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Enhancing technical engineering education with industrial design: Consideration of professional engineering requirements

Enhancing technical engineering education with industrial design: Consideration of professional engineering requirements

Year: 2010

Section: SYNERGIES BETWEEN PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING DESIGN

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Smith, Paul

Section: SYNERGIES BETWEEN PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING DESIGN

Pages: 327-332

Abstract

Very few engineered products are judged purely on function, the primary focus of engineering, and
industrial design contributes significantly to perceived product quality. The two disciplines must work
concurrently and in collaboration to produce successful products and, in industry, this is common
practice. However, many academic engineering courses in New Zealand focus on technical
engineering content and have few links with industrial design. Massey University is unique within
New Zealand as its School of Engineering and Advanced Technology provides an academic course in
Product Design Engineering, which is co-taught with the School of Design. In 2009, the course was
reviewed for accreditation by the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). While
provisional accreditation was granted, the review highlighted a number of potential concerns around
the reduction of technical engineering content required to accommodate increased industrial design
content. This paper discusses the results and impact of the 2009 IPENZ review of Product Design
Engineering at Massey University in the context of current academic engineering courses in New
Zealand. The function of accreditation for professional engineering status for such courses is explored.
A case study based review of international academic Industrial Design Engineering and Product
Design Engineering courses is conducted to develop solutions to the issues raised. The insights are
applied to a redesign of academic engineering courses at Massey University, which will establish a
core Design Engineering course.

Keywords: Professional engineering, Product Design Engineering, Engineering education

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E&PDE 2010: ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION 2010The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will take place 2-3 September 2010, and will be organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference in 2010 will address the relationship between design education and design research. This year's conference theme, "When...

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