What makes a competent engineer?
In The Engineer of 2020 (published in 2004), the National Academy of Engineering called on engineering societies to help prepare the “engineer of the future” — one who could adapt to rapid changes in technology as well as the social, economic, and cultural forces that would affect engineering.
In response to the NAE’s call, NSPE created the Professional Engineering Body of Knowledge, the first concerted effort to provide a common ground to developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as a professional engineer across engineering disciplines.
The Professional Engineering Body of Knowledge, in turn, paved the way for a new guide for developing the engineering workforce. The Engineering Competency Model, developed by the American Association of Engineering Societies and the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, provides employers and engineers with guidance on the core competencies and skills necessary to enter the engineering profession.
NSPE’s EBOK and the Importance of Competency Models (PPTX)
Submitted by: Paul Schmidt, P.E., F.NSPE
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