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An Industrial Case Study: Identification of Competencies of Design Engineers

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Saeema Ahmed

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmarksah@mek.dtu.dk

J. Mech. Des 129(7), 709-716 (Mar 14, 2007) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2723807 History: Received September 26, 2006; Revised March 14, 2007

This paper describes the findings from an empirical study carried out with engineers in senior roles within a large company manufacturing complex products. This research aimed to identify the types of knowledge that are important for design engineers. Twenty four knowledge categories were identified and the importance of these for design engineers in industry was investigated. In addition, the number of years of relevant experience required to become an expert in these types of knowledge was investigated. Knowledge related to the process was perceived as more important to those related to the product. However, the number of years to become an expert in process knowledge was found to be lower than for product knowledge, despite process knowledge being perceived as more important. The findings of this research contribute to the education and training of design engineers.

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Process knowledge: numbers of years to become an expert or experienced

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Number of years perceived to become an expert

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