Putting engineering judgment in conversation with engineering communication

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Abstract

ABET has proposed new changes to the EAC's Criteria 3 that will take effect in 2018. Among many changes and rearrangements is the introduction of the term 'engineering judgment' as one of the competencies students must develop to prepare them for professional engineering. However, engineering judgment is not defined in the criteria, and while it is a ubiquitous concept in the philosophy of engineering and engineering education, there is little empirical investigation into what counts as engineering judgment in practice. Furthermore, there is even less conceptual or empirical investigations into communication's role in the practice of engineering judgment. Ethnographic data reveal engineering judgment may be fruitfully understood by educators preparing today's engineers working in teams and multidisciplinary, sociotechnical environments as not a cognitive and individual ability to apply technical knowledge, but instead a capacity of participants to rhetorically establish common cause to interrogate and reflect on technical data and situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509030422
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017 - Madison, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2017Jul 26 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017
CountryUnited States
CityMadison
Period07/23/1707/26/17

Keywords

  • Engineering judgment
  • design
  • embodiment
  • rhetorical theory

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    Scott Weedon, J. (2017). Putting engineering judgment in conversation with engineering communication. In 2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017 [8013977] (IEEE International Professional Communication Conference). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2017.8013977