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Study of the primary factors influencing students to choose engineering as a career

by Slupe, Gregory Thomas.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the primary factors influencing students to choose engineering as a career. Upon review of previous studies and other scholarly literature, a survey was designed to investigate (a) the factors that influence a student's decision to choose engineering as a career, (b) when students decide on engineering as a potential career, and (c) what students find most intriguing about the field ofengineering. A total of 254 manufacturing engineering and engineering technology students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout completed the survey. Resulting data from the survey indicated long term goals, personal values, and parents greatly influenced their decision to pursue engineering. The students made their decision to pursue engineering after their sophomore year in high school. They were largely intrigued by the challenge the career offered and the possibility ofmaking contributions to benefit humankind. Exposure to UW - Stout's laboratory environments while collaborating with 111 engineering and technology faculty, and other students, allows them to apply their knowledge and skill toward a common goal. IV
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:university of wisconsin stout vocational guidance engineering students

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