Integrated engineering skills for improving the system competence level

  • Riel A
  • Tichkiewitch S
  • Messnarz R
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Abstract

Integrated product development is increasingly a challenge of understanding
and predicting the complete product lifecycle, and of treating the
product as a whole in all phases of development. This article points
out that this trend has significant implications on the competence
profiles of engineers, which are nowadays insufficiently taken into
account by education and training programs, as well as skill certification
schemes. Building on the highly innovative and successful European-wide
professional training and certification scheme of the European Certificates
and Qualification Association (ECQA), it suggests a basic skill profile
that is characteristic for modern job roles in Integrated Engineering,
and justifies the integration into the ECQA platform. It points out
that this initiative marks a major step towards the improvement of
engineers' system competence levels. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley
& Sons, Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Certification
  • Integrated design engineer
  • Integrated engineering
  • Lifelong learning
  • Product development improvement
  • System competence

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