Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date





1-14 pp.

Conference Name

2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, June 24-27, 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii


Many students have the desire to have internships and part-time employment during their academic careers. Often students in their freshman and sophomore years in four year engineering and technology programs find it difficult to be competitive against more senior students for these positions. This paper discusses how students, in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program at ________________University, through taking CAD and Solid Modeling courses early in their academic careers are well suited to be competitive in obtaining internships and part time employment. This paper discusses the MET programs first two years’ curriculum and how it prepares the students to enter into the workforce competitively against the more senior engineering students.

This paper also discusses the results from a departmental survey of students currently enrolled in the program as to how enrollment and completion of these early courses have impacted their viability for the part-time positions and internships, and offers further insight into how as faculty teaching these early courses can improve the chances for technology students to apply for and receive early experience in their chosen career field.


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Original Publication Citation

Dean, A., & Moustafa, M., & Moustafa, J. (2007, June), Using basic computer aided drafting and design courses at the freshman level to improve technology students competitiveness In obtaining early academic career internships [Paper presentation]. 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.