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Topic Title: Do Engineers make good Managers ?
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Created On: 13 April 2012 07:40 PM
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 13 April 2012 07:40 PM
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sunnyboy

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http://www.theengineer.co.uk/1012330.article?cmpid=TE01

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 13 April 2012 09:18 PM
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adamtaylor

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My belief is that you get good, average and bad in everything

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 14 May 2012 02:48 PM
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Nick2

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Just as you would not expect an individual to call themselves an engineer without the necessary training and qualifications, it is unreasonable to assume that an engineer is able to provide effective management without being trained in that role.

It is too often the case that an individual is promoted out of the job they did well, into one they are not qualified to do or have any aptitude for. The result is one fewer engineer and one more incompetent manager...

Many, with the right support, make excellent managers but there is often an assumption that someone can just step into a job that requires a very different set of skills. It is unfair on them and on those whom they manage.

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 17 May 2012 07:18 PM
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jencam

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Originally posted by: Nick2
Just as you would not expect an individual to call themselves an engineer without the necessary training and qualifications, it is unreasonable to assume that an engineer is able to provide effective management without being trained in that role.

It is too often the case that an individual is promoted out of the job they did well, into one they are not qualified to do or have any aptitude for. The result is one fewer engineer and one more incompetent manager...

Many, with the right support, make excellent managers but there is often an assumption that someone can just step into a job that requires a very different set of skills. It is unfair on them and on those whom they manage.


Excellent article. You really hit the nail on the head.

I have encountered (too) many bad managers that lacked the credentials and the knowledge to be effective managers who were in the position simply because they were time served or promoted.
 17 May 2012 07:52 PM
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mbirdi

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A CEng is supposed to indicate a person has good engineering, management and finance skills. If a CEng doesn't fit these profiles, they have been wrongly registered, which is detrimental to the reputation of the IET.

A similar situation applies to IEngs and EngTechs, though to a lesser extent.

Members in the MIET and TMIET are supposed to demonstrate good engineering skills, though they may have one or more of the skills mentioned above, in which case they should apply for registration.
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