RTM Engineering Consultants is proud to announce that Consulting-Specifying Engineer, one of the top publications providing high-value content to engineers, published an article ‘The recipe to becoming a principal engineer’, authored by RTM Principal Mitesh Smart, PE, CxA.
The piece highlights transformative steps engineers can take to help them move towards the possibly of becoming the principal engineer at a full service MEP/FP firm. There are many standard traits—a positive can-do attitude, honesty and integrity, time- and task-management skills, and a strong work ethic—to exhibit to obtain a leadership position; however, to become a principal, an engineer must be able to possess additional skills, habits, and traits that will sustain the company’s performance and growth.
Additional leadership skills and traits include:
Become an expert at your company: Becoming a well-rounded expert in your company’s services will set you apart from your colleagues/competitors.
Set personal goals: Setting personal goals, such as learning a new language or obtaining a certification, are very time-consuming and require discipline to achieve.
Join a public speaking club: Joining a public speaking club is an effective way to polish your speaking skills. Although at first, this could be very difficult for an introvert, over time, a structured course designed to eliminate bad speaking habits can make anyone a polished, confident speaker.
Smart has more than 25 years of experience in MEP/FP system design for projects in both the public and private sectors. He is responsible for the overall quality of projects to ensure the highest level of service is delivered to clients.