Engineering Your Future: An Australasian Guide, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781118389287

Engineering Your Future: An Australasian Guide, 2nd Edition is the essential resource for all undergraduate engineering students. With strong and practical emphasis on essential skills such as problem-solving and design, this text will help you achieve success across tests, projects, and exams. Packed with case studies of real engineering projects, as well as the real skills and competencies required by Engineers Australia, Engineering Your Future will give you the practical knowledge you need to succeed.


  • Spotlights: Each chapter features numerous local examples of real world engineering projects across the broad range of engineering disciplines. The Engineering Text Applications at a Glance grid in the text’s preliminary pages provides a visual overview of this multidisciplinary coverage.
  • End of chapter exercises and project activities provide you with ample opportunity to put key engineering principles and skills into practice.
  • The text has been written by Australian Engineering academics to address the key nontechnical engineering attributes that have been identified by Engineers Australia as being essential for contemporary engineering education.
David Dowling worked as a surveyor for 12 years prior to accepting a lecturing position at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 1978. David was appointed Head of Surveying at USQ in 1989 and worked intensively with industry organisations to design, develop and gain accreditation for three new distance education programs. In 1995, he accepted the role of Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, a position he held until 2009. His major achievements in this role included the successful accreditation of the first Australian Bachelor of Engineering to be offered by distance education. More recently, David developed the content, structure and study materials for the innovative Master of Engineering Practice program. This distance education program is accredited by Engineers Australia and enables experienced Engineering Technologists to become Professional Engineers by using their workplace learning to demonstrate their competence.

Anna Carew was a water microbiologist and began working with engineers to research novel microbial indicators of water and wastewater quality. Having realised engineering was such a powerful and fascinating field, she moved into industrial training at a private consultancy, and, between 1998 and 2000, worked alongside engineers as a research consultant in sustainable water and waste management with the Institute for Sustainable Futures. A passion to effect change led Anna to undertake her PhD at the University of Sydney investigating the teaching and learning of sustainability in engineering.

Roger Hadgraft is a civil engineer with more than 15 years involvement in improving engineering education. He has published many papers in the area, with a particular focus on problem- and project-based learning, and the use of online technology to support learning in this way. He was instrumental in introducing a project-based curriculum into civil engineering at Monash University, commencing in 1998. From 2002 until 2006, his work at RMIT was in curriculum renewal to embed graduate capabilities, specifically through a stream of project-based courses and subjects in civil, chemical and environmental engineering, with special emphasis on new, project-based subjects in first year. From 2007 through 2011, Roger was Director of the Engineering Learning Unit at the University of Melbourne assisting with the introduction of the Melbourne Model in engineering, supporting new project-based learning courses, new learning spaces and improving teaching quality.

1. What is engineering?
2. The engineering method
3. Sustainable engineering
4. Self-management
5. Understanding communication
6. Enabling skills for engineers
7. Professional responsibility and ethics
8. Understanding the problem
9. Engineering design
10. Evaluating options
11. Engineering decision-making
12. Communicating information
13. Managing engineering projects
14. Your engineering future
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