SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING: LEADERS FOR
COMMAND AND CRITICAL
The School of Engineering opened in September 1967 and subsequently
became a leading school in the field in Brazil. The syllabus seeks to train
professionals with humanistic and critical profiles who are capable of examining
the influence of their actions and decisions in society. Sound technical
education in engineering is combined with the development of skills
such as critical interpretation and
analysis; initiative in the search for The structures of the school's courses were decided only after meticulous surveys
and extensive assessment of local and regional scenarios, particularly in relation to the
market, challenges facing Brazilian society, and the constant technological and social
change of today's world.
The effort has included partnerships with organizations and associations and the
best professionals in the field, plus alumni in leading positions in major corporations.
As a result, the school was able to tap numerous opportunities for enhancing engineering
education and thus introduce significant changes in the curriculum in order to produce
excellent professionals for a demanding market.
Engineering graduates acquire the right profile for constant technological innovation
in the contemporary world. Professionals hone their ability to work with other people
and are prepared to lead and coordinate teams, take initiatives in decision-making,
and master the latest computer programs in their area of practice. As a differential,
courses stimulate humanistic development in order to foster awareness of the importance
of continuing education and a commitment to ethics and citizenship in terms of
the social, political, and environmental responsibility involved in the role of the professional
To reach their objectives, engineering courses include disciplines such as communication
and self-expression; topics from the humanities; scientific methodology; environmental
sciences; and creativity. Themes such as ethics, law, and legislation complement
and reinforce their educational background.
Training for engineers also emphasizes student involvement in supervised trainee
experience with companies, which is directly appraised by the School's trainee coordination
section to ensure close relations between knowledge taught and its applicability
in these organizations.
The Civil Engineering course graduates students capable of directing their own professional
career in the sense of constant updating from the perspective of continuing
education. Highlights are the use of software applications as supporting tools for
practical classes in the core disciplines; disciplines providing support when compiling
technical and scientific reports or studies; and the introduction of disciplines in
the fields of financial management, administrative management, construction management,
and building techniques. As well as maintaining the historical profile of
a professional with knowledge predominantly of structural engineering, the course
furnishes the skills needed to critically analyze systems and organizations; with preparation for project or enterprise management; and creativity to tackle new situations
and growing challenges.
The Electrical Engineering course (with emphasis in Electronics) is anchored to an
analysis of economic activity in the sector, current and future investments, and needs
and potentialities of the different segments of the market. In the Brazilian electricity
sector, three major areas concentrate investments and the demand for highly competent
professionals: automation, energy, and telecommunications. In this respect, the course
seeks to work with the specifications of the profile of excellence for engineers trained
by FAAP. Another aim is to train them to show an entrepreneurial approach to project
management, deployment, and integration in these three key fields.
The Mechanical Engineering syllabus concentrates on the requirements of the current
market and particularly the future need for professionals able to accompany and
develop innovation processes in the business environment. The course emphasizes fundamental
production engineering concepts, optimizes classroom hours in these disciplines,
increases involvement in management issues, and reduces the number of class
hours in the final year so that students can also be involved in guided internship activities.
Their Business Administration training enables mechanical engineers graduated
by FAAP to assume management tasks and work in different areas ranging from quality
assurance to the financial market.
The school has latest generation equipment and laboratories for practical classes in
all courses. For the last sixteen years, it has published its review Engenharia [Engineering],
with technical articles, discussion of issues in the field, presentation of projects, debates,
essays, and news of trends and experimental work.