Ready for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering Career by Dean C. MillarReady for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering Career by Dean C. Millar

Ready for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering Career

byDean C. Millar

Paperback | August 19, 2010

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Ready for Takeoff is 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.
Dean C. Millar is an Assistant Dean at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. In 1994, he began the Engineering Career Institute, a program that complements engineering coursework and gives engineering students real-world professional skills, including pre-employment classes and credit-worthy industrial employment exp...
Title:Ready for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering CareerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:August 19, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0136081274

ISBN - 13:9780136081272


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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Editorial Reviews

“The author’s rich background in industry and higher education, combined with his passion for working with students, is the book’s greatest strength.  Millar is credible, Comprehensive, and personable in his approach…an engineer talking to engineers.” -Helen Oloroso, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY   “It’s relevance for aspiring engineers and the fact that it is tailored specifically to engineers, the real life examples and down-to-earth advice from successful engineers, and the straight forward, no nonsense style are it’s greatest strengths.” -Jack Rayman, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY   “I would recommend the book because it cleverly blends common topics with the very important soft skills that are often brushed aside in engineering curriculums.  I also like that it embraces engineering substance and provides numerous example presented by actual engineers.” -Mark Savage, CORNELL UNIVERSITY   “The topical coverage is comprehensive and covers all topics important to conducting a comprehensive job search process.” -Louise Carrese, RIT   “It is actually a very easy read, and I enjoyed the somewhat ‘informal’ tone of the text.  I believe that will benefit the students and probably help them want to read it.” -Thomas M. Akins, GEORGIA TECH