“Engineers do not need to be hands-on, they work at supervisory levels” is soon turning out to be a myth, especially with the manufacturing and production industries. When companies from Automotive/Manufacturing are going to engineering college campuses for placements, they are increasingly looking at engineers who are hands-on.
For example, many of these companies are now asking for familiarity with welding processes and quality issues, when hiring from the mechanical / production / automotive / industrial streams. With quality becoming an important differentiation for companies vying for the global market, the engineers recruited to be in charge of manufacturing shop floors are expected to identify not just the defects, but also understand the root cause and then recommend/demonstrate a solution.
Though most engineering colleges have a mechanical workshop/lab course on welding, the syllabus is so outrageously outdated that no industry worth its name finds the knowledge useful. It is in such scenarios that welding simulators like skillveri AURA can be extremely useful to bridge the gap between syllabus and what industry wants.
Some of the reputed engineering colleges have already started reaping the benefits during the placement season.