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Developing Skills In Project Development Abstract

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.151.1 - 1.151.12



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Lucian P. Fabiano

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DEVELOPING SKILLS IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ABSTRACT By Lucian P. Fabiano New Jersey Institute of Technology


Today’ s competitive need to develop high quality products has redefined the development role of engineers and engineering technologists . Historically, they have been hired to manage their own technical work activities and have not been expected to take on responsibilities required for overall project success. Today, engineers and engineering technologists assume much broader responsibilities . Responsibility for achieving specific technical performance requirements is now coupled with achieving requirements for project management, concurrent engineering, interdisciplinary problem solving, and teamwork. In effect, engineers and technologists assume two project development roles; project designer and project manager. As project designers they are responsible for completing assigned design tasks. As project managers they are responsible for defining a comprehensive and integrated plan which reflects overall development requirements and is aimed at achieving overall project success.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Engineering Technology (ET) department has implemented a senior project course which is responsive to the changing role of engineering technologists . Specifically, the senior project course for NJIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program emphasizes two aspects of project development: 1. project design and 2. the development process associated with design and implementation. Although achieving a working model of a project is considered of prime importance, equal importance is given to the development process used to design and implement a project. Projects serve as a means (i.e. vehicle) for developing student technical skills as well skills in project management, concurrent engineering, interdisciplinary problem solving, teamwork, and communications. Instruction and training in these skill areas is an essential element of the EET senior project course described in this paper. Detailed descriptions of the skill areas as they apply to a senior project course have been provided in other companion papers (see references 7, 8, and 9) . This paper is primarily concerned with the structure of the EET senior project course.

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Fabiano, L. P. (1996, June), Developing Skills In Project Development Abstract Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5977

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