Reflections on the challenge of developing professional engineering designers and engineering design technologists – A New Zealand perspective

DS 75-8: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.8: Design Education, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Robotham, Antony John; Raine, John Kenneth; Nates, Roy Jonathan; White, David Edward
Series: ICED
Institution: Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Page(s): 135-144
ISBN: 978-1-904670-51-3
ISSN:  2220-4334


This discussion paper reflects upon the 100+ years of experience of the authors in delivering tertiary level education to engineering designers. It compares the teaching approach taken for professional engineers and engineering technologists and promotes the need for T-shaped designers. The merits of a project-led approach to engineering design is discussed and an outline for an inter-disciplinary Masters level programme is considered. The discussion combines the reflections of the authors with some of the latest research into design education.

Keywords: Design education, design practice, design engineering, t-shaped designers, inter-disciplinary design


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