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ERIC Number: ED016840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul-19
Pages: 112
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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CHARACTERISTICS OF OUTSTANDING ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS IN ARIZONA.
BROWN, BILL WESLEY
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO IDENTIFY THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS AS INDICATED BY TECHNICIANS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS, TO EXAMINE THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE EMPLOYER'S AND THE TECHNICIAN'S VIEWS OF NEEDED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS AND TO ASSESS THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS FOR ADJUSTMENTS IN CURRICULUMS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS. TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE PERSONS, IDENTIFIED BY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL AS THEIR MOST ABLE AND SUCCESSFUL TECHNICIANS, AND 142 IMMEDIATE AND SECOND LEVEL SUPERVISORS WERE INTERVIEWED AND ASKED TO SORT A PACK OF 99 CARDS, EACH CONTAINING DESCRIPTIVE TECHNICAL DATA CONCERNING THINGS TECHNICIANS DO IN VARIOUS SPECIALITIES. THE CARDS WERE SORTED AS DIRECTLY RELATED TO JOB, SOMEWHAT RELATED TO JOB, AND NOT RELATED TO JOB. TECHNICIANS VIEWED THEIR JOBS IN A VERY BROAD SENSE. RESEARCH, DESIGN, OR DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING WERE THEIR MOST FREQUENTLY MENTIONED ACTIVITIES. THE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED INVOLVED PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRICITY-ELECTRONICS, MATHEMATICS, AND DRAFTING AND DESIGN AND WAS GENERALLY ACQUIRED ON THE JOB. HOWEVER, TECHNICIANS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT A 2- OR 4-YEAR FORMAL DEGREE PROGRAM WAS THE BEST PREPARATION FOR THEIR JOBS. MANAGERS AND TECHNICIANS TEND TO AGREE ON INFORMATION, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE IMPORTANT TO THE WORK OF THE TECHNICIANS AND ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT BOTH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND INDUSTRY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THEIR ROLES IN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR TECHNICIANS. (HC)
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Authoring Institution: Arizona Occupational Research Coordinating Unit, Phoenix.; Arizona State Dept. of Vocational Education, Phoenix.; Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Identifiers: ARIZONA