Are engineering skills gained over time or do they come naturally?

Hello! I'm a rising junior in high school, and I am very interested in aerospace engineering. I love physics and calculus, and I've always been fascinated by human space flight. However, I was never one of the kids who would build go-carts or take apart engines to see how they worked. I don't feel like I have the basic hand-skills that mechanics have. In engineering, is it necessary to have those skills at the start of your degree, or are they gained over time and practice? And once you are working as an engineer, how often are those skills utilized? Thank you!
posted by Mary, Tallahassee, FL on July 15, 2014

Answer by Zahra Khan

Mary. I was totally like that when I started as well.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn those skills in engineering school. Some are through required classes and others through engineering extra curricular activities. 

As for a job, it's highly dependent on the job. I don't use any hands on skills at my job though I would love to. Also I didn't spend as much time as I would have liked learning hands on skills in school so its not my best strength. But I'm actually learning and using more skills for fun now outside of work.