Engineering Mngt

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Homework 1

1. Engineering and management are differentiated in this essay with their definitions followed by an example.
According to (Steven Cerri, 2008, P 16-17) the field of Engineering involves an attempt to bring down the ambiguity and uncertainty of any complex situation. Whereas the field of management pulls out the number of different possible ways that yields an output out of the given complex situation.
The definitions can be well explained by assuming an example that we want drive from
Beaumont to Dallas utilizing the minimum amount of fuel (in volume, not cost). An engineer would consider the distances among the different possible routes and calculate the minimum gas consumption by considering various parameters like speed, elevation of the road, number of road users etcetera. By using above parameters an engineer calculates the minimum amount of fuel and pick the best route out of available routes. On the other hand, managers would think of the various unpredictable factors like weather, atmospheric density, roadworks and the pace at which traffic move and hence it is not possible to predict with accuracy the route that consume minimum gas. So managers consider all possible routes but acts dynamically in case of uncertainty. If we consider the pace of traffic cause more fuel consumptions, managers look into alternative by taking a freeway or finding a new route.
All in all, an engineer focuses on the right solution and manager’s focuses on the solution that is effective.
1. Cerri, S. (2008, December PE). Engineering vs Management. Leading Insight, 10(4),

2 (a). First line managers or supervisor Vs Managers (Phillips, Connell, 2005).

These managers lead a team or group of non-managerial people or line-workers who work to produce a product or a service.

Supervisors lead their…...

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