Formation and Certification of Integrated Design Engineering Skills

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Riel, Andreas Erik; Tichkiewitch, Serge; Grajewski, Damian; Weiss, Zenobia; Draghici, Anca; Draghici, George; Messnarz, Richard
Section: Design Education and Lifelong Learning
Page(s): 161-170


Integrated Product Development is increasingly a challenge of understanding and predicting the complete product lifecycle, and of treating the product as a whole in all phases of development. This paper points out that this trend has significant implications on the competence profiles of engineers, which are nowadays insufficiently taken into account by education and training programs, as well as skill certification schemes. It proposes a skill set of Integrated Design Engineers based on the results of collaborative research and collaborations with industrialists. Key "integrated skills" include Product Lifecycle Engineering, Innovation-driven Design, Sustainable Design, Responsible Design, Networked Collaboration, Intercultural Skills, Requirements and Knowledge Engineering. We show how the established platform and certification rules of the ECQA can be used to leverage these assets to a worldwide unique qualification and certification platform for Integrated Design with a strong international and industrial orientation.

Keywords: Integrated Design Engineer, Integrated Engineering, Lifelong Learning, Certification, Professional Training


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