Professional Roles and Employability of Future Engineers

S. Craps, M Pinxten, Gillian Saunders, Mariana Leandro Cruz, K. Gaughan, G. Langie

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Although there is high degree of agreement on the importance of transversal skills for engineers, employers observe a significant gap between expectations and reality. This paper discusses the need for the development of a framework of professional roles for future engineers and the implementation of dedicated skills education in engineering curricula to train students for this role. Based on an extensive literature study, an overview is given of previous research on this topic. The paper also outlines the next steps that will be taken by the authors as part of a European project PREFER to develop and implement these roles in engineering education.
Conference Key Areas: Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning; Skills and Engineering Education; Curriculum Development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationEducation Excellence for Sustainability, 18-21 Sept. 2017, Azores, Portugal
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event45th SEFI Annual Conference: Education Excellence For Sustainable Development - Terceira Island, Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017
Conference number: 45


Conference45th SEFI Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleSEFI 2017
CityAngra do Heroísmo
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  • Labour market entry
  • Transversal skills
  • Professional roles
  • Skills mismatch


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