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Back, W E and Sanders, S R (1998) Industry expectations for engineering graduates. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 5(02), 137–43.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: education; engineering workforce; USA; professional practice
- ISBN/ISSN: 0969-9988
- URL: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-232X.1998.00036.x/abs
Engineering employers are discovering that their workforce requires certain skills which seem to be in short supply. Rapid technological change, participative management and employee empowerment, global competition, and other workplace innovations have created a demand for a higher skill level for engineering graduates. Identifying industry expectations for engineering graduates is an important step in developing university curricula that are responsive to the needs of the profession. This study identifies specific industry expectations for new engineering graduates and provides practical recommendations for strategically aligning engineering curricula with the professional community. By identifying specific skills requisite for career success, universities can provide an improved service for their graduates and the engineering industry.