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Employer and student perspectives on skills for engineers in the twenty first century and beyond

Naher, Sumsun and McMorrow, Denise and Brabazon, Dermot (2010) Employer and student perspectives on skills for engineers in the twenty first century and beyond. In: ISEE 2010 - 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education, 30th June - 2nd July 2010, Cork, Ireland. ISBN 2009-3225

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This research focused on skills identified among final year engineering students. It provided evidence of different levels of skills by students and identifies their greatest learning influences in these areas. The skills were self-assessed by students and covered seven areas designated by Engineers Ireland. Competency levels such as science, software, creativity, engineering practice, social and business, ethics, discipline specific were assessed. It also investigated the important role that work placements play in skills developed by students. Key skills sought by leading Engineering firms from graduates now and in the next five years were also researched in this paper. Employers were surveyed to determine and investigate skills needed from graduate engineers and how best to meet these challenges. The emphasis on work placements and its impact on skills’ development in engineering students such as business acumen and working effectively and efficiently in industry were highlighted.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:careers; competency education; Engineers Ireland competency;
Subjects:Engineering > Engineering education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Published in:Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE2010. . ISBN 2009-3225
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:15635
Deposited On:06 Aug 2010 12:01 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 06 Aug 2010 12:01

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