1. Creative Output
A good engineer must be a creative engineer. Only in the ideal world, you can get the required repair part, have the knowledge and tools in the exact moment when you need them, however the real life is slightly different. You may not have the specific part or tool to perform the required action and only the deeper look and plenty of creativity will help you fight against ticking clock during the simulator failure.
It may be difficult to believe but that creativity must be used in productive way. From zero to very minimum investments are required in programming work to get an actual and useful result. It can be anything from personal Movies collection database to WEB page development for their friend. That’s why programming, database or web page design work is quite popular among sim engineers during their personal free time.
2. Dirty Hands
Most of sim engineer have an interest in cars, motorbikes and technical stuff. Mechanical work is a part of simulator maintenance tasks. Sim engineers gain quite a lot of practical experience which is very useful after work hours. The car or motorbike repair is an excellent scope of work to release all the potential mix of knowledge and interest.
3. Repair Genius
The popular idea is that if you are maintaining Full Flight Simulator, then you are able to repair anything at home. Anything from TV set configuration, broken Coffee Machine, computer upgrade, to domestic electricity is going to be assigned to sim engineer responsibility. And almost each engineer will enjoy those small challenges.