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Ready for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering Career, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Dean C. Millar

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Aug 30, 2010

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An appropriate companion text for all courses in engineering, and for engineering professionals.


Your career in Engineering is about to take off.


There is simply no other book on the market like Ready for Takeoff. Author Dean Millar uses plain English, specific examples, and insights from industry experts to explain the steps you need to take to identify, and then go after, the engineering job that’s right for you.


Part I of this unique book starts by helping you assess your own unique skills and abilities and understand how they match opportunities in the job market. The author then explains the basics of a successful job hunt, including how to write a resume that sells your skills, using your university’s career center to your advantage, and nailing the interview. Part II offers career advice and expectations from 32 industry insiders like CEOs and Engineering Directors, and explores career development. Finally, Part III covers the finer points of success in your field such as leadership, motivation, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

Table of Contents



Part 1

Pre-Employment Success: Understanding Yourself and Getting the Right Job


Chapter 1

Introduction and Your Four-Year Plan of Career Development


Chapter 2

Important Life Realities


Chapter 3

Self-Analysis: Your First Career Step


Chapter 4

Market Research: Engineering Opportunities


Chapter 5

Your Resume and Cover Letter


Chapter 6

Your University’s Career Center


Chapter 7

Organizing and Executing Your Job Search


Chapter 8

The Successful Interview


Chapter 9

Follow-Up Action


Chapter 10

Starting Employment


Part 2

Professional Functions and Opportunities


Chapter 11

Overview of Industry: Executive Panel


Chapter 12

Project Management


Chapter 13

Value Engineering


Chapter 14

Quality Engineering


Chapter 15

Lean Enterprise


Chapter 16

Engineering Professionalism, Ethics, and Responsibility


Chapter 17



Chapter 18

Academic Careers and Graduate School


Chapter 19

Becoming a Global Citizen


Part 3

Personal and Professional Success Skills


Chapter 20

Self Reliance, Planning, and Time Management


Chapter 21

Empowerment and Motivation


Chapter 22

Interpersonal Skills


Chapter 23

Teamwork in Industry


Chapter 24



Chapter 25

Effective Writing and Presentation Skills


Chapter 26

Transition to Industry

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