Contextual engineering education : industry involvement in engineering education
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Ian Devenish, Robin Howard, K Hetherington, N Harper
The increasing complexity of the engineering workplace continues to present a challenge to engineering educators to be able to provide students with engineering skills and knowledge that are readily transferable to the practical engineering workplace. Industry has the ability to participate in the education of future engineers, but it needs to be in an integrated manner, rather than ad hoc guest lectures. In recognition of this the John Holland Group (JHG) and CQUniversity, have implemented the “Engineers for the Future” program. Within this program, practising John Holland professionals deliver industry relevant lectures to all levels of the CQUniversity Engineering student cohort.This paper outlines the introduction and implementation of the “Engineers for the Future” program, and details the benefits and issues that have arisen. While the program is only one year old, it has provided the basis for a relationship that has positive outcomes for both parties.