The Importance of Engineers in Every Aspect of Life

In the 4.0 Industrial Revolution era, engineers are increasingly needed various fields. In the future, humans that work mundane jobs will be replaced by machines. Therefore, the role of engineers is very important in the current 4.0 industrial revolution era. Floods in Indonesia are becoming more severe each year. This should not happen with the number of engineers in Indonesia. However, Indonesian engineers often have different opinions and prefer to work individually.

This notion was conveyed by Rector of UMY Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P, IPM. in the Professional Engineer Oath-Taking Ceremony and Engineering Public Lecture on Monday (1/6) in AR Fachrudin A Meeting Room of the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) Central Campus. In his experience, the condition of engineers in Indonesia is similar to the handling of patients in Turkey. “Patients in Turkish Hospitals are treated by many doctors who work together to save patients quickly. In Indonesia, patients are often handled by one specialist doctor, similar to what happens in the world of Indonesian engineers. This makes the problems in Indonesia, especially floods, more difficult to resolve. Engineers must often meet in discussion forums to solve problems that occur in Indonesia,” he explained.

The same notion was also conveyed by the Secretary of the Engineering Expert Team of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education Ir. Rudy Purwondho, MSc., MBA., IPM., ASEAN Eng. He stated that Indonesian needs 155 thousand new engineers per year, while the number of new engineering graduates in Indonesia is only 80 thousand per year. “These numbers show the lack of engineers in Indonesia, which makes it difficult to overcome various problems. This is a great opportunity for UMY who graduated 18 students on this occasion. Hopefully, in the future, more and more engineering profession students of UMY can contribute to the human resources needs in Indonesia,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Region V Academic, Student, and Resources of the Higher Education Service Office , Tunggul Priyono SH., M.HUM. stated that UMY students have been given adequate resources. “The concept of Excellent and Islamic is what makes humans whole. In this aspect, UMY has also prepared their students with the 6C Principles, namely critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creative, character, and citizen. This shows that UMY are ready to prepare excellent human resources that cannot be replaced by machines in the future,” he stated. (ads)

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