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Unwritten Laws of Engineering: Revised and Updated Edition

Unwritten Laws of Engineering: Revised and Updated Edition

Unwritten Laws of Engineering: Revised and Updated Edition
By W. J. King, James G. Skakoon

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Book Description

This fully revised and updated edition of the 1944 classic serves as a crucial compilation of 'house rules' or a professional code. This new edition keeps the style of the original and much of its content. Changes reflect shifted societal values, changed employment laws and evolved corporate structures. Packed with contemporary examples, this new volume is a must for those entering the engineering field or for those interested in improving their professional effectiveness.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #148716 in Books
  • Published on: 2001-06-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.02" h x .16" w x 5.98" l, .20 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 69 pages

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Must read book for any working professional.
Anyone working professional that is in a company big enough to have seperate job functions (or departments, if you like) can benefit tremendously from this book. It might as well be titled, "Unwritten Laws of Working with Other Adults to Accomplish Work and Achieve Personal Success". Of course, that might not fit so easily on such a small front cover.

I stumbled upon this book about 3 years into my first job as an engineer at a large corporation. Immediately I wished I had found it the day I first started. All of the principles in this book are clear, concise, and make perfect sense to implement. I feel like my attitude towards what I'm being asked to do at work has improved tremendously, and I don't think it was bad to begin with. It's like I finally "get it", and I can spot my co-workers who still do not.

What do you do when you're being asked to work on something beneath your abilities?
What is the single greatest attribute of a new professional?
How do you handle being asked to do something by another department?
How do you handle enlisting another department to peform work for your projects? Or, how do you handle a project that affects another department's function or domain?

All of these questions are answered and more.

It seems amazing that a book written so long ago by some engineer in a different field, different company, and different job could hit the nail on the head so precisely. If someone had told me this book was written in present day by one of my co-workers, I would have believed them. I have since read this book once a year, because I firmly believe it is the key to success. I think it should be handed out to every college grad who will be going to work for others.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent for Aspiring Engineers
By J. Barker
As a new engineering graduate, I found this book to be immensely helpful in the way that I tackle problems that face my company. I'd say the most important lesson that I learned from this book is to try to be pragmatic. In my industry, it is not always prudent to rely on the expertise / theory that you learn to develop during school, and this book discusses what separates "junior" engineers from the "senior" engineers. Since reading this book a few months ago and making a conscious effort to think like a senior engineer, I have been given more challenging projects and tasks that were not originally meant for myself. I can tell that this is definitely a jewel that I am going to keep. I even let a few engineering friends borrow it for their own careers.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5The essential interpersonal skills book for the engineer
By Ron George
Inventor and engineer James Skakoon has done the profession of engineering a great service by delivering some immutable codes of the engineering profession. Somewhere in this book, the naked truth is mentioned - a number of empirical studies of on-the-job excellence have clearly and repeatedly established that communication, interpersonal skills etc play a larger role in superior job performance than just being a scholar in technical details. Yet, most of the university and school emphasis is precisely in the latter area.

This book bridges the gap by offering a glimpse at the "soft" skills', gathered from engineering experience. The rules are not wordy and there certainly are no page length case studies with each. But the short, clear statements will at least make you cognizant of these interpersonal relationships and personal codes when carrying out day to day engineering decisions at the office. The book is also well suited for executives, who often forget that it is important to deal with subordinates in the "right" manner, regardless of distinct management styles. When the going gets tough, yes you may have to be a headache to everyone in the office but there needs to be a line that you cannot cross.

I feel this is a golden book that must be used from time to time, not just read once and stuffed away in a drawer somewhere for dust to collect.

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