Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering


Engineering, Mechanical.


Frise, P.




This thesis presents a study of Mechanical Engineering skills as they are related to the needs of Canadian industry. Current Mechanical Engineering curricula in accredited engineering programs in Canada have been compared to the needs expressed by Canadian industry. A list of 70 Best Practices were defined to be part of the Product Engineering Process (PEP). The PEP is the process made up of "Best Practices", used to develop a product from idea or concept to how to dispose of or recycle the product at the end of its useful life. Two surveys have been constructed, one for academia and another for industry. These surveys were used to collect the appropriate data from each group. The surveys contain a demographic page, which asks specific questions to the participant. Pages will follow which list 70 elements found in the PEP. The skills are divided into eight categories, they are: (1) knowledge of PEP; (2) PEP team skills; (3) people skills; (4) professional communication skills; (5) design skills; (6) analysis and testing skills; (7) manufacturing skills; (8) connection with the global marketplace. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .S57. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0775. Adviser: Peter R. Frise. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.