The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) is leading the development of a competency model for the engineering profession in concert with the Department of Labor. Developing a competency model has been identified as a key priority by AAES’ Lifelong Learning Working Group (LLWG) to help many understand the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the workplace.

Competency models for almost every industry in the United States are collected and showcased by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and others for use in a number of ways. Specifically for the engineering profession, the competency model will establish a more consistent employment guideline for employers, and provide employees, prospective employees, workforce training providers, educators and others a clear understanding of how best to enter, advance, and succeed in the industry. With the gamut of professional opportunities offered by the engineering sector, and our leading position in creating employment opportunities in our nation’s economy, this represents a critical and foundational workforce development tool we must have in place.

Subject Matter Experts from AAES member societies, which represent industry and academia, have been working for several months with the USDOL to develop the current January 2015 draft Engineering Competency Model. We are asking you to be a part of this survey that will provide critical input of knowledge and counsel on this draft competency model for the engineering sector.

Please reply by March 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Prelewicz, AAES Associate Executive Director (

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* 1. How important are the following Personal Skills in the Engineering Profession?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important
Interpersonal Skills
Adaptability and Flexibility
Dependability and Reliability
Lifelong Learning

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* 2. How important are the following Academic Competencies for the Engineering Profession?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important
Science and Technology
Critical and Analytical Thinking
Basic Computer Skills