An engineer in the post-industrial society is a person working at the intersection of science, engineering, technology and production. The society needs engineers, their knowledge, experience, and professionalism. Almost all of the objects around us — from household items to global constructions, vehicles and IT giants — are the result of their creative activity.
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Globalization of the world economy has led to a significant increase in labour mobility. This has primarily affected the scientific and technical personnel and engineering staff. The need for unification of specialists has led to the emergence of international organizations involved in the elaboration of requirements for the quality of engineering education and the recognition of the engineer qualification.
The main document that defines the quality of engineering higher education is the educational program. This document defines goals, expected results, content, and organization of educational process. However, to assess the quality of educational programs themselves, the procedure for their accreditation is used, which is produced by the reputable and governmentally independent professional organizations.
The American professional organization Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology () is the world leader in assessing the quality of educational programs. In Europe, the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education () was established. The ENAEE structure includes a number of national agencies. The first position among these agencies belongs to the German Accreditation Agency Specialized in Accrediting Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics ().
In Slovenia, the education quality control is entrusted to the — NAKVIS.
It is possible to obtain higher engineering education in Slovenian universities in accordance with all European standards.
At the University of Maribor (Univerza v Mariboru), the Quality Assessment Commission (KOKU), besides NAKVIS, is also involved in controlling the quality of educational programs. The following educational programs have been accredited:
At the University of Nova Gorica (Univerza v Novi Gorici), the Engineering and Management educational program is accredited.
The University of Ljubljana (Univerza v Ljubljani) is accredited by the ASIIN and the ENAEE bodies with regard to the Mechanical Engineering (Research and Development Programme) and Mechanical Engineering (Project Oriented Applied Programme) educational programs for the Bachelor and Master degrees.
Engineering programs for the Bachelor and Master degrees have different specializations, feature competitive prices, and provide excellent quality of education. To read more about these programs, click here.
The official employment of future engineers in Slovenia becomes possible right during their studies through the Student Service. The labour immobility factor observed in Slovenia along with the necessity to ensure a reliable human resource by manufacturing companies result in searching for technical personnel usually within the local environment. Therefore, after successful graduation from university, a young engineer is virtually guaranteed to be employed by a Slovenian company.
An average engineer salary in Slovenia is around € 1,000 net. The programs of student and professional exchange allow students to study and find work in other countries around Europe and worldwide. Thus, an average salary of an engineer in Austria is € 3,000, and in Germany — about € 4,000. An increase in the professional qualification is in sync with the growth of a specialist salary. After a few years of work, a successful engineer can qualify for the title of a Professional Engineer and, respectively, for a completely different wage level.
You can read more about the European and international engineering accreditation in this article.