Professional Practice Seminar Courses


ENGR 103: Introduction to Professional Practice in Engineering

Instructor: Chad E. Barker

This course will serve to enhance First-Year student professional development and prepare course participants for matriculation to Professional Practice Programs at Purdue. Students will engage with a diverse range of guest speakers to prepare them for professional success in Co-Op, GEARE, or internship positions. Current Professional Practice students will share their experiences in the workplace, while experienced professionals will provide their views on succeeding as a 21st century professional. Students will master financial literacy, business/social etiquette, professional ethics, and a variety of other skills. There are two deliverables for this course: a book review and a resume/cover letter project, with support from the Center for Career Opportunities. ENGR 103 is a one (1) credit seminar that meets once per week. 

ENGR 19500: Experience French Engineering

Instructor: Joe Tort

Experience French Engineering will expose students to Engineering Professional Practice in France. Students will gain an understanding of how French engineers are trained and differences in approaches to problem solving. Students will be exposed to both the academic and industrial environment and gain an understanding of the type of jobs engineers in France pursue, communication styles within the workplace, and how research and industry impact the economic and social lives of French citizens. Besides the academic and industrial component, this course will involve a cultural aspect through structured and unstructured interactions with French students and faculty, visits to culturally important sites, and the opportunities to live in a major French city and a smaller French town. ENGR 19500 is a two (2) credit course. This is a short-term study abroad experience. 

ENGR 23099/33099/43099: Cooperative Education Seminar

Instructor: Stephen P. Wanders, P.E.

This seminar course is optional for 3- or 5-Session Co-Op students when they are on-campus.  In this course, students share their work experiences, receive feedback from the instructor and seminar participants, and continue their professional development. Students will develop oral and written presentation skills, expand their knowledge of the engineering profession, and learn from the experiences of other participants so that they may apply their knowledge to their situation. There are two deliverables for this course: a work session report and a technical presentation. ENGR X3099 is a one (1) credit course to be used as free elective, general education elective, or technical elective credit (as determined by the student’s academic discipline) toward their degree requirements. ENGR X3099 is a one (1) credit course to be used as free elective, general education elective, or technical elective credit (as determined by the student’s academic discipline) toward their degree requirements. Students from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute may also enroll in this course. 

ENGR 29600/ME 29700: Fundamental Skills for Working in the U.S.

Instructor: Darshini Render

Fundamental Skills for Working in the U.S provides ways for international students to increase their understanding of U.S industry expectations when participating in cooperative education or internship experiences. During the course, students will examine their career goals, U.S employer expectations, cultural differences in the workplace, job searching strategies, the art of networking, use of LinkedIn, and develop a career plan and an elevator pitch. Students will have a unique opportunity to visit local employers (site visits) on pre-determined dates to gain insights on work cultures and practice networking, in addition to increasing their knowledge of Purdue’s Professional Practice Programs. There are six deliverables for this course: an industry analysis, a LinkedIn profile, a cultural reflection paper, an elevator pitch, a field report, and a cover letter to be uploaded as part of the student's profile in the OPP database.  ENGR 29600/ME 29700 is a three (3) credit course taught during the first summer module. This course is ideal for international students interested in the 3-Session Co-Op program. 

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