Fluor Partner Profile: Connecting the Classroom with the Real World
There is a growing need for a better-educated and highly-skilled workforce, yet there is often disconnect between graduating students’ skills and the jobs available. In an effort to better connect the classroom and the real world, Fluor’s Cebu, Philippines office, University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) in Cebu, Philippines, and Intergraph Smart® 3D software developer Hexagon (formerly Intergraph) partnered to smoothly bridge classroom learning and the competencies needed in the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction industry.
Smart 3D is a next-generation 3D-design software, which combines solutions for the process, offshore, shipbuilding and metals and mining industries. Fluor acquired licenses for the university to begin teaching the software in 2013. Fluor employees participated in faculty immersion sessions, which taught university instructors the application so they could transfer the skill to their students.
Fluor and its partners invested over $2 million to make this program a reality. This included providing USJR with state-of-the-art computers and Smart 3D software, refurbishing its computer lab and developing the software elective course.
“This elective is the first of its kind in our country and has served as a template for our other university programs,” said German Camigla, Fluor Philippines executive sponsor for Community Affairs. “This is now self-sustained, and we believe it’s an excellent endeavor, because not only are we arming the students with the right technical knowledge, but we are also giving them the edge in the marketplace when they graduate.”
After taking the course, students can confidently enter into the workforce knowing they have the skills needed to gain sustainable employment. To date, more than 500 students have completed the elective. Seventeen of those students have been hired by Fluor, with other graduates able to use their skills in their chosen employment.
The program will run through 2019. Fluor continues to invest in programs and initiatives that support higher education and help develop a skilled workforce.