6. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
An engineering bachelor's degree is not so much about learning the technical information as it is about learning to solve difficult problems that haven't been solved before. I am not saying the technical skills are important, they are very important. However, an engineer needs to be able to apply himself beyond the books and face tough challenges that aren't a homework problem from class.
For my senior design project, I had to use all of my knowledge and skills to make concrete judgments on a project that is not very common and requires a lot of research and a large learning curve. Our project was that of designing a snowmaking system for Arctic Valley, which was a topic that most engineering students don't have an opportunity to learn about or work with. This is where the engineering judgment I had been forming throughout my college career came into play. I was able to successfully identify, formulate, and solve an engineering problem that was never discussed with me before.