Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part III - Bachelor Studies / Teacher Training for vocational schools

 

Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part III - Bachelor Studies / Teacher Training for vocational schools

Author: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Steinbrunn
University of Applied Sciences
Kempten, Germany

The Curricula focuses on three levels:

  • Part I - Vocational Level - Skilled Workers
  • Part II - Technician Studies
  • Part III - Bachelor Studies / Teacher Training for vocational schools

Part III - Bachelor Studies / Teacher Training for vocational schools

The contents of a ”Mechatronic Study” with a Bachelor degree which is the obligatory prerequisite of becoming a teacher at vocational schools can be defined clearly:

1. Basic knowledge in

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
  • Electrical Engineering/Electronics
  • Material Technology

to understand, to describe and to design Mechatronic products, and to calculate, to measure and to influence their performances. Important is also a basic knowledge in computer engineering, i.e. to programming with a high-level language and to handle computers as a very useful tool solving engineering problems.

2. Advanced knowledge in

  • Computer Science, i.e. advanced programming [object oriented programming, software engineering]
  • Automation/Control systems
  • Maintenance & Service
  • Computer Studies [PLC-technologies, Microcomputers]
  • Mechatronic Systems [processes, sensors, actuators, applications]
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Maintenance & Service
  • Production management [project handling, costs]

to analyze and to evaluate given Mechatronic products in order to develop, to manufacture, to maintain and repair devices and facilities in a high quality and cost efficient way.

The study altogether comprises 3.5 years, which are split up into 7 semester. One semester – the 6th semester – is preferable a placement [industrial] semester, where students work and train at relevant companies. Semester 7 is for lectures, for carrying out the final project [project work] and for taking examinations. In general, students enter the 1st semester in an age of approximately 17 – 18 years after passing an admission test and they will finish their higher education in an age of 21 – 22 years with the academic degree 'Bachelor of Mechatronics'.

38 pages.