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Engineering Your Future

A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering

Ninth Edition

William C. Oakes and Les L. Leone

Publication Date - 28 December 2016

ISBN: 9780190279264

688 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

A balanced and accessible overview of engineering for beginning students


Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Ninth Edition, is an authoritative guide to the academic expectations and professional opportunities in engineering, a field that is both academically rigorous and creatively demanding. Today's engineering students are faced with endless career opportunities. Engineering Your Future clarifies those options and directs students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field. Featuring exceptionally broad coverage, it offers instructors unparalleled flexibility for any introductory course.

New to this Edition

  • A rewritten Chapter 1, "The Heritage of Engineering," encourages students to appreciate the rich and inclusive heritage of engineering and to think about how much our daily lives are impacted by engineering
  • Chapter 2, "Engineering Majors," reflects current technological advances, including mobile computing and nanotechnology
  • Chapter 3, "A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Profession," provides the latest available data on the job market, college enrollment trends, and diversity within the profession
  • A completely updated Chapter 10, "Teamwork," includes new examples from today's leading companies including Netflix, Tesla Motors, and Google
  • A significantly expanded section on programming in "Appendix C: An Introduction to MATLAB" serves as a starting point for students learning to code

About the Author(s)

William C. Oakes, P.E., is Professor of Engineering Education and Director of the EPICS Program at Purdue University. He is also the coauthor of Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community, Second Edition (OUP, 2013) and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Les L. Leone is Assistant Dean Emeritus at the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2014
April 2011
July 2009

Table of Contents



    1. The Heritage of Engineering
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 The Beginnings of Engineering: The Earliest Days
    1.3 Early Cities
    1.4 A Case Study of Two Historical Engineers
    1.5 Computers, Information, Networking, and People
    1.6 The History of the Disciplines
    1.7 Closing Thoughts
    Exercises and Activities

    2. Engineering Majors
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Engineering Functions
    2.3 Engineering Majors
    2.4 Emerging Fields
    2.5 Closing Thoughts
    2.6 Engineering and Technical Organizations
    Exercises and Activities

    3. A Statistical Profile of the Engineering Profession
    3.1 Statistical Overview
    3.2 College Enrollment Trends of Engineering Students
    3.3 College Majors of Recent Engineering Students
    3.4 Degrees in Engineering
    3.5 Job Placement Trends
    3.6 Salaries of Engineers
    3.7 The Diversity of the Profession
    3.8 Distribution of Engineers by Field of Study
    3.9 Engineering Employment by Type of Employer
    3.10 Percent of Students Unemployed or in Graduate School
    3.11 A Word from Employers
    Exercises and Activities

    4. Global and International Engineering
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 The Evolving Global Marketplace
    4.3 International Opportunities for Engineers
    4.4 Preparing for a Global Career
    Exercises and Activities

    5. Future Challenges
    5.1 Expanding World Population
    5.2 Pollution
    5.3 Energy
    5.4 Transportation
    5.5 Infrastructure
    5.6 Aerospace and Defense
    5.7 Competitiveness and Productivity
    5.8 Engineering's Grand Challenges
    Exercises and Activities


    6. Succeeding in the Classroom
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Attitude
    6.3 Goals
    6.4 Keys to Effectiveness
    6.5 Test-taking
    6.6 Making the Most of Your Professors
    6.7 Learning Styles
    6.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective
    6.9 Your Effective Use of Time
    6.10 Accountability
    6.11 Overcoming Challenges
    Exercises and Activities

    7. Problem Solving
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving
    7.3 Analytic Problem Solving
    7.4 Creative Problem Solving
    7.5 Personal Problem-Solving Styles
    7.6 Brainstorming Strategies
    7.7 Critical Thinking
    Exercises and Activities

