The Swiss University of Applied Sciences Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HE-Arc) is using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop and refine its students’ engineering skills before they enter the workforce. Switzerland hosts a number of multinationals that rely on local talent to fill highly skilled engineering jobs. HE-Arc Ingénierie, which traces its origins back to the creation of watchmaking schools 150 years ago, was looking for a more interactive, collaborative, multidisciplinary solution for its students that could be aligned with companies’ engineering processes and tools. More than 500 HE-Arc students and professors are using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to collaborate on some 2,000 projects each year.
HE-Arc is also actively participating in Dassault Systèmes’ “Peer Learning EXPERIENCE,” a collaborative teaching initiative that gathers professors from universities around the globe to brainstorm the digital transformation of engineering education with new methodologies and courses. Three HE-Arc professors will contribute to this community by focusing on new learning experiences in mechanical engineering and realistic simulation using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. “We collaborate closely with multinational companies that have specific needs in industrial design engineering, information and communication technologies, micro engineering, and industrial process engineering,” said Raphael Montavon, professor and responsible for IT tools at HE-Arc. “We selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for its proven capabilities in mechanical design, manufacturing, and industrial process simulation that will prepare our students for future opportunities with these potential employers.”
COE member Nathan Shipley, assistant director of the CAD/CAM Laboratory at Wichita State University, said that it takes approximately two years of working and receiving on-the-job training for a recent graduate and new hire to learn the necessary skills to be productive on his or her own at work. Shipley said that when education incorporates real-world and on-the-job learning opportunities, students “use real software to solve real engineering problems.” This ultimately leads to employees who are stronger at their jobs from the first day and a more talented workforce.
Dassault Systèmes agrees. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables HE-Arc to help students master the latest technologies and methods used by industry,” said Philippe Forestier, executive vice president for global affairs and communities at Dassault Systèmes. “HE-Arc is one of the 40,000 schools worldwide that use our virtual applications and is a valued member of the Peer Learning EXPERIENCE ecosystem. By collaborating with HE-Arc and others, we can digitally transform education and develop the 21st century global skill set.”