In this fast-changing world with its digital transformation and energy transition, what challenges will engineers be facing in 2030 and, above all, what cross-functional skills will they be expected to have? Plenty has already been written on these questions, but IMT felt it was necessary to propose a prospective study sketching a portrait of the engineer of the future. This work aims to serve as a starting point for reflection within the Institut’s schools as well as for all stakeholders in higher education, students in post-secondary education, those preparing to enter Grandes Ecoles, and future employers.
The IMT approach
This portrait, sketched by the IMT’s Career Observatory, in connection with Sociovision, is based on:
- an in-depth analysis of the prevailing trends that have long-term effects on the environment that engineering skills are used in;
- information needed for defining future directions (the “drivers”), collected through interviews with experts and the monitoring of publications;
- a schema of cross-functional skills in five fields, based on a two-dimensional reference frame.
2030: five essential fields of skill
Educating the engineers of tomorrow will require investing in five essential fields of cross-functional skills:
- Expertise: a strong conceptual sense of reasoning with which to address technological transitions,
- Ingenuity: the ability to reach beyond one’s own knowledge and frames of reference through an understanding of different customs and cultures,
- Agility: the ability to be creative and empathize with the client, to understand that the solution lies with others,
- Responsibility: the ability to review the present to define the future, with a sense of the collective interest,
- Influence: the ability to draw different skills around oneself and to be an interface that generates trust and loyalty.
A study for the whole of the educational community
“Since this is a prospective approach,” explains Bertrand Bonte, Director of Development & Careers at IMT, “the work constitutes more of a sketch than a definitive portrait of the engineer of 2030. IMT is putting it forward for consideration and discussion to anyone in the educational community who may be interested.”
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