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ENEG20001 Australian Engineering Practice

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Central Queensland University


ENEG20001 Australian Engineering Practice (ENEG20001)


Added on  2019-11-14

ENEG20001 Australian Engineering Practice


Central Queensland University


ENEG20001 Australian Engineering Practice (ENEG20001)

   Added on 2019-11-14

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1AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING PRACTICE Student’s NameCourse NameLecturerUniversityDate
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26a. To become an expert engineer, it is important to collaborate with other people in order to learn how to perform technical work and enhance skills (Shen, 2010). Various aspects of engineering practice require effective collaboration for work to be effectively performed. Collaboration in the engineering practice can involve several expert engineers working together to solve a specific problem or an expert engineer working with new engineers to help them gain work-specific skills (Whitehead, 2007). As an engineering student, technical skills are easy to apply in any scenario that involves collaboration. Recently, I was involved in a class project which was done in groups of five. The project required people with technical drawing skills as well as communication skills. I was appointed as the group leader and was responsible for ensuring group activities were completed as expected. Through the collaboration, the group members were able to complete the project in time. The collaboration experience in the group gave me insight into my strengths and weaknesses. I realized that I need to improve my communication skills in order to communicate with otherseffectively. Besides my shortcomings, I found collaboration to be a key tool for achieving success in team projects. Collaboration was great for the project as it required different skills are required, but it was undermined by disagreements which affected group communication.6b. Recently, I was appointed as a leader of a football team. As the leader, I was responsible for overseeing team activities and reporting issues that emerge to the team manager. My roles in the team included developing a training schedule, sending match invitations, and changing players. The leadership role required effective communication and leadership skills in order to manage the team well. Often, I had to advise players who faced issues when playing on thefield. In one case, I had to instruct one player to work on his dribbling skills in order to
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3become an effective mid-fielder who could help the team to score more goals. Instructing the players was not an easy process. Some players ignored my instructions and at times challenged the advice I gave. Being the team leader, I had to handle such cases with caution to prevent conflicts which could turn dysfunctional and harm the harmony in the team (Deutsch, 2011). In cases where team players disagreed with my instructions, I requested their opinions to gain an insight into their preferences and find a solution that could work for both of us. This resolution process was effective and assisted me to forge strong bonds with the team members.7a. To succeed as an engineer in any country, I have to possess several competencies which include analytical thinking, change leadership, organizational awareness, and teamwork. I believe that I have weaknesses in these competencies and need to work on improving my work behaviours in order to succeed in my career. As an engineer, I have to enhance my analytical thinking behaviour in order to effectively understand a situation, assess different aspects of it, review the implications, and determine causal relationships. With regards to thiswork behaviour, I have to improve my skills in breaking down problems and pulling together observations in a clear format. Change leadership involves initiating and managing change (Anderson, 2010). I have to work on this behaviour by enhancing my ability to interact with others to identify the need for change and actively support the change process. Organizationalawareness is a key work competency that is vital in the decision-making process (Robbins, 2009). Given my weakness in this competency, I have to enhance my ability to understand authority structure and predict situations that can affect stakeholders in the organization. Additionally, I have to enhance my capability to work cooperatively with others in groups of any size towards a common goal and share information freely.
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