ERIC Number: ED111323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Baccalaureate Engineering Demand and Supply in Pennsylvania: Methodology and Findings.
Brehman, George E., Jr.
The demand and supply of baccalaureate degree engineers from 1975 to 1983 are assessed, with some analysis of the implications the declining birth rate will have beyond 1983. The study reveals a current (1975) shortage for all types of engineers as well as a considerable long-term shortage to 1983 because of the probable response to the energy crisis. The greatest need, numerically, will be for electric-electronics engineers, mechanical engineers, industrial engineers, and chemical engineers. There will also be a marked increase in demand for highly specialized types, such as energy production, biomedical, health systems, and aquaculture. The long-term decline in the number of college-age youth projected here indicates a severe and deepening shortage of trained engineers unless currently undertapped populations, such as women and minorities, are recruited. Some consideration is also given to the problem of obsolescence and the possible role that industry and the schools of engineering may play in reducing it. Recommendations are made for (1) encouraging more students to major in engineering, (2) placing more emphasis on in-service and continuing education to avoid obsolescence and upgrade personnel quality, and (3) not building more classrooms but making more funds available to upgrade teaching and lab equipment. (Author/LBH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Information Systems.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania