Being able to be productive wherever you are is a priority for any engineering student, especially those who have to juggle multiple responsibilities. Doing so is easier than ever now thanks to all the productivity tools that are available on multiple platforms.
Having the right tools can make a big difference in your chances of success and staying on top of your responsibilities. The right tools will also make the discipline and coursework more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at some of the best apps for engineering students.
1. Wolfram Alpha
This is a must-have, not only for engineering students, but for engineers in general. A lot of people compare it to Wikipedia for engineers, and that’s pretty accurate. This is a computational knowledge engine that can answer virtually any engineering questions you may have no matter your field.
All you have to do is type a question and Alpha does the rest for you. It will start looking not only in its database, but through external sources as well to give you as accurate an answer as possible. It doesn’t simply give you links either; it will try to actually formulate an answer for you. That’s a tool every aspiring engineer will use time and time again during their studies and beyond.
2. Android Wabbitemu
Wabbitemu is an Android app that allows you to create realistic instrumentation graphs. This tool is used to develop TI graph calculators on any device, which means that you can have a calculator with you wherever you are. This is an emulator, meaning that it will react exactly the same as your hardware calculator in a lab or office environment.
Note that while the original Wabbitemu was for Android users originally, there was a version created for iOS. There’s also a version for Windows phones. You can get them on your app store or on eBay and Amazon.
3. Office Lens
Engineers often have to digitize items on the go and this is exactly what this application does. This app allows you to photograph physical documents, crop them, and save them as a scanned file. You can then use the file and turn it into a PDF, JPG, or Word format.
This will be a tool that a lot of people in engineering management in particular will use profusely. If you are thinking of going down that route, we suggest you check out this article. It will give you a better idea of what you can expect and the skills and aptitude you will need and acquire.
CamScanner is another great tool if you want to digitize physical documents. What’s great about this app is the customization options. You can take a picture of any physical object, modify its geometry, transform esthetics, and send it to anyone in the format of your choice. It supports JPG, Word, and PDF formats.
You will also need to get familiar with Dropbox if you want to be able to share important files between different parties fast. Dropbox is perfect for engineers and engineering students working on bulky CAD design, robotics, or animation files. It comes with tons of storage – more than enough for all your files. Authorized users will be able to access and modify documents from any device from wherever they are.
6. CAD Pockets
CAD Pockets is a great tool for engineering students but is simple and intuitive enough to be used by hobbyists as well. CAD pockets allow engineers to draw, measure and view their projects in 3D. The multi-touch interface and ease of use give it the precision and flexibility you simply can’t get with a pen and paper.
7. Engineering Unit Converter
Engineering Unit Converter is perfect if you’re looking for an all-in-one converting tool for engineering calculations. This tool is easy to use and user-friendly. The interface has two spinning wheels where you can pick the categories you want to convert and then input corresponding values so you can perform the conversion. It supports length, energy, electric charge, and entropy conversion.
This is a totally free app for electronic and electric engineering students. This is a reference and electronic tool database for professionals and students looking for immediate help and information when trying to solve problems.
There are currently two versions of the app – the original and the pro version. The original version is free but has a substantial number of ads which may make the experience a little bit less enjoyable. The experience is much more seamless on the pro version and you should consider going for it if you don’t want to constantly get annoyed with ads.
You can find the app for virtually all platforms. You can get it for Android, iOS, Windows phones, and even Blackberry.
Chegg is an app that is great for engineering students of all kinds, but especially those who are getting their degree online. Chegg allows you to rent digital versions of books. Students can use Chegg if they need to use a particular manual for one time only. It’s a great way to save on books and also allows students to sell their books on the platform.
Engineering students would also be wise to start looking at what’s available as far as productivity apps go. Engineering is a field that demands a lot of discipline and concentration, and it’s easy to fall behind. One of the best tools you could pick up is Freedom which allows you to block distractions.
Most tools of this kind will only block distractions on the device you’re using. Freedom goes a step beyond and will block both apps and websites for a predetermined period. So, you won’t find yourself having Instagram blocked on your computer only to receive notifications on your phone. The tool also has a neat function that blocks you from changing your setting mid-session.
Another tool you should consider picking up is Serene. This one goes a step further than Freedom and will help you structure your day. For instance, you can set specific times for focused work and start a timer on Serene. Your apps and chosen websites will be blocked, concentration music will start playing, and a countdown timer will start.
Every time you try to take your attention somewhere else, the timer will be shown as a reminder. Serene can also be coupled with other tools like Todoist, Trello, and Asana with Zapier.
We all know how valuable Evernote can be for scheduling, and Google Keep for keeping track of events and deadlines. If you want the best of both worlds on one nifty tool, iStudiez is for you. The app has a nice easy to use interface that allows students to have a quick overview of their assignments, lab work, and projects. It also allows you to input grades so you can calculate cumulative grade point averages.
This is another essential tool for collaboration. This tool allows you to add annotations to PDFs. It also allows you to highlight certain parts of the document, has an extensive library and allows you to sync work across multiple devices. Note, however, that it will cost you. While the first 2 gigabytes of storage are free, you will have to pay anywhere from $55 to $165 per year for additional storage.
Teamwork calls for clear visual instructions and MindMeister is a tool that helps create idea maps. It’s great for those who have to create presentations or organize teams. It’s very easy to use and is great for students and professionals. This is a tool you might end up using long after you’ve finished your studies.
If you have a lot of responsibilities outside of your studies, you need to find an app that will focus on more than just work-related activities. This is why we would suggest you pick an app like MyLifeOrganized.
This is one of the most efficient task management apps you can find. It allows you to set schedules for specific tasks and break each and every one of them into actionable items. You can also easily reprioritize items thanks to the easy-to-use interface.
16. Stepping Blocks
Engineering students also need to start looking at their life after class if they want to kick start their careers. A tool like Stepping Blocks could give you valuable guidance if you’re unsure of which career path to take. It will also allow you to discover companies that are looking for people with your skillset.
Not only that, but it could also help you in your course choice so that you pick the skills that are in most demand in the market at the moment. You’ll also be able to take a look at the job outlook for different positions.
If you want the best chances at succeeding during and after your studies as an engineer, we suggest you pick up these tools. They will help you to stay on top of your game and many will be used by you throughout your career.