The relevance of research. The development of information technologies has led to a radical pace of transformation of the technological and, as a result, the socio-economic infrastructure of modern society. In these conditions, the question of a model of higher engineering education becomes especially relevant, which makes it possible to respond to new challenges associated with unpredictability in the field of employment, the formation of new information habits, and the environmental crisis. The modern professional must possess a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities, including, but not limited to, competencies of an ethical and aesthetic nature. Purpose of the study. Revealing the role of the humanitarian component, and, first of all, the philosophy course, in the professional education of students in technical areas of training. Results and discussion. It is demonstrated that a modern philosophy course should be focused not so much on the assimilation of knowledge, but on the development of the student’s personality. A three-part model of the course content is proposed, implying the traditional level of knowledge of historical and philosophical material, the level of development of skills and competencies of critical thinking, argumentation and discussion, as well as the level of skills of personal development and self-care. For the content saturation of the third level, it is proposed to turn to modern philosophical and aesthetic concepts and practices, such as the somaesthetics of R. Shusterman and the everyday aesthetics of Yu. Saito. As a result, the growing importance of humanitarian disciplines in education for non-humanitarian specialties has been explicated. Keywords: information society, philosophy of education, digital transformation, engineering education, philosophy at a technical university, somaesthetics, ethical and aesthetic values.