What Do the Engineers Do?
Befitting ECN’s audience, the readers we surveyed are
design engineers who reside in the trenches of product
development for a variety of industries.
Not surprisingly, design and development is the key
engineering function, with more than 40 percent of
respondents saying this is their role. The next largest role
is research and development (less than 16 percent).
The variety of industries our readers developed
products for is wide-ranging. The largest percentage
of respondents for a specific sector was industrial
( 23.47 percent), followed by consumer ( 18.67
percent). A quarter of respondents classified their end
products as “other,” which encompassed areas such
as transportation, energy, educational services, and
Engineering is considered by many to be a difficult,
demanding profession, but our readers relished the
challenge. A majority of our readers replied that
engineering was a satisfying career. Still, as with any other
profession, there are pitfalls that respondents called out.
Just under 39 percent of our readers expressed
satisfaction with their current position, with another 31.5
percent stating they were somewhat satisfied. Only 3. 7
percent said they were very dissatisfied.
Many factors contributed to job dissatisfaction. Fourteen
percent of respondents said inadequate
pay was the main reason for job dissatisfaction.