ENGINITE: ENGineering and INdustry Innovative Training for Engineers via PBL (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 vocational training 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.
The target group postgraduate vocational training programme includes:
- – Graduate Engineers, who seek for a job and/or who wish to follow a post graduate/vocational training programme;
- – Junior Engineers, who are partly-employed and/or working in a different field and wish to follow a post graduate/vocational training programme.
During the program, Industrial Partners in the engineering sector are going to provide internship placements and the following categories are welcome and eligible:
- – Companies which seek for professional graduate/ junior engineers for employment;
- – Companies which experience lack of innovative ideas and seek for talented engineers who can provide solutions to existing problems and/or promote new ideas/products towards helping the companies to enhance their competitiveness and further grow.
The postgraduate VET programme will have a total duration of 6 months and will be composed of two parts.
Part A (3 months)
Eight training courses will be provided aiming at the development of (a) employability enhancement & managerial (soft) skills [4 courses], and (b) technical knowledge enhancement [4 courses]. The courses will be based on the model of Problem-Based Learning. Each course will have a duration of six days (one day online and a week face to face) and will be implemented through a blended model based on the use of an online learning platform combined with face-to-face meetings. All the courses will be delivered by academics, practitioners, and experts in the field.
Part B (3 months)
Structured internship via the placement of the graduate engineers in Industrial Partners/Companies for accelerating their hands-on experiences in the industry and consolidating the technical knowledge/soft skills, which will be gained during the first part of the program. 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:
|A||Employability Enhancement & Managerial Skills|
|A1||Engineering Systems Thinking: Re-engineering by Simplifying|
|A2||Project Management in Action|
|A3||Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial skills|
|A4||Applied Efficient Quality and Health & Safety Management Systems|
|B||Technical Knowledge Enhancement|
|B1||Engineering Logistics and Supply Chain Analysis in practice|
|B3||Applied Process and Production Optimization|
|B4||Product Development: From Concept to Market|