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Engineering Your Future is an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities in engineering, a field that is both academically rigorous and creatively demanding. Today's engineering students are faced with endless career opportunities. This text clarifies those options and directs students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field.
Engineering Your Future: A Brief Introduction to Engineering, Fifth Edition, is a concise and inexpensive version of Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Eighth Edition. Containing the eleven most popular chapters from its parent text, this brief version offers the best option for instructors looking for a solid base from which to work while they incorporate outside projects or assignments.
A companion website for the book, containing PowerPoint-based lecture notes and images from the book for professors, is available online at www.oup.com/us/oakes.
Key Features * Introduces students to the broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, with up-to-date data on degrees granted, employment opportunities, and salaries * Highlights the ethical responsibilities of engineers * Focuses on developing problem-solving and communication skills that are critical to success both in the classroom and in the working world * Introduces a design methodology that can be used immediately and in subsequent design courses * Provides a handy review of units and conversions, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals
New to this Edition * A new Appendix A features "Nine Excel Skills Every Engineering Student Should Know" * Chapter 9 on technical communication skills has been completely revised and updated * Updated statistics for the job market provide critical data to help inform students' career decisions
William C. Oakes, P.E., is Professor of Engineering Education and Director of the EPICS Program at Purdue University.
Les L. Leone is Assistant Dean Emeritus at the College of Engineering, Michigan State University.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. The History of Engineering 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Getting Started 1.3 The Beginnings of Engineering 1.4 An Overview of Ancient Engineering 1.5 Traveling Through the Ages EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 2. Engineering Majors 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Engineering Functions 2.3 Engineering Majors 2.4 Emerging Fields 2.5 Closing Thoughts REFERENCES EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 3. A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Profession 3.1 Statistical Overview 3.2 College Enrollment Trends of Engineering Students 3.3 College Majors of Recent Engineering Students 3.4 Degrees in Engineering 3.5 Job Placement Trends 3.6 Salaries of Engineers 3.7 The Diversity of the Profession 3.8 Distribution of Engineers by Field of Study 3.9 Engineering Employment by Type of Employer 3.10 Percent of Students Unemployed or in Graduate School 3.11 A Word from Employers EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 4. Succeeding in the Classroom 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Attitude 4.3 Goals 4.4 Keys to Effectiveness 4.5 Test-taking 4.6 Making the Most of Your Professors 4.7 Learning Styles 4.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective 4.9 Your Effective Use of Time 4.10 Accountability 4.11 Overcoming Challenges REFERENCES EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 5. Problem Solving 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving 5.3 Analytic Problem Solving 5.4 Creative Problem Solving 5.5 Personal Problem-Solving Styles 5.6 Brainstorming Strategies 5.7 Critical Thinking REFERENCES EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 6. Computer Tools for Engineers 6.1 The Internet 6.2 Word Processing Programs 6.3 Spreadsheets 6.4 Mathematics Software 6.5 Presentation Software 6.6 Operating Systems EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 7. Teamwork 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Engineers Often Work in Teams 7.3 Team Growth Stages 7.4 What Makes a Successful Team? 7.5 Team Leadership 7.6 Team Organizational Structures 7.7 Effective Decision Making 7.8 Attitudes Towards Team Experiences 7.9 Documenting Team Performance REFERENCES EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 8. Engineering Design 8.1 What Is Engineering Design? 8.2 The Design Process EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 9. Technical Communication 9.1 Visual Communication 9.2 Oral Presentations 9.3 Written Documents 9.4 Revising and Editing 9.5 Conclusion EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 10. Ethics and Engineering 10.1 Introduction 10.2 The Nature of Ethics 10.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethics 10.4 The Issues and Topics of Engineering Ethics EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES 11. Engineering Work Experience 11.1 A Job and Experience 11.2 Summer Jobs and On- and Off-Campus Work Experiences 11.3 Volunteer or Community Service Experiences 11.4 Supervised Independent Study or Research Assistantship 11.5 Internships 11.6 Cooperative Education 11.7 Which Is Best for You? EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES Appendix A: Nine Data Skills Every Engineering Student Should Know Appendix B: The Basics of PowerPoint Index