Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering

Paperback | January 29, 2014

byWilliam C. Oakes, Les L. Leone

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Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Eighth Edition, is an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities that help direct students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field. It features a brand-newfull-length index featuring "Nine Data Skills Every Engineering Students Should Know"; updated statistics on engineering enrollment, degree rates, and salary; and a revised chapter on effective communication skills for engineering students.

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Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Eighth Edition, is an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities that help direct students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field. It features a brand-newfull-length index featuring "Nine Data Skills Every En...

William C. Oakes is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, and is Directory of the school's EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) program. Les L. Leone is Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Michigan State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199348014

ISBN - 13:9780199348015

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Table of Contents

PrefaceThe World of Engineering1. The History of Engineering1.1 Introduction1.2 Getting Started1.3 The Beginnings of Engineering1.4 An Overview of Ancient Engineering1.5 Traveling Through the Ages1.6 A Case Study of Two Historic Engineers1.7 The History of the DisciplinesReferencesExercises and Activities2. Engineering Majors2.1 Introduction2.2 Engineering Functions2.3 Engineering Majors2.4 Emerging Fields2.5 Closing Thoughts2.6 Engineering and Technical OrganizationsReferencesExercises and Activities3. A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Profession3.1 Statistical Overview3.2 College Enrollment Trends of Engineering Students3.3 College Majors of Recent Engineering Students3.4 Degrees in Engineering3.5 Job Placement Trends3.6 Salaries of Engineers3.7 The Diversity of the Profession3.8 Distribution of Engineers by Field of Study3.9 Engineering Employment by Type of Employer3.10 Percent of Students Unemployed or in Graduate School3.11 A Word from EmployersExercises and Activities4. Global and International Engineering4.1 Introduction4.2 The Evolving Global Marketplace4.3 International Opportunities for Engineers4.4 Preparing for a Global CareerExercises and Activities5. Future Challenges5.1 Expanding World Population5.2 Pollution5.3 Energy5.4 Transportation5.5 Infrastructure5.6 Aerospace5.7 Competitiveness and ProductivityExercises and ActivitiesStudying Engineering6. Succeeding in the Classroom6.1 Introduction6.2 Attitude6.3 Goals6.4 Keys to Effectiveness6.5 Test-taking6.6 Making the Most of Your Professors6.7 Learning Styles6.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective6.9 Your Effective Use of Time6.10 Accountability6.11 Overcoming ChallengesReferencesExercises and Avtivities7. Problem Solving7.1 Introduction7.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving7.3 Analytic Problem Solving7.4 Creative Problem Solving7.5 Personal Problem-Solving Styles7.6 Brainstorming Strategies7.7 Critical ThinkingReferencesExercises and Activities8. Visualization and Graphics8.1 Introduction8.2 The Theory of Projection8.3 The Glass Box Theory8.4 First and Third Angle Projections8.5 The Meaning of Lines8.6 Hidden Lines8.7 Cylindrical Features and Radii8.8 The Alphabet of Lines and Line Precedence8.9 Freehand Sketching8.10 Pictorial Sketching8.11 Visualization8.12 Scales and Measuring8.13 Coordinate Systems and Three-Dimensional SpaceExercises and Activities9. Computer Tools for Engineers9.1 Introduction9.2 The Internet9.3 Word Processing Programs9.4 Spreadsheets9.5 Mathematics Software9.6 Presentation Software9.7 Operating Systems9.8 Programming Languages9.9 Advanced Engineering PackagesReferencesExercises and Activities10. Teamwork10.1 Introduction10.2 Engineers Often Work in Teams10.3 Team Growth Stages10.4 What Makes a Successful Team?10.5 Team Leadership10.6 Team Organizational Structures10.7 Effective Decision Making10.8 Attitudes Towards Team Experiences10.9 Documenting Team PerformanceReferencesExercises and Activities11. Project Management11.1 Introduction112 Creating a Project Charter11.3 Task Definitions11.4 Milestones11.5 Defining Times11.6 Organizing the Tasks11.7 PERT Charts11.8 Critical Paths11.9 Gantt Charts11.10 Details, Details11.11 Personnel Distribution11.12 Money and Resources11.13 Document As You Go11.14 Team RolesReferencesExercises and Activities12. Engineering Design12.1 What Is Engineering Design?12.2 The Design Process12.3 A Case Study Using the 10-Stage Process12.4 A Student Example of the 10-Stage Design ProcessExercises and Activities13. Technical Communication13.1 Visual Communication13.2 Oral Presentations13.3 Written Documents13.4 Revising and Editing13.5 ConclusionExercises and Activities14. Ethics and Engineering14.1 Introduction14.2 The Nature of Ethics14.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethic14.4 The Issues and Topics of Engineering Ethics14.5 Engineering Ethics and Legal IssuesExercises and ActivitiesThe Fundamentals of Engineering15. Units and Conversions15.1 History15.2 The SI System of Units15.3 Derived Units15.4 Prefixes15.5 Numerals15.6 ConversionsReferencesExercises and Activities16. Mathematics Review16.1 Algebra16.2 Trigonometry16.3 Geometry16.4 Complex Numbers16.5 Linear Algebra16.6 Calculus16.7 Probability and StatisticsExercises and Activities17. Engineering Fundamentals17.1 Statics17.2 Dynamics17.3 Thermodynamics17.4 Electrical Circuits17.5 Economics18. The Campus Experience18.1 Orienting Yourself to Your Campus18.2 Exploring Your New Home Away From Home18.3 Determining and Planning Your Major18.4 Get into the Habit of Asking Questions18.5 The 'People Issue'18.6 Searching for Campus Resources18.7 Other Important Issues18.8 Final ThoughtsExercises and Activities19. Financial Aid19.1 Introduction19.2 Parental Assistance19.3 Is Financial Assistance For You?19.4 Scholarships/Grants19.5 Loans19.6 Work-Study or Just Plain Work19.7 Scams to Beware19.8 The Road Ahead AwaitsExercises and Activities20. Engineering Work Experience20.1 A Job and Experience20.2 Summer Jobs and On- and Off-Campus Work Experiences20.3 Volunteer or Community Service Experiences20.4 Supervised Independent Study or Research Assistantship20.5 Internships20.6 Cooperative Education20.7 Which Is Best for You?Exercises and Activities21. Connections: Liberal Arts and Engineering21.1 What Are "Connections"?21.2 Why Study Liberal Arts?Exercises and ActivitiesAppendix A: Nine Data Skills Every Engineering Student Should KnowAppendix B: The Basics of PowerPointIndex