Students of Vocational Program of Mechanical Engineering of UMY Should Possess Many Achievements to Confront the Industrial Revolution

Vocational Program of Mechanical Engineering of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) conducted a public lecture on Wednesday (24/4) to prepare students so that they can strike good achievements in the industrial revolution era.

The public lecture invited a lecturer from Faculty of Engineering of Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Ibnu Siswanto, S.Pd.T., M.Pd., Ph.D. In his deliverance, Ibnu stated that it is important to become a vocational student possessing many achievements. He conveyed, “As a student of mechanical engineering, direct field practices are required, considering that nowadays all needs demand to be conducted instantly. Skills in the working world, especially in future industrial sectors, should depend on not only the skills but also the teamwork aspect. Students are required to be more creative and innovative in their field. Several jobs seem to be vanished, and more jobs are open and provide new opportunities. In order to confront this issue, all students of mechanical engineering should prepare themselves so that they can penetrate the jobs when they graduate.”

He continued, “Besides, all students also need to prepare a reflection of self-developments. Students have to be ready to face changes because basically universities are boosters in various fields. One of the very notable examples is a university as an economic booster that brings the economic growth in the industrial revolution era.”

Furthermore, Ibnu engaged all students to implement all materials he had delivered. He also added that there were five priority sectors to prepare in the industrial revolution era. “Students should observe, copy, and modify. In Indonesia, there are five primary sectors that perform in the industrial revolution era, namely foods and beverages, textiles, automotive, electronics, and chemistry,” explained Ibnu.

Besides, the other speaker from Vocational Program of Mechanical Engineering Universitas Gadjah Mada, Sugiyanto, S.T., M.Eng. explained relative issues. He informed, “The five priority sectors in the industrial revolution have been explained by Ibnu so that we are now discussing immediate steps through long-term aspirations for the priority sectors. A study conducted by Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Technology (Kemristekdikti) of Indonesia shows that students’ achievements lately have grown so fast. This, in fact, should bring more fervor to all students of the Vocational Program of Mechanical Engineering. Students should start with the own innovations, and may not copy from others. Basically, achievements should be delved and searched.”

Moreover, Sugiyanto added, “Students will get difficulties in finding jobs if they do not possess achievements. Students should be able to compete so that they can transfer their knowledge through a proper communication. Students also need to be mentally prepared for encountering the working world in near future. In the industrial revolution era, students have to possess several competencies, namely problem-solving, creativity, ways of thinking, negotiation, time management, emotional management, and proper planning in all aspects. After all, students should conduct everything properly so that they can get maximum results.”

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