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Are Engineering Certifications Worth It?

November 8th, 2012

The engineering industry is open with many possible opportunities, but it is still a highly competitive field. If you are looking to change positions or move up in your own organization, engineering certifications can help.

Certifications can take time, and off-the-clock studying and work, but the general consensus from human resource professionals is that the effort taken to acquire an advanced certification is worth it.

Engineering certificates are a way to diversify yourself from the crowd, as well as to validate your professional skill. Certifications measure you higher in the engineering field against colleagues that may not have them.

The goal of a certification is to define your expertise and acknowledge your individual abilities in your field. They cannot replace a degree or professional license, but add value to your current resume and level of expertise. Some of the best reasons for attaining a professional certification include:

  • Increased marketability
  • Showcase of knowledge
  • Proof of credibility
  • Mark of respect

In a survey given by, 100% of participants preferred engineering certifications when hiring for new positions and for internal promotions. These certifications are guarantees that an employee has great knowledge in their preferred sector, and sets a high standard for the measurement of employee skill.

Engineering certifications can cover an array of topics including thermal system design, computer-aided manufacturing and applied mechanics. Common certificate programs include:

  • Advanced material mechanics
  • Convection heat
  • Stress analysis
  • Integrated manufacturing systems
  • Advanced control systems
  • Finite element analysis

If you are looking for an organization to go to that provides these certifications, there are many that offer product and personnel certifications. Product certification assures that an applicable American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standard is fulfilled. Personnel certifications provide a uniform standard for evaluating professional knowledge. Many can be attained through the ASME. The ASME has certified more than 6,000 manufacturers in 7 countries and serves as the standard for the industry.

Contact The Talley Group for the best positions in the engineering industry and to be represented as a top candidate.

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