Updating ones professional skills, continuing education and the ability to work successfully in multidisciplinary environments have become increasingly critical to staying competitive in the face of rapid advances in technology and the current trends toward outsourcing of engineering jobs. Mechanical engineers, specifically, are continuously confronted with staying current with proficiency in CAD and FEA tools, evolving multiplicity of design materials and increased sophistication of design components, as are their capabilities in communicating with both engineers and non-engineers. A survey conducted of engineering alumni of the California State University, Fullerton indicates how its graduates pursue the complex task of staying current and the degree of successes achieved in this never ending endeavor. The survey evaluated ways and means of these efforts and the employers’ attitudes and support, or lack thereof, towards such efforts, experiences of working in multidisciplinary and multi national teams and attitudes towards community service. Relationships between continued education and career are examined. Implications of the findings to engineers, education and industry are discussed. Roles that educational institutions and professional societies play in this process are carefully examined and discussed.

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