Engineering Your Future: A Brief Introduction to Engineering

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-01
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Engineering--a field that is both academically rigorous and creatively demanding. Faced with endless career opportunities, today's students matriculate without a clear idea about the study and practice of engineering. With a unique modular approach,Engineering Your Futureis an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities in the engineering field. Engineering Your Future: A Brief Introduction to Engineering, Fourth Edition, is a concise, inexpensive version ofEngineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Seventh Edition. Containing the twelve most popular chapters from the comprehensive version, theBriefoffers the best option for instructors looking for a solid base to work from while they incorporate outside projects or assignments. 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 all-important problem-solving and communication skills that are critical to success both in the classroom and in the working world * Offers guidance both for leading teams and, just as importantly, for being an effective member of a team * Introduces a design methodology that can be used immediately and in subsequent design courses New to this Edition * Updated Computer Tools chapter covers computer use from the history of the internet through advanced engineering packages, including spreadsheets, mathematical programs, social media, and communicating via email * Effective coverage of teamwork for engineering classes shows students how a diversity of skills is essential to their future careers * Updated green and bioengineering information address current issues including sustainability and advancing human health * Fresh new profiles of contemporary engineers and their current research give students an insider's glimpse into what fields they may be most suited for * Up-to-date statistics for the job market provide critical data to help inform students' career decisions

Author Biography

William C. Oakes is Associate Professor of Freshman Engineering at Purdue University. Les L. Leone is former Director of Cooperative Engineering Education at Michigan State University. Craig J. Gunn is Director of Communications in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The History of Engineeringp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Getting Startedp. 2
The Beginnings of Engineeringp. 5
An Overview of Ancient Engineeringp. 7
Traveling Through the Agesp. 9
Exercises and Activitiesp. 14
Engineering Majorsp. 17
Introductionp. 17
Engineering Functionsp. 21
Engineering Majorsp. 29
Emerging Fieldsp. 50
Closing Thoughtsp. 51
Referencesp. 52
Exercises and Activitiesp. 52
Profiles of Engineersp. 57
A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Professionp. 87
Statistical Overviewp. 87
College Enrollment Trends of Engineering Studentsp. 87
College Majors of Recent Engineering Studentsp. 89
Degrees in Engineeringp. 89
Job Placement Trendsp. 89
Salaries of Engineersp. 91
The Diversity of the Professionp. 99
Distribution of Engineers by Field of Studyp. 103
Engineering Employment by Type of Employerp. 104
Percent of Students Unemployed or in Graduate Schoolp. 104
A Word from Employersp. 105
Exercises and Activitiesp. 105
Succeeding in the Classroomp. 107
Introductionp. 107
Attitudep. 107
Goalsp. 108
Keys to Effectivenessp. 109
Test-takingp. 114
Making the Most of Your Professorsp. 116
Learning Stylesp. 117
Well-Rounded Equals Effectivep. 119
Your Effective Use of Timep. 122
Accountabilityp. 127
Overcoming Challengesp. 127
Referencesp. 128
Exercises and Activitiesp. 129
Problem Solvingp. 133
Introductionp. 133
Analytic and Creative Problem Solvingp. 134
Analytic Problem Solvingp. 136
Creative Problem Solvingp. 142
Personal Problem Solving Stylesp. 150
Brainstorming Strategiesp. 153
Critical Thinkingp. 158
Referencesp. 160
Exercises and Activitiesp. 160
Computer Tools for Engineersp. 167
The Internetp. 167
Word Processing Programsp. 173
Spreadsheetsp. 174
Mathematics Softwarep. 177
Presentation Softwarep. 180
Operating Systemsp. 181
Exercises and Activitiesp. 181
Teamworkp. 183
Introductionp. 183
Engineers Often Work in Teamsp. 183
Team Growth Stagesp. 188
What Makes a Successful Team?p. 190
Team Leadershipp. 191
Team Organizational Structuresp. 193
Effective Decision Makingp. 194
Attitudes Toward Team Experiencesp. 195
Documenting Team Performancep. 196
Referencesp. 198
Exercises and Activitiesp. 198
Engineering Designp. 201
What Is Engineering Design?p. 201
The Design Processp. 202
Exercises and Activitiesp. 211
Communication Skillsp. 215
Why Do We Communicate?p. 215
Oral Communication Skillsp. 216
Written Communication-Skillsp. 222
Other Types of Communicationp. 228
Exercises and Activitiesp. 236
Ethics and Engineeringp. 239
Introductionp. 239
The Nature of Ethicsp. 239
The Nature of Engineering Ethicsp. 240
The Issues and Topics of Engineering Ethicsp. 243
Exercises and Activitiesp. 255
Engineering Work Experiencep. 259
A Job and Experiencep. 259
Summer Jobs and On- and Off-Campus Work Experiencesp. 261
Volunteer or Community Service Experiencesp. 261
Supervised Independent Study or Research Assistantshipp. 262
Internshipsp. 262
Cooperative Educationp. 263
Which Is Best for You?p. 268
Exercises and Activitiesp. 268
Appendix: The Basics of PowerPointp. 271
Indexp. 275
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