The ideal development engineer: A character sketch

The ability to transfer knowledge is one quality engineering firms look for when hiring for development projects. Here, two U.S. student volunteers explain a water sampling project they initiated in Uganda. Photo by: Engineers Without Borders-USA

Engineers need more than just technical know-how and experience to thrive in the field of international development. Qualities that could build not just infrastructure but also capacity and community place highly in the criteria that engineering firms use to find ideal hires.

Engineering professionals and recruiters shared with Devex the crucial characteristics that an ideal development engineers should have. Here they are.

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    Tarra Quismundo

    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.