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.
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.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Author retains copyright.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||engineering education; engineering curriculum; sustainability|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330200 Curriculum Studies
290000 Engineering and Technology
|Depositing User:||Mr Steven Goh|
|Date Deposited:||26 Jan 2010 02:26|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:31|
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