This book sets out the principles of engineering practice, knowledge that has come to light through more than a decade of research by the author and his students studying engineers at work. Until now, this knowledge has been almost entirely unwritten, passed on invisibly from one generation of engineers to the next, what engineers refer to as “experience”. This is a book for all engineers. It distils the knowledge of many experts in one volume. The book will help engineers enjoy a more satisfying and rewarding career and provide more valuable results for their employers and clients. The book focuses on issues often seen as “non-technical” in the world of engineering, yet it shows how these issues are thoroughly technical. Engineering firms traditionally have sought expert advice on these aspects from management schools, often regarding these aspects of engineering practice as something to do with psychology or organisational behaviour. The results are normally disappointing because management schools and psychologists have limited insight and understanding of the technical dimensions in engineering work. Little if any of the material in this book can be obtained from management texts or courses. Management schools have avoided the technical dimension of workplace practices and that is precisely what characterises engineering practice. The technical dimension infuses almost every aspect of an engineer’s working day and cannot be avoided. That’s why this book is so necessary: there has not yet been any authoritative source or guidance to bridge the gap between inanimate technical issues and organisational behaviour. This book fills this gap in our knowledge, is based on rigorous research, and yet is written in a style which is accessible for a wide audience.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I haven't read this book in its entirety (few people ever will), but I've spent enough time with it to confidently endorse it.
The author describes what it means to be an expert practicing engineer, and provides wise guidance on how to reach and stay at that level during the course of an engineering career. Some of this guidance may appear counterintuitive to novice engineers, but it does resonate with my own thinking based on almost three decades of experience as a practicing engineer, and it's important to note that the book is largely based on extensive research by the author and his colleagues.
Regarding how to approach the book, don't be daunted by its 600+ pages in a smallish font. The book is structured such that you don't need to read it cover to cover, and it probably makes more sense anyway to dip into it here and there, according to your interests and needs. To most benefit from the book, rather than reading it once and then leaving it on the shelf,...
Too long. Even as a text book the message is lost in its size.
Hardcopy, seriously. This book is a great read with some real insight. But the book is physically big and cumbersome to carry around.
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