What programming language should I know to impress employers in engineering?

I am in an awkward position, but basically trying to find a job in engineering (not computer engineering, possibly product development or signals processing) and I thought maybe if I pick up a mainstream programming language I would be more suitable for the work environment. Don't worry about my ability to learn it, I have some familiarity with programming already. Thanks!

Asked By: Pareidolon 6,o - 3/28/2010
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C is by far the most common language for signal processing, etc. If you consider it a language, Matlab is also very important for mechanical engineering (Matlab is based on java). If you know C, java/Matlab should come easy.
Answered By: Eric - 3/28/2010
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I wouldn't spend any time learning a programming language to impress a potential employer. In most work environments you will likely use some specialized software applications but you would not be likely to develop applications using a programming language.
Answered By: Rouse - 3/28/2010
C++ for computers or NC for machines.
Answered By: Ιρατυς Ορχυς - 3/28/2010
Knowing a programming language may no be part of a prospective employers requirements. When doing a job search you should check out what the job requirements are. Do a little research on your prospective employer and the skills that employer is looking for. In almost every case the job description will tell you what... More
Answered By: Steve - 3/28/2010
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