GENERIC SKILLS ASSESSMENT IN THE INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY OF ALMERIA

The employability refers to the employment opportunities that a person has attending to their personal skills and to a specific work context. The characteristics of the current labor market require both active and potential workers (understood as current university students), not only a high level of professional training,but also requires great adaptability in a work environment that changes very quickly. Therefore, skills are as important as the knowledge acquired during their university education. The Degree in Industrial Electronic Engineering (2010) at University of Almeria (UAL) has the particularity of the double degree possibility. On the one hand that of Degree in Industrial Electronic Engineering by the UAL and the “Laurea” in “Ingegneriadell'AutomazioneIndustriale” by the University of Brescia (Italy). This double-degree allows students to obtain both grades in 5 years. The main labor market sectors related to the profession of the degree under analysis are: Automation of industrial processes, electrical, electronic, renewable energy, construction, automotive, chemical, gas, mechanical industry, university and pre-university education, machinery, and public administration. All undergraduate degrees from the University of Almeria should contemplate explicitly, three types of skills: 1st The generic skills included in Royal Decree 1393/2007, establishing the planning of official university studies; 2nd Generic skills of the University of Almeria; 3rd The specific skills of each degree, in this case the grade of Electrical Engineer. In this paper, generic skills of the UAL (UAL1 to UAL10) are analyzed in 42 subjects comprising the aforementioned grade: UAL1- Basic knowledge of profession, UAL2- Using Information and Communication Techniques (ICTs), UAL3- Capacity to solve problems successfully, UAL4- Writing and oral expressing with clarity in Spanish language, UAL5- Development of a sense of criticism and self-criticism, UAL6- Ability to work in a group, UAL7- Learning a foreigner language, UAL8- Commitment to Ethical Business, UAL9- Capacity to design, manage and undertake a task by oneself, and UAL10- SocialResponsibility of Business. This work highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the transversal skills of the degree in relation to the labor market; and can serve as a reflection document for future accreditation of the degree.