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Engineering Your Future

A Brief Introduction to Engineering

Sixth edition

William Oakes and Les Leone

Publication Date - 28 December 2016

ISBN: 9780190279332

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

In Stock

A balanced and accessible overview of engineering for beginning students


Engineering Your Future 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. This text clarifies those options and directs students down the path to a rewarding career in the engineering field.

Engineering Your Future: A Brief Introduction to Engineering, Sixth Edition, is a concise and inexpensive version of Engineering Your Future: A Comprehensive Introduction to Engineering, Ninth Edition. Containing the eleven most popular chapters from its parent text, this brief version offers the best option for instructors looking for a solid base from which to work while they incorporate outside projects or assignments.

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 7, "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 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 Historic 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. Succeeding in the Classroom
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Attitude
    4.3 Goals
    4.4 Keys to Effectiveness
    4.5 Test-taking
    4.6 Making the Most of Your Professors
    4.7 Learning Styles
    4.8 Well-Rounded Equals Effective
    4.9 Your Effective Use of Time
    4.10 Accountability
    4.11 Overcoming Challenges
    Exercises and Activities

    5. Problem Solving
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Analytic and Creative Problem Solving
    5.3 Analytic Problem Solving
    5.4 Creative Problem Solving
    5.5 Personal Problem-Solving Styles
    5.6 Brainstorming Strategies
    5.7 Critical Thinking
    Exercises and Activities

    6. Computer Tools for Engineers
    6.1 The Internet
    6.2 Word Processing Programs
    6.3 Spreadsheets
    6.4 Mathematics Software
    6.5 Presentation Software
    6.6 Operating Systems
    Exercises and Activities

    7. Teamwork
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Engineers Often Work in Teams
    7.3 Team Organizational Structures
    7.4 Team Growth Stages
    7.5 What Makes a Successful Team?
    7.6 Team Leadership
    7.7 Effective Decision Making
    7.8 Attitudes toward Team Experiences
    7.9 Documenting Team Performance
    Exercises and Activities

    8. Engineering Design
    8.1 What Is Engineering Design?
    8.2 The Engineering Design Process
    8.3 Using the Engineering Design Process-ATM
    8.4 Using the Engineering Design Process-Backpack
    Exercises and Activities

    9. Technical Communications
    9.1 Visual Communication
    9.2 Oral Presentations
    9.3 Written Documents
    9.4 Revising and Editing
    9.5 Conclusion
    Exercises and Activities

    10. Ethics and Engineering
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 The Nature of Ethics
    10.3 The Nature of Engineering Ethics
    10.4 Codes of Ethics and the Obligations of Engineers
    Exercises and Activities

    11. Engineering Work Experience
    11.1 A Job and Experience
    11.2 Summer Jobs and On- and Off-Campus Work Experiences
    11.3 Volunteer or Community Service Experiences
    11.4 Supervised Independent Study or Research Assistantship
    11.5 Internships
    11.6 Cooperative Education
    11.7 Which Is Best for You?
    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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