Case study research into Australian mechanical engineer attributes

Ferguson, Clive 2006, Case study research into Australian mechanical engineer attributes, in Proceedings of The International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England, pp. 167-172.

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Title Case study research into Australian mechanical engineer attributes
Author(s) Ferguson, Clive
Conference name International conference on innovation, good practice and research in engineering education (2006 : Liverpool, England)
Conference location Liverpool, UK
Conference dates 24-26 July 2006
Title of proceedings Proceedings of The International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006
Editor(s) Doyle, Susan
Mannis, Adam
Publication date 2006
Conference series Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education Conference
Start page 167
End page 172
Publisher University of Liverpool
Place of publication Liverpool, England
Summary The 1996 Johnson report on Australian engineering education recommended the development of a limited number of broadly defined attributes in engineering graduates as well as a broader based engineering
education. Within a year the Institution of Engineers, Australia responded by switching the focus of its engineering course accreditation to graduate attribute outcomes. It was to be the role of engineering school advisory panels to give greater definition to those attributes, but the scope of engineering is broad and the views of advisory panel members are largely influenced by their own often unique professional formation.
This paper presents a single discipline case study approach to identify the relative significance of a wide range of attributes required for the most common mechanical engineering roles in those industries that employ the greatest number of Australian mechanical engineers. Six industries were
identified that between them employ more than half of all Australian mechanical engineers, and most frequent or generic mechanical
engineering roles within those industries were studied.
Key findings of this research are then reviewed in the context of changing global engineering environment and educational practices.
ISBN 1905788118
9781905788118
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, EE2006
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006158

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