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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 963291, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/963291
Research Article

Building Professional Competencies Indices in the Solar Energy Industry for the Engineering Education Curriculum

1Department of Industrial Education, National Taiwan Normal University, No. 162, Section 1, Ho-Ping East Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan
2Department of Information Management, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, No. 300, Section 1, Wanshou Road, Guishan, Taoyuan County 333, Taiwan

Received 21 March 2014; Accepted 16 April 2014; Published 29 April 2014

Academic Editor: Ho Chang

Copyright © 2014 Chin-Guo Kuo and Chi-Cheng Chang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study aims to develop professional competency indices and their subindices as needed by the solar energy industry, to establish a basis for development of the engineering education curriculum. The methodologies adopted by the study are literature analysis, expert advisories, and focus groups. The study focuses on the establishment of competency indices by experts at stock market-listed companies and then confirms these competencies with focus groups. The study found that the competencies required by the solar industry consist of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the areas of materials development and applications, photovoltaic technology, cell manufacturing technology, biotechnology, chemical technology, power generation and electricity, process development and improvement, data collection and analysis, industry regulation, green energy beliefs, and working attitudes and values. The results of this study can be used as the basis for the cultivation, selection, and employment of industry professionals.