Introduction to Engineering Technology and Engineering

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9780138524029: Introduction to Engineering Technology and Engineering

This introductory engineering book presents the key aspects of professional engineering in a unique story format that provides readers with a personalized viewpoint. The book is designed to enhance memory retention of basic principles and reinforce the important concepts of engineering and technology while showing how the skills taught work together in a real-life setting. This unique book provides notes, activities and assignments centered on the history and practice of engineering and technology. It also presents study skills, mathematics and statistics, creativity and innovation, and ethics and professionalism set in a story format. For individuals interested in a broad perspective of the life of an engineer/technologist.

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PREFACE

Most introductory textbooks for engineering and engineering technology discuss the key aspects of these professions using traditional methods such as charts, graphs, and text. This book is different! It presents these concepts in the format of a story.

Sometimes the most powerful teaching tool is an example. We have found that when students can observe or identify with an example, their learning and retention increase tremendously. Sadly, the opportunity to develop such relationships in learning is rare and difficult to set up in normal teaching environments. We therefore propose a method to accomplish just this type of learning. The method is a novel about a young man who is contemplating entering engineering or technology. We capture the story of this young man's life as he enters college and watch how he interacts with friends, faculty, parents, and fellow workers at his part-time job as a trainee.

We believe the students who read the book will strongly identify with the characters in the story This story provides the students with a personalized viewpoint that allows them to see what life as an engineer or technologist will be like. They will be able to see how the skills taught in engineering and technology programs and in other parts of their education work together in a real-life setting. This unique approach can have a powerful impact on the perceptions of the students who enter engineering or technology as a career and may help develop characteristics that will guide them throughout their careers. The establishment of this type of paradigm (the view of a practicing technologist or engineer) may be the most important single factor contributing to the success of future engineers/technologists, because they will follow the examples they have been shown in the story. Furthermore, memory retention of the basic concepts is much better because the material is learned in context, thus reinforcing the ideas with other data and relevant discussion.

Most of the basic concepts that are important for an engineer/technologist are presented in the story. These are treated briefly in most cases, but the core concepts are well communicated with sufficient depth so that students can understand the basics and, more importantly, see how to practice the concepts in their lives. A partial list of the concepts introduced in the story include the following:

What is an engineer and what is a technologist? Problem solving using the scientific method History of engineering and technology Spectrum of science, engineering, engineering technology, and technology Math as the language of science Different types of engineers and technologists Working in a team Goal setting Study skills Importance of general education/lifelong learning Effective writing Business economics Keeping of a lab (work) notebook Simultaneous engineering Project management Charting methods and elementary statistics Importance of caring for the environment

When a topic is so large that supplemental materials are needed, these materials are provided in Part Two and the Instructor's Supplement. Part Two is a simulation of a student's notebook, thus giving a further example of how supplementary material should be preserved and reviewed. These are notes that the students can refer to during and after lectures and can also be used by the instructor as outlines for class lectures and discussions. The Instructor's Supplement provides a sample course outline with activities and assignments that have been used in the authors' own classes.

Three main audiences are envisioned for this book. The first is, of course, the freshman in an introductory engineering or technology course. The second is the student, either in high school or in college, or parents of a student who has not yet chosen a major and is anxious to understand what the life of an engineer/technologist is like. The third audience is practicing engineers who may wish to read a book that gives a broad perspective of their occupation.

This book is certainly not the first to attempt to convey technical issues in a novel genre. However, we believe that this book conveys some important concepts and offers a unique insight into the fields of engineering and technology.

From the Back Cover:

Although engineering and engineering technology are well-known fields whose influence and products surround us, students entering college have rarely had direct educational or work experience with the principles and concepts on which engineering and engineering technology are built. These principles are embodied in a particular way of thinking about the world and the problems that are encountered in engineering practice. Therefore, many universities teach an overview course for potential engineering and engineering technology majors. This book is designed not only to introduce the concepts and principles of engineering and engineering technology, but also to provide an opportunity to experience the thinking and emotions of a young professional in these fields.

The book is written as a novel with a story line that has proven to be captivating and invigorating for both new and advanced students. The story invites readers to relate to the experiences of a college student who is struggling with choosing a major, setting goals, trying to succeed at a part-time job in engineering or engineering technology, and work in a professional environment. Some personal experiences such as dating, homework, study habits, relationships with professors, and other typical college experiences are included to give both reality and instruction to the student reader.

The book also contains excellent resources for the faculty member teaching an overview course to engineering and engineering technology students. For instance, the story follows a logical development that fits nicely with standard lectures in such introductory courses. Materials are provided in the appendices to supplement the lectures, providing details for discussion of the story and the principles underlying the concepts introduced.

Some specific features of this unique book are:

  • A novel approach to overviewing engineering and engineering technology.
  • Problem-solving skills taught through actual experiences and presented in a sequence that suggests and encourages participation in the problem by the reader.
  • Team building and relationships are emphasized. Work experiences have realistic technical challenges that must be met with solid engineering and engineering technology principles gained from both classroom instruction and interactions with coworkers.
  • Readers are led to an appreciation of engineering and engineering technology as interesting and valuable lifestyles.

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