This book presents an innovative model for skills development for engineering professionals. Organizations operate in an increasingly competitive environment, which drives a need for continuous employee skills development. The rapid pace of technological change requires everyone to continue learning throughout life and this book questions the effectiveness of current employee learning in most organizations. Conversely, the new lifelong learning model described in this book has been proven very successful and less costly than existing systems. This highly readable book is amply illustrated with many practical examples and case studies based on the author's experience as a training manager in a large North American engineering company.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Moving beyond the classroom
- Chapter 3: Management roles
- Chapter 4: Mechanisms for advanced learning
- Chapter 5: Communicating the information
- Chapter 6: Employees own their own development
- Chapter 7: The supervisor's role
- Part 2: A few further applications
- Chapter 8: Rotational programs
- Chapter 9: Organizational assessment
- Chapter 10: Evaluating program effectiveness
- Chapter 11: There is no such thing as a free lunch
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Kevin Hoag was awarded both BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent 16 years at Cummins Inc., Columbus, Indiana where his most recent role was as senior technical advisor for continuing engineering education. Under his leadership Cummins was awarded the Glenn L. Martin Award for Corporate Leadership in Continuing Education in 1998, presented by the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education. He is currently the associate director of the Engine Research Centre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a program director in the Department of Engineering Professional Development.