Design and Professional Skills

Successful engineers need to identify and analyse problems, conceive and design potential solutions, liaise with and present to clients, and work with and direct colleagues. They need to do these things efficiently, ethically, professionally, and competently, and, often, they need to do them quickly.

Although it is possible to learn these skills ‘by osmosis’, this can take years—even decades—of trial and error. Our goal is to provide the students with tools at the start of their degrees that will make them more effective during their university career. We will enable them to work as competent professionals not just when they graduate, but when they do student projects and internships.

To begin with, we give students formal training in the subjects we know they’ll need. We start in the first year introducing them to the basics: the design cycle, communication, teamwork and leadership, ideation, critical thinking, ethical and professional decision making, entrepreneurship, and drawing. In the second year we’ll move onto more sophisticated topics like cross- functional teams, risk, sustainability, manufacturability and cost, health and safety, and legal topics such as IP, privacy, and liability.

Crucially, we will not only be teaching the students about these skills, but giving them a chance to practice and develop them in classroom discussions and exercises, projects, challenges, and scenarios.

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Dr Sunny Bains
Senior Teaching Fellow, Integrated Engineering Programme

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