An Intern’s Perspective on Team Engineering

I have had a fascination over the past several months with the incredible feats of engineering that were accomplished during the space race.  Engineers of all trades worked tirelessly together to design, prototype, test, re-prototype, and ultimately create vehicles capable of breaking the sound barrier and taking man to the moon.

The most impressive thing to me in all of this is not the end product these teams produced, but the reality that as a team, these engineers were able to design and develop products that redefined the envelope of possible.  Working together, these engineers used their individual expertise and knowledge to troubleshoot and design workarounds and solutions for each obstacle encountered.

Working as an intern at SGW Designworks over the past year, I have had the privilege of working alongside an incredible team of individual engineers who collaboratively have designed and delivered an impressive portfolio of quality products across a broad range of industries.  Their method has proven effective and efficient in the design and development of products.

Rather than selecting a single direction and sinking all the clients resources into it, the team brainstorms and comes up with possible solutions or workarounds, depending on the situation.  Individual engineers are then tasked to test each idea.  The team again meets to review the findings and make a collective decision on which ideas to pursue and which to forego.

This process results in a systematic and efficient use of the client’s resources to deliver the best product.  Instead of a single engineer getting stuck at a critical design point, the team is able to bring their collective expertise to bear on a number of solutions to find one that ultimately works for the client.

This is one of the things that I have experienced that provides value to the client’s of SGW Designworks.