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Using Basic Computer Aided Drafting And Design Courses At The Freshman Level To Improve Technology Students Competitiveness In Obtaining Early Academic Career Internships

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Teaching Strategies in Graphics

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Engineering Design Graphics

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

12.1538.1 - 12.1538.14

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https://peer.asee.org/2029

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Anthony Dean Old Dominion University

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Moustafa Moustafa Old Dominion University

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Julie Moustafa Old Dominion University

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Julie Moustafa is an instructional technology specialist with the Center for Learning Technologies at Old Dominion University. A former high school technology teacher, Mrs. Moustafa specializes in instructional technology and design for instructors teaching in areas of technology application. Mrs. Moustafa holds a bachelor of science in business administration, human resources management, a Virginia state teaching certificate for business, and anticipates a master in instructional design and technology in the summer of 2007; both degrees are from Old Dominion University.

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Using Basic Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Courses at the Freshman Level to Improve Technology Students Competitiveness in Obtaining Early Academic Career Internships

Abstract: Many students have the desire to have internships and part-time employment during their academic careers. Often students in their freshman and sophomore years in four year engineering and technology programs find it difficult to be competitive against more senior students for these positions. This paper discusses how students, in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program at ________________University, through taking CAD and Solid Modeling courses early in their academic careers are well suited to be competitive in obtaining internships and part time employment. This paper discusses the MET programs first two years’ curriculum and how it prepares the students to enter into the workforce competitively against the more senior engineering students.

This paper also discusses the results from a departmental survey of students currently enrolled in the program as to how enrollment and completion of these early courses have impacted their viability for the part-time positions and internships, and offers further insight into how as faculty teaching these early courses can improve the chances for technology students to apply for and receive early experience in their chosen career field.

Introduction: Many students have the desire to have internships and part-time employment during their academic careers. Often students in their freshman and sophomore years in four year engineering and technology programs find it difficult to be competitive against more senior students for these positions. This paper discusses how students, in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program at ________________University, through taking CAD and Solid Modeling courses early in their academic careers are well suited to be competitive in obtaining internships and part time employment. This paper discusses the MET programs first two years’ curriculum and how it prepares the students to enter into the workforce competitively against the more senior engineering students.

According US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition) many employers prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary school training in drafting; this training is offered by many technical institutes, community colleges, and some 4-year colleges and universities. Interest is high in applicants with well-developed drafting and mechanical drawing skills; knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, science, and engineering technology; and a solid background in. In addition, communication and problem-solving skills are important.

As many 4- year Engineering Technology graduates plan to take jobs in the design area, many students use the experience gained in the classroom through taking CAD and Solid Modeling courses early in their academic careers to obtain entry level drafting position or

Dean, A., & Moustafa, M., & Moustafa, J. (2007, June), Using Basic Computer Aided Drafting And Design Courses At The Freshman Level To Improve Technology Students Competitiveness In Obtaining Early Academic Career Internships Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2029

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