ERIC Number: ED223271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Engineering Technologies and the Role of the Computer.
Reed, Lester W., Jr.
This discussion of computers and their place in the field of engineering technology begins with an outline of the historical development and significance of computers, tracing advancements from the first generation of computers, which began to be produced in 1946, to current third-generation models; reviewing the current state of the art in computer technology; and projecting likely developments in the field. Next, the educational implications of computer technology are examined in terms of computer-assisted and computer-managed instruction and preparation of students to use computers in their chosen career. Next, a discussion of the field of engineering technology defines and sets forth the scope of the discipline, considers industrial occupational patterns, and looks at computer use in industrial technical areas for standard and special problem solving, data gathering and analysis, process control, and design and manufacturing support. Then, the paper focuses on the computer skills necessary in engineering occupations and on relevant equipment and software considerations. After a section on the effects of changes in computer technology on engineering faculty and on methods of updating faculty skills, such as short courses, workshops, and return to industry, the paper touches upon issues of curriculum development. The paper includes charts, illustrations, and a computer literacy questionnaire and answer key. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the 1982 Institute on Staff Development (Austin, TX, May 25-28, 1982).