Students and professionals intending to succeed in engineering must gain access, read, and understand the best and latest engineering books. However, bookshops, libraries, bookstore shelves are filled with so many engineering books that prospective engineering students and professionals do not know which book to pick. This article gives an insight into the best available engineering books for students and practicing engineers, written by some of the best practicing engineers and scholars.
The first engineering book worth reading is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Though it looks odd being listed among the best engineering books, this book is ideal for modern engineers and students because even engineers require interacting with clients and other human beings in their professional and academic lives. Hence, this book, which is a typical relationship book, has sufficient information of enormous value for soft skill development in engineers.
The other highly recommended engineering book is The Making of an Expert Engineer by Professor James Trevelyan. This book appears closer to everyday engineering work than the former by Dale Carnegie. In the latter book, rich information is availed on the daily life and experiences of engineers at their workplace. It is thus instrumental in preparing engineering students for their future at the engineering workplace. Besides, The Making of an Expert Engineer is useful to practicing engineers and the larger engineering fraternity.
The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield is the other high-value engineering book for professional and student engineers. Its core message is the interconnection between engineering and creativity. Also, the book is recommended for its elaborate warnings to engineers about the myriad obstacles they are poised to encounter in their jobs. In the last sections of the book, the author calls on engineers to use their innovativeness to overcome these obstacles. This book comes highly recommended for engineers who would like to develop the acumen and sharp skills for avoiding and overcoming engineering challenges.
The other good read, Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations by Paul Axtell, brings out the importance of meetings in engineering, especially at the workplace. In summary, the book highlights the small but easily ignored mechanisms for organizing and holding meetings for engineers.
For the real mechanical engineering work, a vastly recommended book is Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual by Michael Lindeburg. This book is also ideal for mechanical engineering students planning to do well in their examinations. A notable feature about the book is its practice problems, which seem quite difficult to solve. Luckily, the problems are more difficult that what examiners always include in exam papers. Therefore, the revision questions in the book do a lot in preparing candidates for exams. The book, however, is not a preserve of engineering exam candidates, is it equally useful to practicing mechanical engineers. Reading the book really simplifies real-world engineering problems for readers and practicing engineers.