Engineers have the skills to turn products of the imagination into real-world innovation. As humanity’s knowledge and needs increase, the demands on engineering grow. This means the future will be full of new opportunities for engineers. The boom in technical education, such as engineering and the numerous engineering colleges opening up without proper quality checks a few years ago, has now left the country with an excess supply of engineers who are unemployed with many of them unemployable. However, there still lies a huge scope for well trained and skilled engineers. We live in an age where technology has gone beyond imagination as to how it impacts our day-to-day lives.
The progress in simulation techniques, data capture, data reduction and others have made analyses much more refined and precise. Technologies such as 3-D printing, which enables rapid prototyping, has made the building of models much quicker. Industry 4.0, wherein advances in automation and robotics are used, have paved the way for the mass production of customized and differentiated products on the same production line.
Technology which was seen as a facilitator of our work is now core to our daily lives. From the alarm clock that wakes us up to memory mattresses, technology is integral to our survival. This change has created a need for specialization even in engineering.
Skills over technical knowledge
It is true that a large number of engineers who are in the market are unemployable. This doesn’t mean that engineering education or the future of engineering is dark. Corporates no longer want engineers who only know how to code. They are looking at other skills and other on-the-job experience in the form of internships.
When it comes to skills, the knowledge of IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Python amongst others are considered crucial skills. Companies have become picky, and it is essential that students are able to communicate their technical prowess. Engineering has different branches and can be applied to the various fields. IT companies, the healthcare, hospitality, aerospace, roads, to heavy machinery and many others, engineering plays a vital role.
The engineering education in India is at the crossroads today. It’s a chance to take the country on the next high growth trajectory by having the right manpower. Students need to ensure they are industry-ready by the end of their programme.
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