Managing Engineering and Technology Study Set 1

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Quiz 17 :

Achieving Effectiveness As an Engineer

Quiz 17 :

Achieving Effectiveness As an Engineer

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What are the significant primary and supporting professional societies in your area of professional interest, and how do they fit into Weinert's four groups?
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The following are the professional societies available for engineers categorized by Weinert's four groups:
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Suggest some ways in which newly graduated engineers can "make their mark" in early assignments on the first job.
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One way in which a newly graduated engineer can gain more repute in his first job is to complete the job far beyond the expectations of his manager. The engineer could take an initiative to carry out his assigned task to the extent that it leaves his superior very impressed.
Given the importance of first impressions, it is very important that the engineer tries to excel in his first assignment.
Another way for a starting engineer to prosper could be to take some time after the job to learn more about the project he is working on, and thus be able to contribute more to the project effort. If the engineer demonstrates a willingness to learn new skills, he will surely stand out for his dedication, drive, and ambition.

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For each of the eight "career fields" described under "Charting Your Career," tabulate the skills, interests, and special preparation that might assist in starting such a career.
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The following table summarizes the skills, interests, and preparation that would be beneficial to start a career in each of the eight "career fields" shown in the text.
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Pick a specific engineering activity or project, and identify the information input and output involved (Figure 17). Fig: Engineering as a transformation process img
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Someone in an outside group declines to provide the support services you need, despite your most tactful requests and explanations. What do you do next?
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Repeat Questions 17-19 for each minority grouping, and compare this with the percentage of minorities in the population and high schools from which your school primarily draws students.
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How do the "career stages" of Super and/or those of Dalton and Thompson fit your concept of your own career?
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As the new vice president for R and D in a high-technology firm, you are concerned about the increasing technical obsolescence of your professional staff. Discuss the actions you might take and the programs you might support to reduce this problem.
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What is the percentage of women in the freshman class and in the last graduating class in the school of engineering at your university? Compare it with national trends.
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Discuss the extent to which professional registration and/or certification is useful in your broad field of professional interest.
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Prepare three or four slides suitable for slides for use in an oral presentation on making effective oral presentations (or another assigned topic).
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Define and use the words in each of the following frequently confused pairs: ( a ) moral/ morale; ( b ) personal/personnel; ( c ) principal/principle; ( d ) affect/effect; ( e ) capital/capitol.
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What are the regional and national sources of continuing education in your specialty? (Include courses offered through your employer if applicable.)
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How should Fayol's 1916 "Advice to Future Engineers" be modified to better suit the world 90 years later?
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Pick an engineering job, and outline the communication requirements involved in it.
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Take a fresh look at a report you have written some time in the past. How might you have made it more useful to the busy reader?
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Your job exists because your boss has more work than one person can do. What does this tell you of your priorities?
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Discuss how the engineer who moves into managerial work can nonetheless stay up to date in technology.
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The text urges you to choose your boss carefully. How can you try to accomplish this practically?
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You must meet with your staff of 20 engineers and technicians to introduce them to a demanding new program they will all be involved in. ( a ) Discuss how you will prepare for this oral presentation. ( b ) What precautions will you take during this talk? ( c ) Why mightyou prepare a written communication in addition to the oral presentation?
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