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The Product Developer: Education and Professional Role
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3699-5049
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of ICED 2007, the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to present results from a study examining the relation between the educational background and professional roles with engineers engaged in product development. Derived from previous studies, the product development engineer ought to be a multifaceted engineer, knowledgeable and skilled in several fields. This engineer should work interdisciplinary, integrative and with the aim to be creative and innovative. By using a substantial data set consisting of 300 engineers in Swedish product development organizations, we derive some important research propositions. The data shows that there are correlations between organizational responsibilities and educational program, in particular regarding focus on design, system integration, project management and technical coordination. If we want to understand how the engineering education affects the professional role of an engineer; we believe that it is critical to further investigate the developed propositions. One example is mechanical engineers; the data shows that the studied mechanical engineers rarely work with design. Our proposition is therefore to investigate the identity and legitimacy of these programs to further clarify the professional role.

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Engineering education, Product development, Professional roles
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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79643ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862589677ISBN: 978-190467002-5ISBN: 1904670024OAI: diva2:495654
16th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2007; Paris; France; 28 July 2007 through 31 July 2007

QC 20120516

Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2014-10-27Bibliographically approved

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