The MetSkill program - rapidly developing effective young engineers in the workplace

Drinkwater, Diana and Bianco, Nina (2014). The MetSkill program - rapidly developing effective young engineers in the workplace. In: Phillip J. Mackey, Eric J. Grimsey, Rodney T. Jones and Geoffrey A. Brooks, Celebrating the Megascale: Proceedings of the Extraction and Processing Division Symposium on Pyrometallurgy in Honor of David G.C. Robertson. Celebrating the Megascale: An EPD Symposium in Honor of David G. C.Robertson - 2014 TMS 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Diego, United States, (499-506). 16-20 February 2014. doi:10.1002/9781118889657.ch49


Author Drinkwater, Diana
Bianco, Nina
Title of paper The MetSkill program - rapidly developing effective young engineers in the workplace
Conference name Celebrating the Megascale: An EPD Symposium in Honor of David G. C.Robertson - 2014 TMS 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Conference location San Diego, United States
Conference dates 16-20 February 2014
Proceedings title Celebrating the Megascale: Proceedings of the Extraction and Processing Division Symposium on Pyrometallurgy in Honor of David G.C. Robertson
Journal name TMS Annual Meeting
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1002/9781118889657.ch49
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781118889619
9781118889657
Editor Phillip J. Mackey
Eric J. Grimsey
Rodney T. Jones
Geoffrey A. Brooks
Start page 499
End page 506
Total pages 8
Chapter number 49
Total chapters 68
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary MetSkill is a professional development program for metallurgical engineers that integrates with normal duties in their first one or two years of service. Graduates work together on a structured technical project, facilitated by specialists and supported by formal learning, and ultimately reported to their technical managers. The program enables graduates to “fill the gaps” in their undergraduate education, which is increasingly pertinent as engineering degrees become more general. Participants report that they enjoy the focus on more challenging (rewarding) aspects of their jobs and feel more confident about problem solving. Sponsor companies add that the relationships developed with external technical specialists enhances opportunities for innovation and development. MetSkill was delivered to two major resource companies in Australia in 2012. This paper provides an outline of the program and the reasons for its success, and demonstrates how the learning model could be applied to groups of graduates in other engineering disciplines.
Subjects 3104 Condensed Matter Physics
2211 Mechanics of Materials
2506 Metals and Alloys
Keyword Education
Graduate development
Professional development
Skills shortage
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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