ENGR 486 - Business Opportunities in Engineering (2 Credits)

Course Description

Business principles, leadership and management strategies, accounting fundamentals, engineering and business ethics, creativity, and personal character as a formula for success.

ENGR 486 - Business Opportunities in Engineering (2): This course focuses on business principles that will help Engineering students transition from academia to the business world. Engineers can be highly successful and climb the corporate ladder or transition to entrepreneurship. Awareness of what is needed to succeed in business is the key to success. This course opens the horizon to new ideas, business opportunities, and profitability. Fundamental aspects of accounting including budgeting, cash flow, profit-loss statements, job cost ledgers, overhead and fringe computation are examined. Creativity, critical thinking methods, and ethics as applied to engineering and business are studied in conjunction with case studies. Business plan structure and content are analyzed along with case histories of successful companies. Students will learn how to articulate a business viewpoint, create a mission or vision statement, and present a creative idea clearly and concisely using an elevator ride or billboard approach via essays, proposals, and business plan preparation and presentation. Students will learn leadership and management strategies that will be applicable immediately.

Course Prerequisite

  • 5th semester standing or higher. This course is not open to Business students.

Additional Information

Rose, Joseph



Engineering Science and Mechanics



Phone: 814-863-8026



The Office for Digital Learning in the College of Engineering supports engineers in lifelong learning - the process of acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to remain current in a chosen field. In today's rapidly-changing, knowledge-based economy, engineers must devote the time and effort to learn new skills and technologies in order to add value for their employers and clients and to remain personally marketable. 

Office for Digital Learning

College of Engineering

301-A Engineering Unit C

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-7643

E-mail: odl@engr.psu.edu