Engineers a cut above the rest

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” – Victor Hugo

“Except, that is, its implementation” – Shayla Rivera, ENGR[x]

Much research has gone into understanding exactly what skills are missing from current day graduates to enter the work force. A great number of companies and research groups have already adequately identified what is needed. At Texas A&M University College of Engineering, we are doing something about it...
…and we call it ENGR[x]

What is ENGR[x]?
ENGR[x] is a new required course for all Texas A&M engineering undergraduate students with the objective of providing them with additional professional skills and experiences beyond then engineering degree requirements in order to better prepare them for their professional lives.

What does ENGR[x] mean to me as an employer?
Because of their exposure to high-impact learning experiences, our graduates will have a deepened understanding of the importance of working in teams and critical thinking.  They will have been exposed to working with people who are different from themselves thus enhancing their leadership and collaboration skills. They will also have an experiential understanding of the importance of effective written and verbal communication. 

All of the attributes of leadership, team building, effective written/verbal communication, critical thinking and diversity awareness will assure that our Texas A&M engineering graduates will not only be a solid choice technically, but also the best addition to any team.

According to NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) what employers are looking for are leaders who can work as part of a team, that is what we are up to at Texas A&M Engineering.

“When it comes to the types of skills and knowledge that employers feel is most important to workplace success, large majorities of employers do NOT feel that recent college graduates are well prepared. This is particularly the case for applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings, critical thinking skills, and written and oral communication skills — areas in which fewer than three in 10 employers think that recent college graduates are well prepared. Yet even in the areas of ethical decision-making and working with others in teams, many employers do not give graduates high marks” - AACU report 2015.

Who can I contact to learn more about ENGR[x]?
Shayla Rivera '83
ENGR[x] Director | Professor of Practice