Sometimes, when you’re in college, you can’t help but wonder whether your professor understands what’s going on in the real world. Do I really need to know how to use this French curve? Is this lesson on calculating logarithms with a slide rule going to be relevant?
Okay, I’m exaggerating. But student preparedness is a real concern. In a 2015 report published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers and students disagreed about how ready graduates are for the workplace.
Students in the study overestimated their ability to work with numbers, their critical thinking skills, and their innovation and creative output. Ouch!
Employers weren’t even all that impressed with the graduates’ tech savvy, giving them lower scores for “staying current on technologies” than the students gave themselves.
Overall, 74% of students thought they were well-prepared for the job market. Only 42% of employers agreed.
It’s unfortunate, because when the world is stocked with well-trained graduates, everybody benefits. Especially in engineering.
What can be done? R.M.K. Engineering College in India thinks the answer lies in working more closely with the private sector.
At that school, regional and national companies like Infosys, Ashok Leyland, and Tata work in collaboration with R.M.K. to ensure students get a world-class engineering education. PTC is helping too by providing tools and training, so students hit the ground running when they move into their professional careers.
Collaborations like these make up the cornerstone of educating 21st century engineers, says Mr. R.M. Kishore, Vice Chairman, R.M.K. Take a look around the campus and meet some of the people bringing real-world insight to the classroom:
Founded in 1995, the college specializes in training students from undergraduate to post-graduate, and research levels.
By including industry and even inviting companies to come give training, R.M.K. believes students get a more holistic education. That’s one reason why the school now incorporates PTC products into their curriculum. Students there are now learning to work with CAD, PLM, and IoT software as they prepare to meet global challenges.
Students even have the option of earning mechanical industrial certification training in PTC Creo.
Winning with PTC Academic Program
Through the PTC Academic Program, students get professional product development tools, including PTC Creo, PTC Windchill, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, paired with industry-recognized training programs.
Professors say they like that the PTC team and the students can interact. With the full support that comes with the 3D CAD software design engineer students and eventual graduates learn what they need in the real world.
Getting to design – quickly
In fact, one student said what he likes most about PTC Creo is the interface: “It’s so simple. It allows me to transform a design idea into a product so quickly and effectively.”
Other students say they’re overcoming barriers to creating smart connected products now that they have access to the ThingWorx cloud-based platform.
R.M.K. says it’s seeing an increase in core offerings they can provide students. The future, as they say, looks bright. As the partnership grows, the college will be adding more options to their training such as augmented reality and digital twin technology. Dr. Elwin Chandra Monie, the college’s principal, believes the partnership will continue to offer a wide range of solutions to his students. “PTC is a partner in our success,” he says.
[Ed. PTC Academic Program is preparing students and others all over the world for successful careers in design and engineering. Find out more here.]