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Introduction to Engineering Technology, Sixth Edition, explains the responsibilities of technicians and technologists in the dynamic world of engineering. The basic tools of engineering technology are identified and explained, including problem solving, calculator skills, conversion of units, geometry, computer skills, and technical reporting. The text has been used to develop curricula for introductory engineering technology courses in the United States and abroad. Important mathematical concepts are presented in a moderately-paced manner so that they can be easily learned. The presentation is also designed to motivate the reader to acquire more sophisticated skills in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Most importantly, this popular text helps readers to understand the broad spectrum of today's technologies, preparing them for their technical courses to follow. Updates to the Sixth Edition have been carefully crafted to reflect changes in the technology and the industries they serve. Employment, salary, and occupational information have been modified to reflect the most recent survey information. A brief introduction to statistics has been added in order to meet the recommendations of current users of the text. The latest in the series of the popular TI-80s-the TI-89has been explained, although the fourth chapter is general enough that any engineering calculator may be mastered with appropriate instruction. The computer information in the text has been updated and simplified as much as is practical in order to assist the aspiring technologist to focus on the most important operations to be performed. Excel and graphing with Excel have been added. New figures and photos have been added to clarify the concepts presented. Features and topics included in the text include: bull; bull;Current employment and salary information bull;The importance of teamwork, maintaining a positive attitude, and sound problem-solving techniques bull;How to prepare for interviewing bull;The benefits of cooperative education bull;How to purchase and use today's calculators and personal computers bull;Recommended steps to prepare for oral and written reporting bull;New technological advances in telecommunications, robotics, optical systems and materials bull;Content reflecting the importance of understanding and protecting the environment bull;Worked-out examples and numerous practical, applied problems to enhance reader understanding
Table of Contents
Engineering Technology as a Career
Career Choices in the Engineering Technologies
Survival Skills-Preparing for the Engineering Technologies
Right-Triangle Trigonometry and Geometry for Technologists
The Technical Laboratory
The Personal Computer
Networking, Internet Technology and Industrial Automation
Your Future in Technology
Professional Organizations in Engineering
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Answers to Odd Numbered Problems
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Graduates of two- and four-year technical programs will become society'simplementors,those who transform concepts into reality. They must combine a practical understanding of materials, machinery, and processes with the theories of today's practicing engineer. Graduates will work on the cutting edge of technology, installing, operating, and maintaining new equipment in manufacturing and service industries. The implementors will be needed by society, challenged by their careers, and rewarded by their successes. This book is for them. CHANGES IN THE SIXTH EDITION The most extensive improvements in the sixth edition ofIntroduction to Engineering Technologyare listed below: Employment and salary information, as well as occupational information, has been updated. Statistics has been added to Chapter 4. Technological advances since the fifth edition have been added. Data on graphing calculators (e.g., the TI-89) have been updated in Chapter 4. All computer information has been updated. Excel examples and graphing with Excel have been added to Chapter 8. New figures and photos have been added to clarify the concepts presented. Web search problems have been updated in all chapters. Specific website addresses may change, so instructors and students should learn to depend on search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista, and Goto.com. TO THE STUDENT Today, the key to survival--for all nations--is to have an adequate number of technicians and technologists to produce, install, and maintain state-of-the-art equipment, train and supervise industry's skilled workers, and support research and development efforts. This book's holistic approach will help those of you seeking to become society's implementors to receive a quality education. It will allow you to answer these questions: Am I suited for a career in technology? What tools do I need to be successful? How will I apply these tools in business and industry? This text will present an overall picture of the engineering world with the technician's and technologist's places in it. It stresses the importance of possessing a good attitude and paying close attention to detail. It also provides you with the opportunity to use the language and tools of the math-sciences. The language and tools this book presents are those you will need to be successful in the real world of business and industry. I encourage you to sharpen your problem-solving abilities by working the problems at the ends of the chapters. The answers to the odd-numbered problems are at the back of this text. TO THE INSTRUCTOR The text material has been used in the classroom and has worked well for my two-year college students. Students without a strong mathematics and science backgroundcanlearn from the material: Appendices B and C review the mathematical principles necessary to understand the text.Introduction to Engineering Technologymay be used as the primary text for Orientation to Engineering Technology courses or as a supplement for courses requiring the use of applied mathematics, computers, or scientific calculators. The text also may be used in secondary schooltech prepprograms. Dale Parnell's popular bookThe Neglected Majoritydiscusses the need for more structured mathematics and science education for the "middle fifty percent of any high school's student body." This text provides a vital practical base to support such a structured approach. This book contains numerous practical applications to enhance understanding of the concepts discussed. Students wish to work with current applications (e.g., graphing calculators in Chapter 4 and ladder diagrams in Chapter 9) as well as learn the basics. I encourage you to discuss the applications in class, as well as to discuss your own problem-solving experiences.