ERIC Number: ED328705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Implementing an Introductory Course to the Engineering Technologies. The Need for Such a Course, a Recommended Curriculum, and Selected Presentation Suggestions.
Pond, Robert J.
An introductory course for the engineering technologies may be offered for secondary school credit, two-year college credit, or combined secondary and college credit to provide a necessary bridge between high school and college. The course curriculum combines an overview of the different engineering technologies with some actual knowledge and skills needed to master later coursework in the technologies. Course instructors must be carefully selected. They must be experienced technical-level instructors, be experienced in the real-world needs of industry, and be comfortable discussing philosophical-social concepts and not simply math-science concepts. The course should: (1) present career planning information that clearly defines the responsibilities of the various disciplines; (2) integrate people skills; (3) provide information on professional societies; (4) address applications requiring mathematics rather than present a complete treatment of mathematics; (5) emphasize the importance of the basic rules of algebra; (6) introduce engineering applications involving trigonometry; (7) present conversion; and (8) teach the international system of measurement. At least one hands-on laboratory experience is recommended. The course also provides an opportunity to establish standardized reporting and to introduce the students to computer application programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Career Education, Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Employment Opportunities, Engineering Technology, High Schools, Introductory Courses, Mathematical Applications, Teacher Qualifications, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).