Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part II - Technician Studies


Curricula for Mechatronics - From Vocational to Higher Education. Part II - Technician Studies

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 II - Technician Studies

The contents of a 'Mechatronic Study' with a degree of a Skilled Technician 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 present curriculum for the Technician Education refers as much as possible to the German system at ‘Technician Schools’. Preliminary the students will spend most of their education period at the vocational school. Only in exceptional cases a project work or a comparable technical training at a company will be feasible. Thus 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 quantities and apply for this purpose formulas, equations, graphic procedures and tables.
  • 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 developing and 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 and develop software for control tasks.
  • write and understand descriptions, manuals and other information typical for the profession in English and prepare them for the customer in a understandable manner.

The arrangements of hours and credits from semester 1 up to semester 4. The last semester [semester 4] serves partly [3 months] as a practice oriented term. If there are not enough places in relevant companies available then project work is carried out in the laboratories at the Technician School. An industrial placement is of advantage either for the students and the companies, too. It gives both parties the opportunity to get known each other and thus to find suited jobs or to recruit quailfied Mechatronic working forces.

The contents of the curriculum is structured of different Modules according to the German system.

40 pages.