Academic

Competencies

Reading • Writing • Mathematics • Science & Technology • Communication • Critical & Analytical Thinking • Computer Skills

Skilled in comprehension. Understands and uses text and figures in documents.

Challenges
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  1. Identify the purpose, meaning, and main ideas in an article.
  2. Interpret and explain information from an infographic, chart, or figure.
  3. Distinguish fact from opinion in a written argument.


Interview Practice Questions
Tell me about a time when you…

  1. Identify bias or factual errors in a document.
  2. Understand complex written instructions and follow them correctly to complete a task.
  3. Identify multiple relevant articles that report on an issue or topic and synthesize them to make a conclusion.

Skilled in writing. Uses business English in logical, organized documents

Challenges
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  1. Tailor the content, tone and terminology of your writing for a specific audience and purpose.
  2. Appropriately cite resources used within a public document.
  3. Communicate technical information in an organized and coherent manner, supported by examples.


Interview Practice Questions
Tell me about a time when you…

  1. Proofread a document to improve grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, and the use of jargon.
  2. Evaluate constructive feedback from a skilled writer on a draft of your document.
  3. Fully develop a written argument, providing supporting evidence and addressing counter arguments.

Thinks in models. Expresses complex ideas and derives solutions mathematically.

Challenges
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  1. Learn and apply concepts from geometry or trigonometry to study shapes and angles.
  2. Learn and apply concepts from calculus to study continuously changing systems.
  3. Use differential equations to characterize time-dependent physical processes to help solve technical problems.


Interview Practice Questions
Tell me about a time when you…

  1. Organize and analyze data to determine statistical variability, test hypotheses, or compute confidence intervals.
  2. Use both inductive and deductive reasoning in making or challenging an argument.
  3. Apply an appropriate mathematical model to characterize a physical system or phenomena.

Understands how the world works. Applies scientific principles and methods to solve problems.

Challenges
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  1. Use the scientific method along with modeling and experimentation to advance your understanding of the physical world.
  2. Research scientific and technical accomplishments throughout history.
  3. Learn and apply key concepts about atoms and the molecular and ionic structure of all substances.


Interview Practice Questions
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  1. Learn and apply key concepts about matter, energy, and the laws that govern their interactions and transformations.
  2. Learn and apply key concepts about the earth’s physical structure and substance and how it continues to change over time.
  3. Learn and apply key concepts about cells, organisms, ecosystems, and genetics.

Skilled communicator. Listens and speaks clearly or uses alternative communication methods.

Challenges
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  1. Explain technical aspects and benefits of an engineering project to non-technical audiences.
  2. Make decisions about when to talk and when to listen and reflect upon the proper balance.
  3. Prepare visuals, handouts and slides and deliver a persuasive oral presentation to a technical audience.


Interview Practice Questions
Tell me about a time when you…

  1. Evaluate presentations, make suggestions for improvements and learn from what worked well.
  2. Learn how nonverbal communication (posture, appearance, expressions, gestures) impacts how your message is received.
  3. Understand another’s perspective and feelings through active listening and paying attention to nonverbal cues.

Logical thinker. Analyzes information to draw conclusions.

Challenges
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  1. Identify fundamental principles or root causes to solve a complex problem.
  2. Uncover connections and draw conclusions from complicated sets of data or information.
  3. Identify and challenge any assumptions that you or others are making about a problem.


Interview Practice Questions
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  1. Evaluate the reasoning used to make an argument or conclusion for inconsistencies and errors.
  2. Examine and update your mental models - the frameworks you use to make sense of the world.
  3. Evaluate alternative solutions to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Tech-savvy. Shares information via safe and secure technology, hardware, and software.

Challenges
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  1. Create, maintain, and organize documents and spreadsheets in a secure system.
  2. Use internet-based tools effectively for research, communication and collaboration.
  3. Learn and apply cybersecurity principles and good practices for data privacy and information security.


Interview Practice Questions
Tell me about a time when you…

  1. Code or program in multiple programming languages.
  2. Evaluate appropriate uses of social media in personal and professional settings
  3. Set up a local area computer network and connect it to a wide or global area network.


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COMPETENCY CLUE:

The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing. -- Michael Jordan