Is the current practice in engineering education a sustainable model for creating sustainability-trained engineers

Goh, Steven (2009) Is the current practice in engineering education a sustainable model for creating sustainability-trained engineers. In: SSEE 2009: Solutions for a Sustainable Planet, 22-24 Nov 2009, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Engineering education for engineers in the past has often been confined to traditional engineering programs offered by engineering faculties, often in the form of a Bachelor of Engineering or even a Master of Engineering at a post-graduate level. In recent years, there is also a proliferation of short-term courses and intensive workshops from nontraditional education providers and in-house training operations, particularly for tackling sustainability and environmental compliance issues. This change in delivery and curricula preference is mainly as a result of the changing dynamics and needs of clients and government policies within the engineering context. However, one must pose the question in preparation for the next significant environmental shift in engineering education, “What is the next paradigm in education and professional development in terms of delivery and curricula for the sustainability-trained engineers?” This paper presents a proposition for delivering engineering education for engineers at all levels of management. The proposal is based on environmental scans of the predicted future professional development needs of engineers at all levels. The motivation for developing such a model is to allow professional development and education providers to consolidate and efficiently deliver accredited programs that fulfil the needs of engineers dealing with the sustainability sector eg. Green Building design and certification and renewable energy solutions. The proposition is centered on the opportunity to reform engineering education of the 20th century to train 21st century engineers, and also to create an ideal environment to embed 21st century principles and practices within engineering undergraduate and postgraduate studies at universities.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Depositing User: Mr Steven Goh
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 02:26
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; engineering curriculum; sustainability
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6258

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