Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The labor market today requires well-educated engineers with a variety of skills to effectively solve problems and improve processes. The majority of these skills reside outside of technical competence, but soft skills such as communication and big picture understanding in order to succeed1. In addition, engineering work often involves effective teamwork. Despite such demand in the engineering workforce, academic engineering curricula tends to focus on developing the technical skills of the students, overlooking the soft skills or 21st century skills that are just as important. The 21st century skills include critical thinking, communication, teamwork collaboration, metacognitive awareness, and creativity2. Developing such skills will enable future engineers to effectively engage in interdisciplinary endeavors and adapt to changes in national policies and emergent technologies. In this paper, we present a project that integrates 21st century skill development (i.e., metacognitive, constructive thinking, communication) into an undergraduate manufacturing systems course. Students learn about manufacturing systems through a series of teamwork-based manufacturing simulations. Workshops on developing metacognitive and teamwork skills were added to the course. Finally, we draw conclusions on the effectiveness of the skill integration into the manufacturing simulations.
Aqlan, F., & Dunsworth, Q., & Kahl, M. L. (2018, June), Integrating Soft Skill Development into a Manufacturing Systems Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30688
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