The Making of a Globally Competitive Engineer
By John Philip Espiloy | 5 March 2022
Engineering individuals are posed with many new challenges and opportunities. Growth in information technology and artificial intelligence paved the way for increased technological innovation and the proliferation of knowledge and skill. The scope of engineering has also broadened to include remarkable trends in the growing level of automation of industrial processes. It shifts towards more sustainable development and advancements in energy efficiency and technology.
To prepare engineers for new opportunities and markets the industrial sector, academe, organizations, and government should continuously improve engineering education and practice.
“What does it take to become successful abroad?” Many of the young and aspiring engineers may find themselves asking this question as they look overseas for career opportunities. Technical expertise and knowledge are a must for an engineer to prosper in any industry. But success on the world stage is driven by more than just engineering practice. He also needs a global mindset that enables an individual to transfer his skills across borders, cultures, and languages. It is characterized by openness towards different cultures, an appreciation of diversity as well as an understanding of global trends.
Individuals do not have to be born with global skills in order to become accomplished. In fact, these skills are more often acquired, through training and international exposure. More often than not, we see engineers excel in their respective fields outside the country due to their proficiency in the English language and ability to work with people from different cultures.
The Role of Educators
Engineering educators are tasked with the progressive development of their respective curricula. It is important that the engineering curriculum is periodically reviewed in order to bring engineering graduates at par with the world’s best. The local accrediting bodies should monitor engineering programs. Acquiring accreditations from international accrediting bodies such as Washington Accord and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) are important steps in producing globally competitive engineers.
One of the key developments in the growing role of industry-academe linkages for both local and international institutions in fostering the integration of theory and practice in the learning process. This opens the door for both professionals and students to attain international exposure and a more intuitive learning experience. These include exchange programs, university tours, and collaborative research between industries and universities. This assists in educating young engineers to become globally recognized.
A Well-Rounded Globally Competitive Engineer
Different factors are crucial in attaining global success as a globally competitive engineer. It is necessary to reiterate the all-important value of a deep desire to learn. Any individual surrounded by difficulties will certainly find the right solutions by acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills.
A globally competitive engineer will possess a vast amount of skill and knowledge. Be globally competent and be a life-long learner.
John Philip Espiloy is a researcher, writer, speaker, lecturer and an author of several scientific and engineering journals. He is now a full-time writer together with his partner.