An engineering consultant work closely with the client. He or she liaise between the client and firm. It is a given requirement for a consultant to have excellent technical skills. These skills will enable him to perform the tasks required of the project. But aside from technical skills, there are other qualities an engineer must possess to become a good consultant. Here are five of them:
Excellent Communication Skills
As a liaison between the firm and the client, an engineering consultant must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Especially during the preliminary discussion phase, there would be a series of exchanges of letters and phone calls until both parties have agreed on the project. From then, it is a constant communication to give updates and other matters. Therefore, it is not enough that you’re an excellent civil engineer Sydney, for example, who can handle any complicated task. You should be able to express your ideas to the client as well, who may not be as technically knowledgeable as you are.
Being part of a consulting firm, you would be scouting for clients on your own. In order to close a contract or project for the firm, you would need to have negotiation skills. In addition, you should also be tactful and has talent for diplomacy.
Particularly, being able to distinguish between strategically important and the trivial matters. When negotiating, there are some things that the client may not agree upon. You should be able to discern when to let go, especially if it isn’t a priority.
Even though you’re, let’s say, a professional Electrical engineer in Brisbane, and should just focus on doing your job, it is inevitable that you would be handling a client or two. When you have multiple consulting client, each client should have their own file. You should also manage your timeline so that there would be no conflict in scheduling. As such, you should possess a good attention to detail. Organization skills is vital in making sure that your files are in order which will make project management less stressful.
We’ve mentioned that as a consulting engineer, you are the firm’s liaison. This also means that you would be working closely with the client and the workers on the project. Therefore, you should be able to interact or communicate with people whether they’re construction workers or the manager of the client’s company.
Some of these skills are inherent to people while others can be learned. If you want to be a successful consulting engineer, you should develop these qualities.