19. The Leading Reasons Engineers are Not Successful

  1. John A. Hoschette

Published Online: 30 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470530177.ch19

The Engineer's Career Guide

The Engineer's Career Guide

How to Cite

Hoschette, J. A. (2010) The Leading Reasons Engineers are Not Successful, in The Engineer's Career Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470530177.ch19

Author Information

  1. Lockheed Martin, Eagan, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470503508

Online ISBN: 9780470530177



  • leading reasons engineers are not successful;
  • common causes of being unsuccessful - poor communication skills, poor relations, inflexibility


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition of Being Unsuccessful

  • Leading Causes for Being Unsuccessful

  • Inept or Poor Communication Skills

  • Poor Relations with the Supervisor

  • Inflexibility

  • Poor or Lax Work Habits

  • Too Much Independence

  • Technical Incompetence

  • You Don't Know What You Don't Know

  • Bull in a China Shop

  • Taking on More Than You Can Handle

  • Trying To Do Too Much Too Fast

  • Things Take Longer Than Planned

  • Overly Optimistic Progress Scheduling

  • Not Willing To Put In the Extra Effort

  • Summary

  • Assignments and Discussion Topics

  • References