ENGINITE aims to design and promote a postgraduate Vocational Education Training (VET) programme based on a Problem Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy and will combine advanced applied academic topics with hands-on aspects, in order to endorse the knowledge and skills of graduate engineers, preparing them for the industry of the 21st century. Via a PBL approach to training, ENGINITE postgraduate VET programme will captivate the career and employability skills of the new engineers – among others: innovation, entrepreneurial skills, efficient quality, health and safety management, problem solving, communication and presentation skills – while it will also enhance technical knowledge in critical fields of engineering. Upon the completion of postgraduate VET programme, participants will be able to enter the labor market, lead multidisciplinary teams, and provide added-value and substantial contribution to their organization.
The postgraduate VET programme is addressed to graduate engineers with a degree in biochemical, chemical, electrical, electronic, environmental, food, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, safety engineering and/or of a relevant field. Eligible will also be Chemists and Food Technicians graduates. In particular, the target group includes: (a) Graduate Engineers, who seek for a job and/or who wish to follow a post graduate/VET programme; (b) Junior Engineers, who are partly-employed and/or working in a different field and wish to follow a post-graduate/VET programme.
The postgraduate VET programme will have a total duration of 6 months and will be composed of two parts.
Part One (3 months):
Eight experiential training courses will be provided aiming at the development of (a) technical knowledge [4 courses] and (b) soft skills [4 courses]. In particular, the courses will be based on the model of problem-centered learning. Each course will last for a week and will be implemented through a blended model based on the use of a web-platform combined with face-to-face meetings. All of the courses will be delivered by experts and practitioners in the field.
Part Two (3 months):
Structured internship via the placement of the graduate engineers in Industrial Partners/Companies for accelerating hands-on experiences in the industry and consolidating the technical knowledge/soft skills which will be gained during the first part of the program. In particular, during the internship, the engineering graduates will have the opportunity (a) to become familiar with the operations, equipment, process of the companies/industrial units which will be placed in, (b) to work on small scale projects as indicated by their mentors and company representatives, and (c) to work on self-initiated projects/proposals in collaboration with their mentors and company representatives.
Learning gains & expected outcomes
Participation in the ENGINITE program can provide a young engineer with a competitive advantage, equipping you with the necessary skills to successfully meet the needs of the 21st century industry and the labor market. In particular, through participation in the program a young engineer will have the opportunity to:
The course aims to enrich engineers’ knowledge and capabilities in Efficient Quality and Health & Safety Management Systems: Theory, Applications, Cooperative Culture Integration and enable them to successfully participate in or lead complex projects with tight schedule, limited resources, yet with high quality results. Besides, in real-world industrial workplaces parameters constantly change and problems have to be overcome, thus the engineers need to be properly trained. For this purpose, real industrial projects in combination with the Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach will be used during the course, to equip the engineers with the required skills. Great organizational and analytical skills, understanding of leadership, management and teamwork, along with a holistic grasp of the project-at- hand are just some of the capabilities that engineers need and will acquire through this course. Good practices will also be available as participants’ tools.
The course aims to introduce young engineers to the concept of Innovation, and particularly in understanding how to manage innovation under the creative process of creating new innovative products/services or participating effectively incorporate innovative processes. Upon completion of the course, young engineers will have explored the necessary Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial skills and capabilities essential to enable them to successfully participate in or lead complex projects with tight schedules, limited resources, yet at the same time with high-quality results. The parameters of the real-world industrial workplaces are constantly changing, hence problems need to be overcome; thus, young engineers need to be properly trained. For this purpose, this course will prepare the engineers to solve their everyday work challenges with an entrepreneurial zest! The course is applicable to young engineers who will either run their own business or work for another business. Given the opportunity to address real industry cases in combination with the infused Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach which will be used during the course, it is expected that engineers will gain the desired innovation and entrepreneurial skill set. Creative and critical thinking skills, understanding leadership and adopting effective innovation culture, embracing creative processes that lead to new innovative products/services/processes, self-management and teamwork skillset, applying proven business models to boost innovation, along with a holistic grasp of the project-at-hand are just some of the capabilities that engineers need and will acquire through this course. Good practices and live talk sessions from industry leaders will also be available as participants’ tools.
Cyprus University of Technology
This course aims to shift graduates’ mindset in engineering problem solving, moving away from solving ‘part’-problems and focusing on optimal solutions of the overall system. The solutions emanating from systems thinking usually lead to “doing more with less”, globally optimal solutions. The participants will be introduced to the concepts of systems thinking through problem-based learning techniques which will be applied to relevant engineering systems. The graduate engineers participating in this module will gain much needed entrepreneurial and 21st century business skills that will help them develop a prosperous career.
The course aims to enrich engineers’ knowledge and capabilities in Project Management and enable them to successfully participate in or lead complex projects with tight schedule, limited resources, yet with high-quality results. Besides in real-world industrial workplaces, parameters constantly change and problems have to be overcome, thus the engineers need to be properly trained. For this purpose, real industrial projects in combination with the Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach will be used during the course, to equip the engineers with the required skills. Great organizational and analytic skills, understanding of leadership, management and teamwork, along with a holistic grasp of the project-at-hand are just some of the capabilities that engineers need and will acquire through this course. Good practices and user-friendly software will also be available as participants’ tools.
Cyprus University of Technology
This course emphasizes the economic principles and the analysis of engineering decisions. Thus, the strong relationship between engineering design and manufacturing of products/systems and the evolved economic aspects, along with applied concepts of the time value of money and equivalence, will be highlighted in the course. It is essential for both industry and engineers to be able to transform a concept and/or project into requirements, equipment and a reliable estimation for resources and critical parameters such as cash flows, capital, operational and maintenance costs and cost of money. The correct assumptions, the capability of investigation and location of the right partner and provider, along with the magic of creating a realistic economo-technical model are the core elements of this course. Real problems and cases from the industry will be introduced and the Engineers will be called to propose their engineering economic analysis report.
Cyprus University of Technology
During this course, engineers will learn how to create, develop and lunch new products in established industrial firms. Innovative or improved products are required for ensuring competitive advantage and growth of every company and this is what the course is focused on. A combination of marketing, design, manufacturing knowledge and skills will be gained through workshops and real case studies.
Technical University of Crete
This course will enhance the engineering capabilities and provide hands-on skills to optimize an industrial process or manufacturing line. Engineers will learn to select the correct assumptions and parameters for their problems in order to capture a realistic process analysis and achieve optimization of resources and cost.
Technical University of Crete
This course aims to provide practical knowledge and technical skills for understanding, analyzing and managing logistics and supply chain of the industrial sector. Engineers will learn practically how products and services end-up to the final customer including transportation and logistics processes, all involved parties and the relevant legislation requirements. Moreover, Engineers will be able to contribute effectively to the supply change optimization, narrowing down the logistics cost and even setting up new processes.