In any engineering field, there must be someone to provide leadership, but at the same time, someone must do the field work or hands-on work. Many skilled tradesmen start out as apprentices. Practical skills are obtained through the watchful eyes of an experienced tradesman. It is a time consuming route to take, but it is necessary to acquire hand skills.
Some people undergo training at colleges or trades school. This is a good starting point for skills training for a technician. With the knowledge and proper guidance from instructors, technicians are able to handle welding electrodes, oxy-acetylene torches, cylinders, lathe machines, milling machines, shaping machines, and drilling machines. These are skills that are very useful in the engineering field. All sorts of creativity can emerge from a person skilled in the handling of tools.
By learning the theoretical aspects of the skills, a technician is able to pick up hand skills very fast. He is able to correct his mistakes, to know the reasons, and practices recommended in the industry.
However in order to do good quality work, a technician must always practice, practice and practice. Nothing can replace that.
In the following pages, we will be looking at some useful manual skills. We will also be providing some useful information on the practical aspects of engineering.
Skilled workers who are able to do quality work are always in demand. Perhaps you may be able to pick up some useful tips here to enhance your career. Perhaps you may be able to relate to your subordinates’ role through knowing something about their work. Or perhaps you will be able to sell your products better when you know how they are being used.