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Title:An Investigation Into the Skills Necessary for the Success of Newly Graduated Engineers in Industry
Author(s):Comer, Jess Jacob
Department / Program:Mechanical Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Mechanical
Education, Higher
Abstract:A study of 94 engineers and engineering managers in 13 companies was conducted to determine what skills engineers need upon entering industry. The study used a structured interview format. The interviews provided information on what engineers typically do in industry and what skills they feel are necessary to accomplish these tasks.
The survey revealed five main areas in which the skills of recently graduated engineers are deficient. The first two areas are communication and group interaction skills. The third area includes problem solving and computer skills. The fourth area involves laboratory courses and the relationship between basic theory and the application of that theory. The fifth area includes exposure to industry and business practice.
Possible reasons for the deficiencies of the current educational system are pointed out. Recommendations are then made concerning changes in the engineering curriculum to improve the quality of engineering education.
Issue Date:1987
Description:112 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8803006
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1987

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