Catalogue 2019 - 2020

ME 439 Professional Awareness


1 cr.


Senior standing.

Course Description

This course is designed to make students aware of some of the problems, concerns, and responsibilities of an engineer as a professional. In addition, students are guided in formulating a proposal for a Senior Design Project in preparation for project work in ME 440. Students participate in discussions, led by invited speakers, on topics that enable them to write a professional résumé, interview for a job, generate an effective and substantive report, and make an effective technical oral presentation. Students are exposed to ethical issues in engineering environments; made aware of the necessity of protecting their work with either patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets and of not infringing on the similar rights of others; and apprised of issues of safety in the work place, product liability, and the importance of professional registration. Faculty and representatives from industry present ideas for Senior Design Projects and each student chooses a project and develops and writes a project proposal under the supervision and guidance of a faculty advisor. The assessment in this course is based on students' participation in discussions, the submission of short papers on some of the issues raised in the presentations, and the quality of the project proposal and oral presentation. One class hour.