    8. Graphics and Orthographic Projection
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Orthographic Projection
    8.3 The Meaning of Lines
    8.4 Hidden Lines
    8.5 Cylindrical Features and Radii
    8.6 Line Precedence
    8.7 Freehand Sketching
    8.8 Pictorial Sketching
    8.9 Dimensioning
    8.10 Scales and Measuring
    8.11 Coordinate Systems and Three-Dimensional Space
    Exercises and Activities

    9. Computer Tools for Engineers
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 The Internet
    9.3 Word-Processing Programs
    9.4 Spreadsheets
    9.5 Mathematics Software
    9.6 Presentation Software
    9.7 Operating Systems
    9.8 Programming Languages
    9.9 Advanced Engineering Packages
    Exercises and Activities

    10. Teamwork
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 Engineers Often Work in Teams
    10.3 Team Organizational Structures
    10.4 Team Growth Stages
    10.5 What Makes a Successful Team?
    10.6 Team Leadership
    10.7 Effective Decision Making
    10.8 Attitudes toward Team Experiences
    10.9 Documenting Team Performance
    Exercises and Activities

    11. Project Management
    11.1 Introduction
    11.2 The Triple Constraints
    11.3 Student Example Project
    11.4 Creating a Project Charter
    11.5 Task Definitions
    11.6 Schedule
    11.7 Work Breakdown Structure
    11.8 Network Diagrams
    11.9 Critical Paths
    11.10 Gantt Charts
    11.11 Costs
    11.12 Personnel Distribution
    11.13 Documentation
    11.14 Team Roles
    11.15 Agile Project Management
    Exercises and Activities

    12. Engineering Design
    12.1 What Is Engineering Design?
    12.2 The Engineering Design Process
    12.3 Using the Engineering Design Process--ATM
    12.4 Using the Engineering Design Process--Backpack
    Exercises and Activities

    13. Technical Communications
    13.1 Visual Communication
    13.2 Oral Presentations
    13.3 Written Documents
    13.4 Revising and Editing
    13.5 Conclusion
    Exercises and Activities

    14. Ethics and Engineering
    14.1 Introduction
    14.2 The Nature of Ethics
    14.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethics
    14.4 Codes of Ethics and the Obligations of Engineers
    Exercises and Activities


    15. Units and Conversions
    15.1 History
    15.2 The SI System of Units
    15.3 Derived Units
    15.4 Prefixes
    15.5 Numerals
    15.6 Unit Conversions
    15.7 Dimensional Homogeneity and Dimensionless Numbers
    Exercises and Activities

    16. Mathematics Review
    16.1 Algebra
    16.2 Trigonometry
    16.3 Geometry
    16.4 Complex Numbers
    16.5 Linear Algebra
    16.6 Calculus
    16.7 Probability and Statistics
    Exercises and Activities

    17. Engineering Fundamentals
    17.1 Statics
    17.2 Dynamics
    17.3 Thermodynamics
    17.4 Electrical Circuits
    17.5 Economics

    18. The Campus Experience
    18.1 Orienting Yourself to Your Campus
    18.2 Exploring Your New Home Away from Home
    18.3 Determining and Planning Your Major
    18.4 Get into the Habit of Asking Questions
    18.5 The "People Issue"
    18.6 Searching for Campus Resources
    18.7 Other Important Issues
    18.8 Final Thoughts
    Exercises and Activities

    19. Engineering Work Experience
    19.1 A Job and Experience
    19.2 Summer Jobs and On- and Off-Campus Work Experiences
    19.3 Volunteer or Community Service Experiences
    19.4 Supervised Independent Study or Research Assistantship
    19.5 Internships
    19.6 Cooperative Education
    19.7 Which Is Best for You?
    Exercises and Activities

    20. Connections: Liberal Arts and Engineering
    20.1 What Are Connections?
    20.2 Why Study Liberal Arts?
    Exercises and Activities

    Appendix A. Nine Excel® Skills Every Engineering Student Should Know
    Appendix B. Impress Them: How to Make Presentations Effective
    Appendix C. An Introduction to MATLAB


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