ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
Case study problem identification has been done in academic training. However case study based approach is not that comprehensive. The case study approach also does not include the actual details such as time constraints and more. In the Industry placement, while working with problem identification it was much easier than the case study approach. However I believe this is because the problem was not of a large magnitude. The industry placement however helped in understanding how real time work problems might not be constrained to a time or place. I was able to observe in real time settings how different issues come up at all times. At one end there are work orders and issues being cleared, and at the other newer issues from procurement for some clients and handover for others comes up.
ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
A systems approach is more suited for the civil engineering field as it manages to incorporate both external and internal forces in its design. In the workplace some of the key elements that I was able to note which enhances my knowledge of systems approach is that of the interactive nature of the work, the way the organization uses feedback from the site with the feedback from clients and more. I believe that the use of this approach cost the unit that I worked with in terms of time. However in a more comprehensive sense, the approach was able to save resources and increase operational performance.
ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large;
I believe that the work experience enhanced my communication skills. Communication skills have to be encouraged in the workplace, where I worked I believe the communication protocol was more aligned towards a many to many structure and this ensured that all employee communication was listened too. There were two types of communication jargons that I learnt, at one end I learnt how to communicate with the engineers, and at another I also learned how to communicate results to rend clients in an easier form for them. This was not easy at first, however as this placement taught me, with time and more experience I believe I could better my communication skills.