What are some attributes of mission-critical engineers? Well, mission-critical engineers are never complacent, they are always organized and prepared, are always creative and are always looking to improve. They are always observing their surroundings with all their senses, always looking for deficiencies and always ready to take action. A mission-critical engineer doesn’t stop after the first try. Mission-critical engineers understand the importance of their positions and how their employers impact the public. They entered this industry to make a contribution to society. They are ethical, share their knowledge, and strive to motivate others.
I’ve been a mission-critical engineer for close to 30 years and am still puzzled by some things. We all know what an investment of $500 million buys. We invest this money because we think we are buying reliability and business resiliency. After this kind of investment we are enamored with the infrastructure, and we feel confident that it will perform as designed when called upon.