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Tool Use and Activities of Practicing Engineers over Time: Survey ResultsA major goal of higher education is to provide students with the knowledge they need to besuccessful in their professional careers and prepare them to be lifelong learners who can adapt ina dynamic environment. To understand what that knowledge entails requires insights into whatactivities current practicing engineers are engaged in and what tools they use in the workplace.How those activities have changed over time will provide insight into how to properly trainstudents to be lifelong learners. To assist with this effort, this work undertook a survey of arepresentative group of practicing engineers. The link for a web-based survey was sent to achapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In addition to demographic and employerinformation, details regarding work-related activities and how those activities have changed overtime was requested. Additional information regarding the tools used by the respondingpracticing engineers was also collected.Initial survey results show design, manufacturing engineering, and project management as themajor activities of the respondents. Results show that these activities have requiredapproximately the same amount of time over the respondents’ careers; with the exception ofproject management, which has increased. 80% of respondents’ companies use product platformsand manufacture outside their home countries. The majority of respondents companies’ use sometype of cost estimation tool. The greatest number of respondents had a Bachelors degree andworked for companies with less than 1000 employees. These results will be discussed in thecontext of the current engineering technology curriculum at the author’s institution.
Johnson, M. D., & Natarajarathinam, M. (2011, June), Tool Use and Activities of Practicing Engineers over Time: Survey Results Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18622
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