we try to find a better way?

Photo credit: Thanks to the Audacious Engineers of NASA Apollo 8

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It’s All About Execution

April 8, 2010

Either you can execute, or you can't...

Don’t You Agree?

It’s not about ability to promise.

Heck, that’s pretty easy.

It’s not about ability to plan.

I’ve seen (and made) some pretty nice plans in my day.

But plans that aren’t executed are- well,  not much more than recorded dreams.

I think that it’s all about execution. That is, meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations every day.

Every day! Every Customer! Every transaction! Every touch!

What is the secret of execution?

There are a couple. But the most important is your company’s commitment to continuous improvement.

Continuous improvement is what helps you keep your service and processes leading and sustainable.

The minute you stop improving, you reduce your chance of successful execution.

Every year, PMPA produces a NATIONAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE.

We execute. But the reason we produce this conference is so that our member companies can drive continuous improvement of their key people.  The people who make a difference- in their shop, in their culture, and to their customers.

I am looking forward to meeting the industry’s executioners in Pittsburgh at PMPA’s NTC.

Because it’s all about execution. Isn’t it?

Register.

Hotel.

Execution is the key. PMPA’s National Technical Conference drives execution by giving attendees tools they can use for continuous improvement.

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