Identifying essential learning skills in students’ Engineering education

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
ISBN
0 90 8557 55 8
Abstract 

This study presents results of skills and competencies sought in today’s engineering graduates that would be required for a successful engineering professional.

The results indicate that employers prefer to hire new graduates that not only possess technical competencies but also the non-technical skills from project management (PM). Analysis of the survey data has identified a list of important skill-attributes that are most sought after by employers, and the six most highly valued skill attributes are: interpersonal communication, planning/scheduling, people management, problem solving, team management and cost control. The implications of the findings are also examined.

Keywords: graduates; skills; project management (PM).

Identifying essential learning skills in students’ Engineering education

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