This book explains engineering practice, what engineers actually do in their work. The first part explains how to find paid engineering work and prepare for an engineering career. The second part explains the fundamentals of engineering practice, including how to gain access to technical knowledge, how to gain the willing collaboration of other people to make things happen, and how to work safely in hazardous environments. Other chapters explain engineering aspects of project management missed in most courses, how to create commercial value from engineering work and estimate costs, and how to navigate cultural complexities successfully. Later chapters provide guidance on sustainability, time management and avoiding the most common frustrations encountered by engineers at work. This book has been written for engineering students, graduates and novice engineers. Supervisors, mentors and human resources professionals will also find the book helpful to guide early-career engineers and assess their progress. Engineering schools will find the book helpful to help students prepare for professional internships and also for creating authentic practice and assessment exercises.
Table of Contents
Part 1 - Preparations for an engineer: 1 Engineering: doing more with less, 2 Engineering practice, 3 Seeking paid engineering work, 4 Neglected perception skills, 5 Listening, 6 Reading documents, 7 Reading people, 8 Seeing and creativity. Part 2 - Workplace learning: 9 Learning the ropes, 10 Engineering knowledge, 11 Knowledge is a social network, 12 Making things happen, 13 Working safely, 14 Making big things happen, 15 Generating value in the enterprise, 16 Estimating costs, 17 Navigating social culture, 18 Sustainability, 19 Time management, 20 Frustrations, Epilogue - next steps.
Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and recently became a start-up entrepreneur.
He is CEO of Close Comfort, a tech start-up introducing new energy saving, low emissions air conditioning technology to Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and other countries with a large potential global market.
His research on engineering practice helped define Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His book "The Making of an Expert Engineer" and advances in understanding how engineers contribute commercial value are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. Another book, "30 Second Engineering", is helping to build greater awareness of the key importance of engineering and will reach a global audience.
He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He received the leading international award for robotics research, equivalent to the Fields medal in mathematics.
In 2018 he was awarded West Australian of the Year in the professions category in recognition of his achievements.