The RTM Engineering Consultants team is encouraged to sign up for various seminars and professional development hours to expand our knowledge and ensure we provide consistent and innovative designs to our clients. We advocate for both internal and external training that benefits employees throughout the company. In an ongoing Advice for Engineers blog series, we share tips and insights aimed at helping the next generation of engineers grow and excel within the industry.
We’ve all heard the saying about what happens when you assume so it may be surprising to learn that for engineers, making assumptions in certain situations is encouraged. When taking on a new project, it’s always best to arm yourself with facts; however, uncertainties often still remain after you’ve done your due diligence. With a looming deadline and no definite answers in sight, it’s time to improvise.
“We want to maintain momentum, and making educated assumptions is much better than stopping and waiting for an answer,” said RTM Principal Mitesh Smart, P.E.
With every assumption, be sure to critically analyze the possible outcomes in an effort to ensure that the result will not cause major issues or become complicated to reverse.
“Remember, the whole idea behind making assumptions is to keep projects from stalling, so make them thoughtfully and intelligently to avoid any major hiccups. It’s also essential that you make a list of your assumptions and put them on a plan or send them to the client for verification after your submission goes out,” said Smart.
“Keep moving the project forward and your efforts will prove worthwhile and beneficial when you hit your deadline,” added Smart.