What is a good engineer?

i came across your website while I was looking for tips on "how to be a good engineer".

At my new job, I have problems analyzing and digesting information fast. It usually takes me two sets of instructions to understand the task at hand. But once I know what needs to be done, I am pretty good at it.
Does that mean I am not a 'good' engineer?
posted by Anon, California on November 1, 2012

Answer by Egirl Team

I don't think there is just one quality that makes a good engineer.  While someone may be considered a very good engineer when working in a certain position in a certain company, it is likely they would not excel in the same way in some other positions.  Taking the extra time to make sure you understand a problem before diving in is not necessarily a bad thing.  If it has become problematic in your particular job I would suggest you speak with your supervisor about what you can do to improve the situation.  There may be some simple processes you can put in place to make everyone's job easier.