May 2017

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Engineering Case Histories: Case 96: Career paths—technical and management

I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.1 I wanted to do the type of work the people who were under my direction were performing: building and analyzing things. Seventy percent of engineers consider the managerial route for its accompanying decision-making power, promotions, bonuses and salary increases. Furthermore, many companies expect promising engineers to accept supervisory or management opportunities when they are presented. During my career at three large companies, I encountered both technical and managerial ladders

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