Non-Technical Skill Level of Electrical Engineering Undergraduates Using the Rasch Measurement Model

1Aini Najwa Azmi, Yusri Kamin, Muhammad Khair Noordin, and Ahmad Nabil Md. Nasir

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Abstract:

Currently, employers seek employees, especially fresh graduates, to have good non-technical skills. They complain that the engineering students lack in non-technical skills but good in technical skills. Thus, it is the responsibility of the university to equip students with enough non-technical skills before entering a competitive workplace. Industrial training provides an opportunity for students to develop their non-technical skills. This study determines the non-technical skills level of electrical engineering undergraduates using the Rasch Measurement Model (RMM). The questionnaire was distributed to 326 electrical engineering undergraduates who had undergone their industrial training from seven public universities in Malaysia after the questionnaire has passed the reliability and reliability tests. The finding shows that the level of overall non-technical skills after industrial training is at Moderately Low. When the non-technical skills are looked as individual skills, the findings show that communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and teamwork skills are at Moderately Low and Low levels, respectively. However, other skills like entrepreneur skills, engineering ethics, lifelong learning and computing skills are at Very High Level. To make sure the students can develop those Moderately Low and Lowlevel skills, the issues in the industrial training involving placement, training duration, type of training/task given, and assessment should be reduced to make sure students can gain the most valuable training which benefits all the parties who are industries, universities, and students.

Keywords:

Non-Technical Skills, Industrial Training, Engineering, Rasch Measurement Model (RMM).

Paper Details
Month4
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 5
Pages5388-5403