Drawing on Collective Engineering Sentiment To Improve Learning Outcomes

Source: US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration.
Fig. 1—Engineering competency model.

With many engineering disciplines projected to have a shortage of workers in the next 10 years and the impending retirement of many senior-level employees, there has been an emphasis on identifying job competencies and skills gaps. SPE, and others, have developed a variety of tools to identify and address these and help members ready themselves for the emerging realities of the future workplace, further their careers, and meet employers’ expectations.

As the SPE Soft Skills Committee reported in the February 2016 issue of JPT (Fig. 1 above), the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) released an Engineering Competency Model (CMT) in July 2015. The group engaged subject matter experts from its 17 member societies to develop the model in conjunction with the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration over a 2-year period. The administration partners with industries and professions to develop and maintain dynamic models of the foundational and technical competencies that are necessary in economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. SPE’s parent organization, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) participated as a member society. AIME interfaced with SPE training staff during development of this model.

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Drawing on Collective Engineering Sentiment To Improve Learning Outcomes

Michele Lawrie-Munro, Executive Director, AIME, and Lori Dalrymple, Chief Executive Officer, Architecture of Communication

01 October 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 10