Engineering Education for Engineering Practice

by Cornelius Wandmacher, (F.ASCE), Dean; Coll. of Engrg., Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 227-233

Document Type: Journal Paper


It is timely to observe that cooperative education is an excellent medium for familiarizing students with the facts of business life. The experience periods provide a unique opportunity to impress young people with the need in the work-a-day world for: (1) Commitment of financial resources; (2) team effort; (3) readiness to be supervised and ability to be a supervisor; (4) selling as well as having ideas; (5) demonstrating that industrial productivity does not just happen, but rather that it is carefully planned by well-educated personnel. Of paramount importance is the fact that cooperative education has as its greatest potential a demonstration of the fact that what really counts in life is not alone the education one possesses but more so what one does with that education. In the final analysis, let it be observed, that of the many merits of cooperative education, the highest of these is the intermeshing of (1) Theory; (2) practice; and (3) economics. The coop student gets to know what it means to earn ones way in engineering practice and his professors cannot ignore that ever-present constraint of economics.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Team building | Engineering profession | Students | Lifeline systems | Economic factors | Financial management | Industries

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