Looking for resources on technology in engineering and education
May 20, 2011 6:58 AM   Subscribe

School me in engineering technology, engineering education, or just technology in education generally. Books, articles, blogs, and any other info is appreciated.

I just accepted a technical position at a university in the engineering department. While I have tech skills, I am not an engineer. So I would like to know more about technology in engineering. I am also interested in information about technology in education. Books, blogs, websites, articles or anything else are all welcome. Anything you can think of would be great.
posted by Silvertree to Education (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Thing 1:
Regarding safety practices, there is a vast difference between engineering disciplines. Engineers, especially students, won't know this. What that means is, when it comes to the big machines, be warry of electical engineers trying to do mechanical work and mechanical engineers doing electrical work and other such cross polination efforts. An engineer learns how to break things down mentally, compartmentalize systems, apply system knowledge from unrelated but understood systems, and then get things to work. The first time you see a hunk of steel launched out of a milling machine, chances are it will be from someone that has either gotten complacent in their abilities or someone who wasn't as familiar with the machine as they would like to think they were. If your lucky, it will just cause a 1/2" indentation in a 1" door. If you are unlucky, it will hit someone.

You are the expert when it comes to the technologies and equipment, get people accustomed to OSHA standards for whatever it is they want to/need to do. Engineers, especially young ones do not always recognize the danger of the gear they work with.

Thing 2:
As a tech, you are the implementation expert. If you have the oportunity to, talk to folks about their designs before they start making a lot of scrap (be it in the form of burnt out chips, or 3" chunks of steel), do so.
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:33 AM on May 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

What national/international society fits with your engineering department? SME? ASME? IEEE? ASEM? Do they subscribe to that society's magazine/journal or is a subscription available at the school's library? Start reading those and it can give you a good start on the more department specific information.

SME has a Daily Executive Briefing email that I read EVERY DAY and LOVE because it has so many neat articles about different manufacturing news from around the US. It gives me a good overview of what's going on in the manufacturing world.
posted by jillithd at 8:40 AM on May 20, 2011

Engineering is nearly synonymous with technology. Could you describe what your position entails a bit?
posted by mnemonic at 7:54 PM on May 20, 2011

Part of it is tech support for the department. That part I have covered. The rest is recommending new technology for the department, especially as it relates to education.
posted by Silvertree at 4:55 PM on May 21, 2011

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