Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part I - Vocational Level - Skilled Workers


Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part I - Vocational Level - Skilled Workers

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

The Curricula focuses on three levels:

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

Part I – Vocational Level – Skilled Workers

The contents of a 'Mechatronic Study' with a degree of a Skilled Technical Worker can be defined clearly:

1. Basic knowledge in

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

to understand, to assemble and to operate Mechatronic products, and to measure and 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 technical problems.

2. Advanced knowledge in

  • Automation/Control systems
  • Computer Studies [PLC-Technologies]
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Maintenance & Service

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

The goal of this curricula is Competency Based Training, i.e. combine theory with adequate practical sequences, either at the vocational education institute or if feasible at a company. It is very important that the contents of the different Modules [learning fields] are transferred in a way that they lead to a professional capacity and acting competence. Contents of mathematics, natural science and foreign languages [English] and aspects of economy, ecology and industrial safety must be imparted as an integral part.

The curriculum proceeds from the following objectives: Students

  • apply technical rules and directions concerning jobs at Mechatronic systems.
  • carry out basic calculations considering technical and operational quantitiesand apply for this purpose tables and formulas.
  • consider ergonomic, economic, ecologic and social aspects while organizing and carrying out the job.
  • minimize negative outcomes of the working process on the environment by applying suitable materials, by responsible actions and by regarding instructions of pollution control.
  • secure the undisturbed operation of facilities and systems by meeting maintenance instructions; their quality awareness enable them to follow quality standards and to find cost efficient solutions.
  • develop well-founded procedures for error detection and the elimination of disturbances and derive conclusions from error diagnoses for the error elimination.
  • use computers as working tool.
  • understand descriptions, manuals and other information typical for the profession in English and prepare them for the customer in a understandable manner.

The study comprises 2.5 years with an additional 0.5 year project work. One year is divided in 2 semesters with 18 – 20 weeks each. Lectures and laboratory works are provided 5 days a week with 6 – 8 h per day; approximately 85 – 90% are Mechatronic subjects the rest of 10 – 15% are general subjects like languages, social projects, sports, etc.

42 pages.