Developing a model of non-technical competences for engineers

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Current paper focuses on the question “What are the non-technical competences (NTC) needed for engineering professional work?” Based on theoretical study we draw a heuristic model of NTC for engineers and test it empirically. There are six domains of NTC for engineers: a) Professional ethics competences; b) Personal competences; c) Interpersonal competences; d) Leadership, management, and administrative competences; e) Innovation and entrepreneurial competences; and f) Law and legal system competences. Analysing the correspondence between NTC use in everyday professional work, and NTC competences developed in university study indicated several gaps. Supporting engineers’ Personal competences up to the highest level is especially important as these are used on a daily basis. Young engineers entering the workforce also need extra training to develop their Inter­personal competences.

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Parts, V. & Teichmann, M., (2013) “Developing a model of non-technical competences for engineers”, EWOP in Practice 5(1), 36–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87078

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Velli Parts (Tallinn University of Technology)
Mare Teichmann (Tallinn University of Technology)

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