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The importance of engineering graphics to our future engineers and the state-of-the-art methods used to teach these concepts

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In many universities, engineering design graphics is no longer a required element of an engineering degree. Several factors contribute to this, including the reduction in the number of hours required for an engineering degree and advancements in technology that are construed to make the art of hand drafting obsolete. The focus of this paper is to defend the necessity of engineering graphics in an engineering education by discussing the benefits of and the need for the skills developed in these courses. The common point of the arguments presented is economics. Engineers who possess graphics skills are valuable to a company because of the time and money they can save that company through productivity and advanced analysis. Instructors use multimedia presentations involving PowerPoint presentations, the Internet and document projectors to present material and provide demonstrations.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1999. FIE '99. 29th Annual  (Volume:2 )

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10-13 Nov. 1999