ENGINITE Programme

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:

  • Getting valuable experience and professional guidance from practitioners and experts in the field
  • Improve technical knowledge, skills and practical experience
  • To create a community, bringing industries and engineers closer together
  • Participate in an emerging vibrant community that will bring industry and graduate engineers closer
  • Develop employability skills

Training Modules

Technical University of Crete

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.