The Challenge of Vocation in Engineering Education

Byron Newberry

The Christian concept of work as vocation is arguably under great duress in modern society. This problem can be particularly acute in highly technical professions such as engineering, which are typically characterized by adherence to the values of strict rationality and objectivity. Byron Newberry highlights some of the challenges to be faced in the attempt to reanimate a sense of vocation through engineering education—including obstacles present in society at large, in higher education in general, and in technical education in particular—and offers some thoughts on facing up to these challenges. Mr. Newberry is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University.

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