American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – “Project Lead the Way”, a national program aimed at preparing students to become the most innovative leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In 2010 a middle school near Wichita, KS will be the pilot program for an aerospace engineering lesson plan Hopefully this program will increase students’ interest in engineering.
Next we wanted to learn more about special training needs engineers have……
Any holes in the engineering curriculum?
HR implications we took from these videos are: Ray mentioned communicating through crucial, candid conversations and having the ability to influence people to accept your work…this may not be something all engineers feel comfortable with, but it is necessary on the job….so HR just needs to be aware that this may not be a strong point for some people and could be addressed through some one on one coaching …… this could be something as simple as setting up a development plan when you bring new engineers on board….discuss with them their strengths and weaknesses and address the weaknesses through a training plan and setting individual goals … ..This could be through a rotational program or a cross-functional project….or even letting employees lead a focus group to address a problem the organization is facing … .This is something I think is very important because as we saw the first few weeks of class doing the SEEs, there is a LOT of technical jargon that business and HR employees don’t easily understand….this could maybe be addressed by offering a business writing for engineers course … .making sure students received this training in their undergrad would make the students’ transition into the workforce a lot smoother
Needs to be a 2-way street between engineering and HR trying to understand each other’s functions. HR needs to have a presence, needs to make an effort to understand what the engineering staff they support do This will be crucial in gaining respect and building an effective working relationship.
Aerospace Engineering IIG Presentation
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING IIG PRESENTATION By Danielle Caldwell, Matt Hayes, and Ashley Redenius
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING IN THE NEWS <ul><li>ARRA is now funding the introduction of engineering curriculum into middle schools in the US </li></ul><ul><li>Boeing and Northrop Grumman go head to head for USAF Tanker Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Space Travel </li></ul>
WORKFORCE CHALLENGES FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERS <ul><li>Succession Planning Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized and specific knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less interest in Aerospace Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students seeking a more entrepreneurial environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceived lack of opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many projects depend on scope of military projects and requirements of the US Government </li></ul>
NOW LET’S HEAR FROM AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL ABOUT THE WORKFORCE CHALLENGES OF THE AERO INDUSTRY……
CHALLENGES TO HR PROFESSIONALS <ul><li>Identifying and hiring serial innovators </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating and engaging engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Creating HR policies that reward engineers appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating seamless on-boarding for new and experienced hires </li></ul>
What We Wanted to Learn about Engineers <ul><li>How are they motivated? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they have special training or educational needs? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they feel about HR? </li></ul>
OUR INTERVIEWEES <ul><li>Ray Price </li></ul><ul><ul><li>William H. Severns Professor of Human Behavior, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous HR experience at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ray Foltz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BS - Civil Engineering, Citadel, 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MS - Structural Engineering, UIUC, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD - Structural Engineering, UIUC, Expected 2010 </li></ul></ul>
HR IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>Need to understand that engineers are empowered by challenging and meaningful projects </li></ul><ul><li>Should find ways to help engineers develop pride and ownership of their projects </li></ul><ul><li>When possible, break large projects into smaller pieces and allow engineers to work on autonomous, intimate teams </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers are always interested in learning, so HR should provide them with top-notch development programs </li></ul><ul><li>Even though they love their work, they also enjoy work-life balance, so we should develop programs to help them accomplish this </li></ul>
Ray Price on Special Training Needs for Engineers
HR IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>Communicate through crucial, candid conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Realize that engineers may not have training in the basics of business and provide training opportunities or workshops to address this </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to give engineers unique experiences to develop their leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Provide learning opportunities where engineers can practice explaining their technical work to non-technical people </li></ul><ul><li>Work with target universities to add soft skill training and more writing-intensive courses to the undergraduate engineering curriculum </li></ul>
HR Implications <ul><li>Realize that engineers do view HR as an important asset to the company and to their own careers and develop relationships to enhance that feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Consider ways to interview engineering candidates that allows them to showcase their technical skills and include people who can understand and rate their skills in the interview process </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to be honest and open in order to earn the trust and respect of engineers—especially if in a role that may present a conflict of interest </li></ul>
FINAL TAKEAWAY….COLLABORATION IS KEY <ul><li>Break communication barriers by ensuring that both HR and Engineering staff are trained to understand the technical and business aspects or the organization </li></ul><ul><li>This will create a partnership between the two and help the organization achieve an environment of collaboration and trust </li></ul>