Engineers: Get Back to School!

Looking for a refresher engineering course to assist you with your daily tasks? Simply look online at universities across the country.

03/01/2012



February featured Engineers Week, which is educational programming to interest young students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. There is an important aspect that isn’t the core focus of that week, but something that all of us are aware of: the necessity to keep our own knowledge current.

Publications like Control Engineering do a wonderful job in keeping us engineers up to date, from articles covering highly technical areas to videos which explain current technologies in bite-sized portions. But what if you are looking for an intense, almost “back to school”- like course on a certain subject? …like Underactuated Robots? …Or Object Oriented Programming? What if you could watch actual lectures regarding underactuated robots and follow along with handouts and homework?

Universities and Colleges across the U.S. have been steadily making moves towards liberating content, in terms of offering it up for those seeking the information and in uploading notes, lectures, videos, and other media online to not only interest future engineers but to assist in keeping those out in the field up to date. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been adding course content to MIT OpenCourseWare for almost a decade, across a multitude of subjects. Another example from the opposite side of the country are courses offered by the University of California, Berkeley.

I highly recommend doing a bit of digging if you are looking to freshen up your knowledge about your field and even others. (I find myself drawn to courses about Technical Writing, since I’ve always found that to be challenging.) Share this information with colleagues and young minds – there are some wonderful resources out there, you just have to keep an eye out for them.

View MIT course videos on YouTube

View UC – Berkeley course videos on YouTube

Read other Engineering at 30 Frames posts or contribute to the discussion.

Also see: controleng.com/media-library/online-training-center



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Water use efficiency: Diminishing water quality, escalating costs; Lowering building energy use; Power for fire pumps
Building envelope and integration; Manufacturing industrial Q&A; NFPA 99; Testing fire systems
Labs and research facilities: Q&A with the experts; Water heating systems; Smart building integration; 40 Under 40 winners
Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities; Selecting energy-efficient transformers; Integrating power monitoring systems; Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.