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Chapter: Appendix D: Informal Mail Survey of Employers of Engineers

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Informal Mail Survey of Employers of Engineers." National Research Council. 1985. Engineering Employment Characteristics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/584.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Informal Mail Survey of Employers of Engineers." National Research Council. 1985. Engineering Employment Characteristics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/584.
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APPENDIX D Formal Mail Survey of Employers of Engineers Following are the questionnaire and a summary of the results of the informal mail survey of employers of engineers conducted by the Panel on Engineering Employment Characteristics. Of the approximately 350 firms to which the panel sent the survey {scientific sampling proce- dure was not employed), 107 firms responded. 63

64 1. Name Position and Organization 3. Division or Company Form Used in Mail Survey Information Prepared by: l ~ Optional Number of Employees in Division or Company Number of Engineering Employees Reported on 6. Major Products/Services of the Division or Company Field Computer Hardware Computer Software Aeronautical Engineer APPENDIX D Total Number Included Average Number of New Graduates Hired/Year {last 3 years) -~ . Chemical Engineer Civil Engineer Electrical Engineer Electronic Engineer Industrial Engineer Mechanical Engineer Other Engineer Mathematician Physicist Chemist NOTE: This information is required so that data can be properly identified as to industry {academic) sector for comparison with other sectors.

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APPENDIX D 67 Responses to Informal Survey TABLE D-1 Survey Responses Regarding Difficulty in Finding Quality Graduates Percent Responding "Very or Somewhat" Number of Engineers Difficult Responden Computer hard ware 67.5 37 Computer soft ware 52.8 53 Aeronautical 25.0 16 Chemical 33.4 39 Civil 14.0 57 Electrical 58.2 67 Electronic 65.7 35 Industrial 33.4 36 Mechanical 47.4 76 TABLE D-2 Survey Responses Regarding Utilization of Engineers Engineers Computer hard- ware Computer soft- ware Aeronautical Chemical Civil Electrical Electronic Industrial Mechanical Percent Fully Utilized Respondents Number of 75.0 73.7 43.8 37.2 70.5 60.0 45.9 45.0 55.4 40 57 16 43 61 75 37 40 83

68 APPENDIX D TABLE D-3 Survey Responses Regarding Impact of New Tools on Engineering Productivity A. Computer-aided drafting: · 31% had widely available systems; 27% had no system. · Systems cost approximately $10,000 per engineer affected. · 46% had formally evaluated their systems. · Average increase in productivity of those affected was estimated to be 100%. B. Computer-aided design: · 33 % had widely available systems; 27 % had no system. · Systems cost approximately $7,000 per engineer affected. · 40% had formally evaluated their systems. · Average increase in productivity of those affected was estimated to be 50%. C. Computer-aided manufacturing: · Few systems are in place. D. Engineering information systems: · 49% had widely available systems; 18 % had no system. · Systems cost approximately $3,000 per engineer affected. · 24% had formally evaluated their systems. · Average increase in productivity of those affected was estimated to be 35 % .

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