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Department of Engineering - The Engineering Profession Course (ENGR 433)

Department of Engineering - The Engineering Profession Course (ENGR 433)

The Engineering Profession Course (ENGR 433)

Classically, there were only three professions: ministry, medicine, and law. Professions require extensive training, have a specific code of ethics, and require members to take some form of oath to uphold these ethics Professionals profess to a higher standard of accountability. Three educational programs at McNeese State University currently are considered to be professional programs: engineering, nursing, and accounting.

Because engineering is a profession does not mean all engineers are professionals. Professionalism is not defined by the position held. Professionalism is defined by inner character, behavior exhibited, and image projected. Professionalism is not just technical skill; some technically skilled people are not professional. While professionals often receive payment for their work, in contrast to amateurs, who do not receive payment, professionals do not view their work as merely a source of income or just as a job. A profession is a calling. Professionals have values directed toward high-quality service to others through one's work. The work of professionals is a statement of personal commitment to excellence of performance.

ENGR 433 - The Engineering Profession is a required course for all McNeese State University engineering students. In this course, students develop understanding and skills relevant to the important issues facing engineers after graduation. Typical subjects covered by the instructor or guest speakers include:

  • Professionalism in Engineering
  • The Petrochemical Industry
  • Professional Engineering Registration and the FE exam
  • The Role of Engineers in Public Policy Developments
  • The Value of Participation in Professional Societies
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Teamwork and Leadership Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Legal Problems Encountered in Engineering
  • Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas in Engineering
  • The Importance of Life Long Learning
  • Achieving Sustainability (An Environmental Goal)
  • An Awareness of Global and International Issues
  • Career Management and Preparation for Interviews