Critical Thinking about an Engineering Story


Like many engineering projects, my next Engineering Short Story is taking longer than expected to complete. In the mean time, if you are a student interested or studying engineering, and if you have read my story, “Get A Grip,” please enjoy the learning experience of responding to the following questions. It would be great discussion if my blog followers replied by commenting directly on this post.

Your experience as an engineer could be similar to Melissa’s in “Get A Grip.” You could be teamed with senior engineers to learn from them as well as to contribute new ideas from your perspective.

  1. In the story, how did Aaron, Mike, and Melissa react, individually and as a whole, to surprises, setbacks and problems?
  2. Would you say that Aaron and Mike were good mentors? Was Brandon a good manager?
  3. How would you have led the team through each phase of this program?
  4. What role did Mike play?
  5. Should the most experienced person make all the decisions?
  6. Product Development is an exciting adventure creating new or improved technologies, combining creative and academic skills, managing and nurturing relationships to bring the best out in everyone involved. What engineering skills were necessary for this project?
  7. What communication and personal skills were important?
  8. Where did they go to get inspiration?
  9. What did this team do well? What could this team have done differently to be more successful?
  10. Some engineering problems can be solved immediately, by applying good sense and skills; other problems take time, deep thought, experimentation, study, and conversation. What happened when the team discovered that the vacuum cup suction was reaching through the slip-sheet and gripping the adjacent panel? What did the team do to solve the problem?
  11. They experimented, adjusted variables, then took time to think, removing themselves from the present environment to rest and get fresh ideas. Are all problems solved by one person, by the expert? What is the advantage of working as a team?

I look forward to discussing this story with you.

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