Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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. Fortunately, there isEngineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introductionto Engineering, Seventh Edition, an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities that help direct students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field. 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, being an effective member of a team * Introduces a design methodology that can be used immediately and in subsequent design courses * Provides a handy review in units and conversions, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals * The exceptionally broad coverage provides instructors unparalleled flexibility in using theEngineering Your Futurein any type of introductory course 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 * Timely financial aid information covers student loans, financial assistance, grants, and avoiding scams

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


The World of Engineering
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
1.6 A Case Study of Two Historic Engineers
1.7 The History of the Disciplines
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
2.6 Engineering and Technical Organizations
Exercises and Activities

3. Profiles of Engineers

4. A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Profession
4.1 Statistical Overview
4.2 College Enrollment Trends of Engineering Students
4.3 College Majors of Recent Engineering Students
4.4 Degrees in Engineering
4.5 Job Placement Trends
4.6 Salaries of Engineers
4.7 The Diversity of the Profession
4.8 Distribution of Engineers by Field of Study
4.9 Engineering Employment by Type of Employer
4.10 Percent of Students Unemployed or in Graduate School
4.11 A Word from Employers
Exercises and Activities

5. Global and International Engineering
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The Evolving Global Marketplace
5.3 International Opportunities for Engineers
5.4 Preparing for a Global Career
Exercises and Activities

6. Future Challenges
6.1 Expanding World Population
6.2 Pollution
6.3 Energy
6.4 Transportation
6.5 Infrastructure
6.6 Aerospace
6.7 Competitiveness and Productivity
Exercises and Activities
Studying Engineering

7. Succeeding in the Classroom
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Attitude
7.3 Goals
7.4 Keys to Effectiveness
7.5 Test-taking
7.6 Making the Most of Your Professors
7.7 Learning Styles
7.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective
7.9 Your Effective Use of Time
7.10 Accountability
7.11 Overcoming Challenges
Exercises and Activities

8. Problem Solving
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving
8.3 Analytic Problem Solving
8.4 Creative Problem Solving
8.5 Personal Problem Solving Styles
8.6 Brainstorming Strategies
8.7 Critical Thinking
Exercises and Activities

9. Visualization and Graphics
9.1 Why Study Visualization and Graphics?
9.2 The Theory of Projection
9.3 The Glass Box Theory
9.4 First and Third Angle Projections
9.5 The Meaning of Lines
9.6 Hidden Lines
9.7 Cylindrical Features and Radii
9.8 The Alphabet of LInes and Line Precedence
9.9 Freehand Sketching
9.10 Pictorial Sketching
9.11 Visualization
9.12 Scales and Measuring
9.13 Coordinate Systems and Three Dimensional Space
9.10 Pictorial Sketching

10. Computer Tools for Engineers
10.1 Introduction
10.2 The Internet
10.3 Word Processing Programs
10.4 Spreadsheets
10.5 Mathematics Software
10.6 Presentation Software
10.7 Operating Systems
10.8 Programming Languages
10.9 Advanced Engineering Packages
Exercises and Activities

11. Teamwork Skills
11.1 Introduction
11.2 What Makes a Successful Team?
11.3 Growth Stages of a Team
11.4 Team Leadership
11.5 How Effective Teams Work
11.6 The Character of a Leader
11.7 Team Grading
Exercises and Activities

12. Project Management
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Creating a Project Charter
12.3 Task Definitions
12.4 Milestones
12.5 Defining Times
12.6 Organizing the Tasks
12.7 PERT Charts
12.8 Critical Paths
12.9 Gantt Charts
12.10 Details, Details
12.11 Personnel Distribution
12.12 Money and Resources
12.13 Document As You Go
12.14 Team Roles

13. Engineering Design
13.1 What Is Engineering Design
13.2 The Design Process
13.3 A Case Study
13.4 A Student Example of the 10-Stage Design Process
Exercises and Activities

14. Communication Skills
14.1 Why Do We Communicate?
14.2 Oral Communication Skills
14.3 Written Communication Skills
14.4 Other Types of Communication
14.5 Relevant Readings
Exercises and Activities

15. Ethics
15.1 Introduction
15.2 The Nature of Ethics
15.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethics
15.4 The Issues and Topics
15.5 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues
The Fundamentals of Engineering

16. Units
16.1 History
16.2 The SI System of Units
16.3 Derived Units
16.4 Prefixes
16.5 Numerals
16.6 Conversions

17. Mathematics Review
17.1 Algebra
17.2 Trigonometry
17.3 Geometry
17.4 Complex Numbers
17.5 Linear Algebra
17.6 Calculus
17.7 Probability and Statistics

18. Engineering Fundamentals
18.1 Statics
18.2 Dynamics
18.3 Thermodynamics
18.4 Electrical Circuits
18.5 Economics

19. The Campus Experience
19.1 Orienting Yourself to Your Campus
19.2 Exploring
19.3 Determining and Planning Your Major
19.4 Get into the Habit of Asking Questions
19.5 The 'People Issue'
19.6 Searching for Campus Resources
19.7 Other Important Issues
19.8 Final Thoughts
Exercises and Activities

20. Financial Aid
20.1 Introduction
20.2 Parental Assistance
20.3 Is Financial Assistance For You?
20.4 Scholarships
20.5 Loans
20.6 Work-Study
20.7 Scams
20.8 The Road Ahead Awaits
Exercises and Activities

21. Engineering Work Experience
21.1 A Job and Experience
21.2 Summer Jobs
21.3 Volunteer
21.4 Supervised Independent Study
21.5 Internships
21.6 Cooperative Education
21.7 Which Is Best for You?
Exercises and Activities

22. Connections: Liberal Arts and Engineering
22.1 What Are "Connections"?
22.2 Why Study Liberal Arts?
Exercises and Activities

Appendix A: The Basics of PowerPoint
Appendix B: An Introduction to MATLAB

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