If you’ve been dreaming about a new job, it may be time to spruce up your resume and start searching job postings. While the job hunt may take a while, rest assured 2019 promises to be a good year for candidates. Our research - included in our Salary Guide for 2019 - also finds businesses to be optimistic and ready to invest. With many sectors of the Canadian economy projected to grow, engineers will be in demand all year long.
If you’re looking for an engineering job or thinking about switching to a new role, you may be wondering what engineering skills are in demand for 2019. Check your resume for any of these hot engineering skills. If you’ve got them, you could land yourself a job sooner than you think.
1. Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers are going to be in demand in 2019, especially as oil & gas continues to grow in the new year. Chemical engineers or process engineers use their skills to develop new products and processes. They’re most commonly found in the oil & gas sector, but you’ll also find them in mining and manufacturing.
All three of these areas are projected to grow in 2019, so you can be sure employers will be looking for skilled chemical engineers.
2. Civil Engineering
Civil engineers are also going to be in demand in 2019. The construction boom of 2017 didn't really trickle all the way into 2018, but the next year is supposed to make things right. Ongoing projects will continue in 2019, and the industry is still on an upward trajectory. Almost every construction project involves a civil engineer, which means many of them will be needed in 2019!
Why is civil engineering one of the more important engineering skills? Civil engineers look at the world around them and design everything from storm drains to waste water systems to roadways and bridges. As cities continue to grow and infrastructure is needed, civil engineers will be needed.
3. Mechanical Engineers
The resurgence of manufacturing has brought a new demand for mechanical and manufacturing engineers in Canada. As the industry continued to grow in 2018, you can be sure this will be one of the hottest engineering skills on the market.
Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design and functioning of machines, many of which are used in manufacturing, as well as other growing industries.
It’s easy to see engineers will be in demand for 2019 and beyond. If you have some of the skills listed here, now might be the time to make the switch to a new role.
4. Communication Skills
Communication skills may not seem like an engineering skill per se, but you’d be surprised by how many employers want to see great communication in their engineering hires. Communication is, in fact, fundamental for just about any job you can think of.
Engineers need to be skilled communicators for a number of reasons. You may find yourself explaining a new idea during a project pitch or summarizing your research for your superiors. You may need to explain complex instructions to your co-workers and team members.
Brush up on your communication skills before you start sending out your resume. They’ll serve you well.
5. An Analytical Mind
Next up on the list is another soft skill: analytical thinking. Critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis all fall under the logic rubric. Engineers need to be able to think through a problem. Your analysis should show you all sides of a problem and your critical thinking should give you the insight you need to solve the problem in novel ways.
Employers want the best and brightest to work for them for a reason. They want to gain any competitive advantage they can possibly get, which could mean doing things in new and innovative ways to save time and money. Your analytical skills could be the key.