ERIC Number: ED030838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Transferability and Retraining of Defense Engineers.
Rittenhouse, Carl H.
This study was undertaken to describe any special barriers to the transfer of engineers from defense to commercial work, and to evaluate retraining and reorientation techniques that might help ease the transfer. Interviews and questionnaires were used to obtain data from about 2,100 engineers and 100 managers in 14 industries. Characteristics, experiences, and attitudes of engineers who had transferred from defense to commercial work in recent years were stressed. These were among the major findings; (1) no important barriers to transfer were detected relating to age, marital status, or family status; (2) engineers saw managers' attitudes, greater commercial cost consciousness, and differing specialty and manpower requirements as possible barriers to transfer; (3) motivational and attitudinal factors tend to support rather than oppose transfer to commercial industry; (4) on the job training and other inhouse programs were favored as means of retaining; (5) managers were more optimistic about transferability of skills and attitudes than about availability of openings; (6) defense engineers entering commercial industry would probably be best suited to research and development, new design, advanced engineering, and analytical areas. (ly)
Descriptors: Administrators, Age Differences, Attitudes, Career Change, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Engineers, Family Status, Income, Industry, Investigations, Marital Status, National Defense, Retraining, Transfer of Training
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (1968-0-305-215 (96), $.65)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.