A Euro-American-Australian study of the mechanical engineering profession as a foundation for the study of mechanical engineering attributes

Ferguson, Clive and Lloyd, B. E. 2004, A Euro-American-Australian study of the mechanical engineering profession as a foundation for the study of mechanical engineering attributes, in International conference on innovation, good practice and research in engineering education : June 7-9, 2004, Wolverhampton, England, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, England, pp. 147-152.

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Title A Euro-American-Australian study of the mechanical engineering profession as a foundation for the study of mechanical engineering attributes
Author(s) Ferguson, Clive
Lloyd, B. E.
Conference name Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education. Conference (2004 : Wolverhampton, England)
Conference location Wolverhampton, England
Conference dates 7-9 June 2004
Title of proceedings International conference on innovation, good practice and research in engineering education : June 7-9, 2004, Wolverhampton, England
Editor(s) Halstead, Alison
Lister, Paul
Publication date 2004
Conference series Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education
Start page 147
End page 152
Publisher University of Wolverhampton
Place of publication Wolverhampton, England
Summary The increasing attribute focus in the formation (engineering education, training, work-based learning and experience) of engineers now being adopted by engineering education accrediting bodies is based on meeting the perceived needs of professional practice. Related to this is an increasing expectation of new graduates being work-ready rather than relying on work-based learning and experience to develop many of the essential professional practice attributes.

The scope of the mechanical engineering profession is broad and practitioners contributing to debate on attribute requirements have their own individual views of the nature of the profession, largely influenced by their own professional formation. As a foundation for detailed study on attribute requirements for effective Australian professional mechanical engineers, in this paper we provide a concise study of the development of the established scope of practice and knowledge base of the profession over the last two centuries. Formation practices in Europe and the United States played significant roles in the 19th century.

We conclude with a discussion on the impact of the considerable changes currently affecting mechanical engineering practice in the UK, US and Australia, including organisational, technical and societal expectations, industry profile, and educational factors.

Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 0954211650
9780954211653
Language eng
Field of Research 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005380

Document type: Conference Paper
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