EE4M - Engineering Education for the Mobility Value Chain

The project EE4M addresses the tremendously increasing needs for training, re-, and upskilling of engineers in manufacturing enterprises in the mobility value chain from raw material to recycling and back into the loop. In recent years, the mobility value chain in Europe is significantly influenced by a multitude of hyper-dynamic factors, like changing consumer behavior, disruptive technologies, the need for decarbonization initiatives, hyperlocal mobility, etc. which leads to the fact that a continuous realignment of engineering education is indispensable for the long-term success of the companies concerned. EE4M focuses on operations management (OM) as the main area of activity for engineers in the mobility value chain which is changing due to the two policy-driven and pre-dominant drivers “Industry 4.0” (smart/digital OM) and “Sustainability” (sustainable/green OM). The implementation of smart and sustainable concepts in OM in the mobility value chain entails both a transformation of production processes and a change in the working and learning processes of the employees. Companies are increasingly required to design, manage, and integrate learning processes and learning environments into their organizations to provide a lifelong learning ecosystem and to prepare employees for changes in work and tasks. Moreover, educational institutions are challenged to successfully address those demands to ensure the ability to work and the competitiveness of future generations. The intended EE4M project focuses on the professional development of smart and sustainability competences of engineers in the mobility value chain through innovative vocational educational online/hybrid/blended and/or on-site modules supported by a transnational platform between the main drivers of the European mobility value chain (Austria, Greece, Italy, and Spain). The innovation of the project can be explained by the fact that the operations management of the entire value chain (from raw material to recycling and back into the loop) in the mobility sector serves as the basis for the empirically-based realignment of engineering education to create requirement-orientated competence profiles. During the four-year duration of EE4M, more than 1,000 VET teachers/trainers, practitioners, and students from all over Europe within EQF levels 4-8 will be enabled to acquire transdisciplinary skills in the field of smart and sustainable OM through innovative teaching and learning environments. A foundation for a smart and sustainable inclusive and borderless European VET education is to be laid to produce competent and well-trained VET students, graduates/professionals, and teachers. Boosting (inter)national skills ecosystems will successfully increase European competitiveness and employability, professionalize the European VET engineering education, and contribute to economic, ecologic, and social wellbeing.

About us

CountryAustria
ContactPriv.-Doz. Dr. Manuel Woschank, MSc
E-mail addressee4m@unileoben.ac.at
Type of organisation:VET provider
 
Education level:ISCED 6: Bachelor's or equivalent level
ISCED 7: Master's or equivalent level
ISCED 8: Doctoral or equivalent level
Sector of expertise:(Advanced) Manufacturing
Automotive
Education
Mining and quarrying
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Current level of involvement in Vocational Excellence:Project Leader

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