An assessment of desired "business knowledge attributes" for engineering technology graduates

Kenneth J. Fisher, Michael Lobaugh, Diane H. Parente

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This paper describes a study conducted to identify business knowledge and skills needed by entry-level engineering technology graduates and for those having three to fire years of experience. A listing of 9.3 business skills is systematically prioritized based upon a survey conducted with alumni and industrial leaders. Skills of highest priority were logically grouped showing project management. communications and teamwork. quality practices, and business ethics and legal issues to be competency areas needed by entry-level graduates. finance and accounting, and management and organizational behavior are additional competency areas expected after three to five years. Efforts to incorporate study findings into engineering technology program outcomes at Penn State Erie. The Behrend College are described and include the adoption of a specially designed course in project management, an elective offering in product realization. and the development of select business minors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Engineering Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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