Key Skills for Sustainable Innovation in Manufacturing Revealed in Dassault Systèmes Study

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dassault Systems (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA) revealed today key skills to accelerate the transformation of the manufacturing sector to create lasting experiences. Design for sustainability, mechatronics, additive manufacturing, data science and model-based systems engineering are among the key and emerging areas providing opportunities for industry and academia to prepare the workforce- of tomorrow to new and evolving jobs in the sector.

The results come from an analysis of social media activity commissioned by 3DEXPERIENCE Edu from Dassault Systèmes. The aim was to provide insights into how manufacturing skills are discussed and empower its ecosystem to bridge the skills gap in a sector that accounts for 41% of global GDP and whose transformation presents a major opportunity for minimize environmental impacts and create more sustainable systems. For 40 years, Dassault Systèmes has been the catalyst and enabler of unprecedented industrial innovation, connecting and enhancing the efforts of industry and academia to collaboratively nurture the continuous learning environments needed to deliver innovations that improve the quality of life of consumers, citizens and patients.

Findings from the analysis of the manufacturing discussions include:

  • Designing for sustainability is now part of the everyday conversation from consumers to businesses, academic institutions trying to become leaders in this space by offering short programs and informative conferences.
  • Mechatronics has the most active community on social media with more emotion and engagement than all other skills combined, revealing how technical topics can be highlighted primarily through videos or other engaging formats to appeal to younger audiences.
  • Additive manufacturing accounted for 55,100 discussions with over 278,000 engagements in English, dominated by companies and universities around academic publications, innovative new methods of use, ongoing projects and corporate promotional material.
  • Data science is mostly discussed at a high level focused on industry certifications or open positions offered to data scientists. Few universities and companies talk about this skill on social networks, although it is essential for their future activity.
  • Few actors or communities are committed to the theme of Model-based system engineering, reveal opportunities to increase conversations and awareness of a discipline so crucial to the future of many industries.

“We launched this study to gain insight into the discussions taking place on social networks across a diverse horizon of stakeholders: students, teachers, companies, experts and others. With this information, we can federate our ecosystem to help prepare students and the workforce to work effectively, collaboratively and productively to solve key sustainability challenges,” said Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing & Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes.

Beyond this analysis, Dassault Systèmes is working to develop the skills needed to transform product development into the development of sustainable experiences within its ecosystem of schools, training organizations and customers through multiple channels such as ‘a skills e-book series and an online academic community where experts share best practices.

These channels also include the 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Centers of Excellence global program, which accelerates experiential lifelong learning by providing businesses and governments with a network of centers to develop the 3DEXPERIENCE platform expertise needed to digitally transform the industry. The program now has 11 members, most recently: Instituto Maua de Tecnologia, a private non-profit technical university in Brazil; Industreet, a technical high school in France to train young people leaving the school system in the field of the industry of the future; ZHAW, a university of applied sciences in Switzerland; and the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany.

“We provide our learners with multiple opportunities to examine the broad context of engineering. The design imperative for sustainability is central in such a context,” said Michael Hoffmann, Head of Product Development and Manufacturing Laboratory, Trier University of Applied Sciences. “Minimizing material and energy consumption, enabling the use of biomaterials and optimizing the life cycle with a virtual twin are some of the methods we promote and the 3DEXPERIENCE offers countless opportunities to develop the required skills, for our students and for our industrial partners.”



About the analysis: From April 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022, Bloom analyzed social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok in English, French and German around the themes of disciplines and skills of manufacturing. The analysis used semantic and social interference techniques covering data from nearly half a million posts and comments, 54 million engagement-related likes, shares and comments, and 37 million likes. actors.

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