June 26, 2011
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GLOBAL COMPETENCE: ITS IMPORTANCE FOR ENGINEERS WORKING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTWe live and work in a world that is even more interconnected and interdependent than everbefore. Engineers must now not only develop technical engineering competence, but must alsodevelop additional skills and competencies including global competence to obtain success withina global engineering environment.A study was conducted to determine whether multinational companies considered globalcompetence an important skill in mechanical engineering graduates when making hiringdecisions as well as the implications for higher education engineering programs. This paper willsummarize this exploratory study that utilized an extensive literature review to identify eightglobal competencies for engineering success within a global environment and also included asurvey instrument completed by Brigham Young University (BYU) mechanical engineeringalumni in 48 states and 17 countries.The study focused on an evaluation of standard hiring technical engineering competencies witheight global competencies identified in the literature review. The study established that standardengineering technical competencies were the most important consideration when hiringmechanical engineers, but global competence was also considered important by a majority of allsurvey respondents with six of the eight global competencies rated important by 79 to 91% ofrespondents with an ability to communicate cross-culturally the highest-rated global competence.The importance of global competence in engineers when making hiring decisions, as consideredby large companies who employed more than 10,000 employees or who had annual revenueexceeding $1 billion (US$) per year, was particularly strong. The majority of respondents (70%)indicated that companies were willing to provide training and experience to help engineersobtain success in a global engineering environment. In addition, a majority of respondents(59.9%) indicated that companies valued the efforts of higher educational engineeringinstitutions to prepare engineers for success in a global environment with only 4.8% ofrespondents indicating that they did not value the efforts of higher education engineeringinstitutions. However, only 27% of respondents agreed that colleges and universities weresuccessful in this endeavor.Globalization is not a passing phenomenon, it is here to stay. Colleges and universitiesthroughout the world need to recognize the importance of globalization and the interdependenceand interconnectedness among the world’s population. Therefore, it is important to identify,develop, and provide opportunities for international collaboration and interaction among studentsand faculty throughout the world and to focus on developing global competence as an importantoutcome for engineering graduates.
Warnick, G. M. (2011, June), Global Competence: Its Importance For Engineers Working In A Global Environment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18029
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