June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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A Model for the Post-Bachelor’s Degree Education of Structural Engineers Through a Collaborative Effort Between Industry and AcademiaThere has been much discussion in the engineering community on the challenges of suitablycovering the ever-expanding engineering knowledge base within a four-year curriculum. Thishas in turn led to arguments for a requirement for additional post-Bachelor’s degree courseworksuch as the M/30 (Master’s Degree or equivalent) requirement proposed by the AmericanSociety for Civil Engineering. A comparable general concern exists in Canada that universitygraduates are not well-prepared with sufficient knowledge for working in structural designoffices.This paper presents a model for preparing structural engineers for practice, especially inconsulting firms, through a series of courses organized and offered through a collaborative effortbetween local practicing engineers and university faculty members. Courses are offered on apart-time studies basis, and are delivered by instructors drawn from local practicing engineersand nearby universities. Students taking the courses are a mixture of recent graduates,experienced practicing engineers, and recent immigrants looking to learn about local codes andpractices. A certificate is awarded upon completion of sufficient core and optional courses. Themodel has been implemented in the development of twenty-five courses, delivered to over 2,100course registrants over a ten year period.The development and format of the program are described, along with some lessons learned bythe organizing body in the process of operating and improving the program over its history. Thismodel for post-Bachelor’s degree education could also be applied to other sub-disciplines ofCivil Engineering as well as other engineering disciplines in general.
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