In the past, engineering course fluctuated between the practical aspects of Engineering and emphasizing on engineering science. On the other hand, the service-learning approach that is being implemented today focuses on a hands-on learning approach whereby the students attain the objectives of the course in a credit-bearing course when they meet the real community needs. Adding context to the course has motivated the engineering students and has helped the engineering school to improve on diversity and retention. Through service-learning, students have been able to focus their projects on the well-being of society and how it can improve society at large. Service-learning has helped me improve my thoughts about life and has helped me improve my creativity in the field. Through service-learning, I have learned the basic requirements that society requires from me. In this case, I am able to expand my thoughts on the engineering concepts and projects that are friendly towards the society and not to harm them in any way.
Through creativity and innovation, engineering has improved how certain things are done within the society. By doing further research on the current existing engineering systems, we as engineers can help improve the existing systems and make them perform better than before and improve service provision both locally and globally. Through the use of engineering concepts and service-learning, new systems have been implemented that have reduced the cost of goods production by reducing the transport and labor costs in the manufacturing industry. Engineering Problem solving techniques are very essential to me as an engineer and it helps me to come up with ideas and answers on certain issues. As an engineer, I need to look into issues critically and possess the ability to think critically in order to find the relevant solutions to the problems. However, the solutions provided should not harm the society but rather improve society and make it better than before. Moreover, as an upcoming engineer, I have learned that leadership skills are some of the basic requirements of an engineer. Most of the concepts and projects related to engineering require a person who can control the progress of the project and ensure that it ends at the stipulated time and no inconveniences are created on the people around or the environment.
From the course, I learned that teamwork is a very important aspect in engineering and for one to be an effective engineer; he or she needs to possess the ability to work in a team of people. Through volunteer activities in the society, I can gain enough experience in teamwork. Engineering is a discipline that entails working on problems that affect society. Through my service-learning project, there is an environment where I can construct knowledge while working on other actual projects. Through the service-learning project, I gain the experience of teamwork and the ability to think critically. Through teamwork, I am able to learn from different people who may be from different ethnic communities or races. In this case, I am able to upgrade my thinking capacity to suit the different societies that might require my services in the near future. Moreover, the volunteer activities that are organized in different communities may help me in gaining enough knowledge of the basic concepts that should be implemented within the environment.