Day In A Life As An Engineer

Can someone explain a day in a life as an engineer? I want to know a day in a life as a civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, and engineers from Intel, state agencies like Department of Water Resources or Caltrans, Google, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and other big companies. This would be really beneficial for me.

Sam Lee

"Engineer" is a pretty broad title. Can you want to specify a little more? Civil/mech/ee/etc are all very, very different positions. Are you trying to decide between a specialty? Perhaps it would be enlightening to know why you want to be an "engineer"

I just want to know what a day in a life for each engineer (civil, mechanical, electrical, computer) as well as engineers from Intel, Google, or Caltrans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other firms.

Hm...I think what could help us out is a bit more information on what kind of engineering path you're interested in. For example, an engineer at a massive public tech business like Google will be very different than an engineer for a government business like Caltrans which will be very different than an engineer at a prviate startup with 5 people.

If you give us a few more specifics, we can go from there. :)

Hey Chris,

A day in a life as:
software/hardware/electronics engineer at big tech companies like Intel, Google, etc. or just in general,
information technology engineer at " ",
mechanical engineer (mostly the technology side of mechanical and renewable energy aspect of it), and
power engineers as well like SMUD and other power engineering companies.
I figured out what's a day life as a civil engineer already.


Sam Lee

So from what I've seen, junior engineers spend more time executing work assigned to them by product/project managers (PMs). You'll work closely with your equals and ask for help from more senior engineers. When you're at this stage, your job is to write clean and quality code while meeting your deadlines. The most commendable thing I've seen is an engineer who doesn't say "no. that can't be done" and gets stuff done.

As you make your way up, you'll spend more time in meetings, providing insight on how something will be built or even contribute to the direction of the product based on your expertise. Here, a strong engineer is someone who can communicate and collaborate with others because, at this point, we know you can do the job. Now, prove that you can lead and think of the bigger picture.

Thanks Chris, appreciate the input. Helps a lot.