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Professional Development For Electrical Engineering Students

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Electrical & Computer Engineering Poster Session

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10.1025.1 - 10.1025.9



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Joerg Mossbrucker

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Owe Petersen

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Robert Strangeway

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Professional Development For Electrical Engineering Students

Joerg Mossbrucker, Robert Strangeway, Owe Petersen Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI


Today’s graduating students in engineering disciplines face an increasing number of non- academic challenges after graduation. These challenges require students to acquire skills ranging from early financial panning to dealing with the effects of globalization on the employment market.

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has implemented a professional development course in the core curriculum for students in its Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology programs, which addresses these challenges. Students are exposed to a variety of topics in a multitude of fashions.

This paper describes the objectives of this class and the methods of coverage. Assessment of sessions for each individual topic within the course clearly indicate that students not only realize the value of professional education before graduation but also their desire to learn more about professional life after graduation.

Course description and objectives

The following excerpt from the official course description clearly indicates intent and layout of the course. The professional development course (GE300) is “designed to provide career guidance to electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology students who are completing their junior year. The course serves to prepare students for professional issues arising during the senior year and for entry into a professional career following graduation. Guest speakers from several major areas of electronic and electrical technology help provide insight into industrial careers. … Students also learn about graduate school opportunities and the mechanics for applying to graduate school. … Placement office personnel discuss how to prepare a good resume, placement office procedures, interviewing skills, and use of the Internet to find employment opportunities. Students prepare a resume, do research on a company in which they are interested and submit their resume with an appropriate cover letter seeking employment. Finally, the process of professional engineering registration is presented.”

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Mossbrucker, J., & Petersen, O., & Strangeway, R. (2005, June), Professional Development For Electrical Engineering Students Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14813

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