For civil engineering undergraduates, the opportunity to spend a period of time in formal industrial work placement provides an invaluable learning experience. This paper reviews student engagement with short-term industrial placement and provides analysis of questionnaires (n=174) returned by undergraduates studying civil engineering at four Higher Education Institutes (HEI’s) in the West of Scotland. The data captures industrial placement statistics, employability skill-sets and presents brief testimonies from students. Whilst the journey to becoming a professional civil engineer is undoubtedly enhanced by short-term placement clear opportunities exist for HEI’s to affect and change existing pedagogical discourse. Commentary is likely to resonate beyond civil engineering and serve as a timely reminder of the need to re-invigorate academia / industry curriculum partnerships.
- Industrial Placement
- Engineering Education
- Civil Engineering
Tennant, S., Murray, M., Gilmour, B., & Brown, L. (2018). Industrial work placement in Higher Education: a study of civil engineering student engagement. Industry and Higher Education, 32(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950422218756384