12. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Throughout my college career, my classes slowly started to develop a sense of engineering ingenuity in me. I didn't necessarily know all the right answers throughout my college education, but I began to get a handle on the questions that needed to be asked and where to obtain information.
In accordance with this technique in analyzing a problem, I had classes that helped me to develop technical skills and taught me some engineering tools that I may be able to use in engineering practice. Some of these were in the form of engineering computer programs such as Matlab, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, RISA-3D, Python, Excel, etc.
These programs helped me to learn other more easily. For example, I took a Matlab class and learned the basics of computer programming. From that knowledge, I was able to teach myself how to use Python, which is essentially and stripped down free version of Matlab.