Investing in the future of engineering education infrastructure for sustainability

Goh, Steven C. (2009) Investing in the future of engineering education infrastructure for sustainability. In: Southern Engineering Conference, 17-18 October 2009, Springfield, Qld, 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 degree or even a Master of Engineering at a postgraduate level. In recent years, there is also a proliferation of short-term courses and intensive workshops from non-traditional 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 the education and professional development sector, “What is the next paradigm in education and professional development in terms of delivery and curricula for the sustainability-trained engineers?” This paper proposes a new collaborative modal framework for delivering engineering education for engineers for 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. It also aims to elevate the recognition of continuous professional development in an engineering career and to create a platform for continuous updating of curricula as the sustainability sector innovates and evolves. The modal framework is centred on the opportunity to consolidate the fragmented nature of the engineering professional development market, and also to create an ideal environment to embed sustainability principles and practices within 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: USQ publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 20:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; engineering curriculum; sustainability
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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