HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ VIEWS ON ENGINEERS CANADA’S DEFINITION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING WORK
AbstractThe breadth of the engineering profession is illustrated by Engineers Canada’s (EC) recognition of over 120 accredited engineering programs across the country. Arguably, the work of a professional engineer spans over an even larger scope. However, synthesizing a description of engineering work that encompasses all aspects of the profession is extremely difficult. Applicants to engineering programs in Canadian universities require high standing in specific course pre-requisites. In order to make an informed decision with regard to engineering as a possible career path, it is critical that students clearly understand the engineering profession. The purpose of this paper is to describe how Grade 9/10 students’ perceptions of engineering work compares to EC’s description, based on the outcomes of a research study involving a questionnaire and interviews. The findings show that the emerging categories from these students’ descriptions of engineering work that aligns with EC’s description, involves design (42.3%) and helping people or the environment (16.5%).