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CADET - Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training

Littlefair, Guy and Stojcevski, Alex 2012, CADET - Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training, in AAEE 2012 : The profession of engineering education, advancing teaching, research and careers : Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, ESER group, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 935-942.

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Title CADET - Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training
Author(s) Littlefair, Guy
Stojcevski, Alex
Conference name Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (23rd : 2012 : Melbourne, Australia)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 3-5 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings AAEE 2012 : The profession of engineering education, advancing teaching, research and careers : Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Editor(s) Mann, Llewellyn
Daniel, Scott
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 935
End page 942
Total pages 8
Publisher ESER group, Swinburne University of Technology
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) design based learning
project based learning
engineering education
Summary BACKGROUND : The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) is a partnership of Deakin University and the Gordon Institute of TAFE that will improve access and pathways into careers to address Australia’s critical engineering skills shortage (Walton, C). Local high schools, Belmont High and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College are included as strategic partners. CADET is proposed to be a teaching and learning facility providing a project focused modern engineering approach to students at regional schools and TAFE as well as Deakin’s degree programs. CADET will emphasize engineering design and development through virtual and physical modelling, simulation and prototyping – skills at the heart of the 21st century engineering challenges, and will serve as an attractor to engineering and related professions.

PURPOSE : The purpose of this paper is to present an argument toward the development of a Centre for advanced design in engineering training. CADET is proposed to increase the awareness and attractiveness of engineering as an education and career option, particularly for women, in regional schools, provide under one roof state-of-the-art engineering design, modelling and prototyping facilities, facilitate access and articulation pathways between school, VET and Higher Education, increase the physical capacity to serve student demand in western Victoria, and reinvigorate engineering as an essential component of a skilled regional economy.

DESIGN/METHOD : The evidenced based argument towards the proposed centre for advanced design in engineering training is based on a detailed literature review as well as a research study with industry representatives in engineering design. The learning principles of the model are also investigated and aligned to the proposed centre.

RESULTS : CADET is a change to the way engineering has traditionally been taught. The outcomes of CADET will be to provide a broad range of contemporary/relevant teaching programs, improve the social benefits gained from teaching programs, improve retention rates, advance partnerships that link with rural and regional victoria, and collaborate with local communities to encourage governments to support regional capacity building. Through focus group interviews and open discussions with industry and academia over the past 12 months on the integration of design skills in engineering education, results indicate that the following key skills are essential elements required for a successful project oriented design based learning curriculum are creative & innovative skills, successful industry engagement, and awareness of design skills in early years. Feedback also showed that 80% of the industry representatives are looking to recruit graduates who acquired design-equipped skill and 60% indicated that they want graduates who acquired knowledge through projects.

CONCLUSIONS : CADET projected benefits are significant at the strategic and operational levels. They include access for more women in engineering, facilitates articulation pathways between VET and HE, targeted recognised critical current engineering skills shortage in Australia, improvement of regional access, attractiveness and participation in tertiary education, achievement of a significant improvement in the teaching-research nexus.
ISBN 9780987177230
Language eng
Field of Research 120403 Engineering Design Methods
Socio Economic Objective 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051063

Document type: Conference Paper
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