Top 5 Software That Every Engineer Should Know – Check It Out

“Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world” – Elon Musk

And what is a magician without his spells?

India Today recently reported that a staggering 80% of Indian engineers are unemployable. Since there is a huge gap between what an engineer learns in college and what the employers need.

In this article, we will try to bridge this gap by finding out the 5 Most Important and Widely Used Software that Every Engineer Should Know. Possessing good knowledge and hands-on experience in these software’s can add huge weightage to your CV.

5 Software Every Engineer Should Know



In an industry, nothing is made without a design, hence CAD is one of the most important tools one needs to hold under his belt. CAD helps to keep the quality of the design high at the same time making the process i.e. the editing & storage, the analysis much easy. CAD supports 2-D as well as 3-D designing.

Cad also allows its user to carry out engineering calculations. CAD can be used to carry out photo simulation that enables an architect to load live photographs into the building structures made to analyze and understand its environmental sustainability.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Image

Few of the best commercial CAD applications are mentioned below.

Paid applications

  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Brics CAD
  • Cobalt
  • Iron CAD

Open-source application

  • Blender
  • Brics CAD shape
  • Open CAD
  • Q CAD

It is one of the most important software that every engineer should know, hence in our top 5 list.

Engineering Streams: Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Applied Electronics, Civil, Mechatronics, Automobiles.


Python is a computer programming language used for a wide range of coding applications. Python is an open-source application with well structured and dedicated libraries.

Python is a general-purpose programming application and hence can be used for a wide range of applications and at the same time can very handy for personalized or tailored applications. Python is very close to the human language and hence is easy to learn.

Scope in ML/AI is vast if you learn python as a skill. So, it is a must, if you are looking for 6figure salaries. Hence, in our list for 5 software that every engineer should know.

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Python Programming

Engineering Streams: Computer Science, Software, IT, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communication.


MATLAB is a well-balanced combination of three major aspects of engineering – Math, Programming, and Graphics.

MATLAB is designed to aid analysis of data, developing algorithms, creating models, and to carry out calculations. MATLAB provides a computerized experience for analysis and design process using programming language expresses matrix and array calculations explicitly.

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Matlab Images

Engineering Streams: Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science, Robotics.


MATHCAD is a software that helps one to do mathematical operations and add relevant images & graphs into it and produce a well-defined document which gives a hand solved problem experience. It aids plotting, unit conversions, programming, linear algebraic operations, and a lot more.

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Mathcad Image

Engineering Streams: All streams. (No engineering without math)


Revit MEP (Mechanical Electrical Plumbing) is a more customized and specific version of CAD created by Autodesk. It specializes in building design for professionals.

Revit MEP enables the designing of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing applications required for building as per needs. They have huge preset directories that make the work much easier.

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Design communication, easier editing, tool creation, product simulations are all major features of Revit MEP. There are other forms of Revit like Revit Architecture and Revit Structure but from an engineer’s point of view, Revit MEP is the most relevant software.

It is the must to have skill if you are from core engineering branches. Hence, is added in our list of 5 Software Every Engineer Should Know.

Engineering Streams: Electrical, Mechanical, Civil.

The above mentioned are few of the most famous software’s among engineers a few more are listed below for consideration.

  • Visual Basics for Applications
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Catia
  • Fusion 360

One thing that every engineering student needs to understand that the B.Tech degree one hold is the basics requirement that you need for a job. It will not make you special or give you an advantage rather it will just make you one among millions.

Hence it is the other special skill you earn along with your studies is that will make you stand out in the crowd and make you more employable. Hence pack your schedules tight and put in some extra work, you will never regret it.

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