AUSTIN, TX, May 28, 2008 - FIATECH has initiated a new project to identify unique post secondary educational institutions' programs and catalog instructional techniques used to teach design and construction technology. The project will be led by Allan Chasey, Ph.D., P.E., from Arizona State University and will include industry input. By identifying innovative and successful industry and academic programs that currently exist in academic institutions, these programs can be used to assist and expand the technology enabling efforts throughout the construction and engineering industry. This project was identified in the Element 8 (Technology and Knowledge-Enabled Workforce) section of FIATECH's Capital Projects Technology Roadmap, which aims at achieving a better, more highly trained, technology-educated workforce.
"The engineering and construction industry is experiencing a severe shortage of qualified personnel. Among the many reasons expounded for this is a clear lack of communication that exists from industry about what technology core competencies are needed for the future workforce when they graduate from the current construction management programs," explains Chasey. "The research will provide FIATECH with valuable information and ideas to determine a path forward on how to develop a technology enable workforce."
The scope of this project will include identifying current industry technology requirements as well as identifying innovative existing approaches to teaching technology usage in a multi-discipline environment. This will require surveying key industry stakeholders to determine their required core competencies and also surveying traditional architectural, engineering and construction post secondary educational universities to identify successful collaborative teaching approaches and programs.
Explaining the importance and need for this project, Scott Lofgren, Global Director, BE - Careers Network at Bentley says, "the future of the engineering and construction industry is in our schools today and ensuring we bridge the needs of industry with the efforts of educators today is essential. This project will discover successful programs that bridge the knowledge sharing of industry needs with the course offerings in school. Once we learn from others and determine the best practices out there, the entire industry will benefit. Examining other successful programs, then tailoring a program to FIATECH's needs, will ensure graduates enter the workforce equipped with the essential tools for success."