Mechatronics at Colleges in South Africa

Mechatronic Engineering, combining Mechanical, Electronic and Information Technologies, is taking off at FET Colleges in South Africa

Mechatronic Engineering is a new, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the high-tech machinery found in modern manufacturing and processing factories. It combines Mechanical, Electronic and Information Technologies.

Mechatronic technicians have a broad array of skills that are in high demand in many companies. Mechatronic artisans, technicians and engineers are identified as scarce skills in South Africa by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related SETA.

Mechatronics has been introduced in the new National Curriculum for Vocation (NCV) at NQF levels 2, 3 and 4, and is experiencing growing demand at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges throughout South Africa by both students and employers. The colleges are responding to the demand for practical, relevant skills by investing in hands-on industrial training equipment.  

The equipment needs to meet the learning outcomes for the Integrated Summative Assessment Tasks (ISAT), and to prepare the students for employment in technologically advanced industries.

Festo is a global leader in industrial automation. Festo Didactic is the training division of Festo and is a worldwide leader in Mechatronics education. Festo Didactic supplies cutting-edge equipment for the technologies within Mechatronics, such as Pneumatics, Sensors and Programmable Logic Controllers, in the form of learning-by-doing training boards and “mini-factories”, simulating the production machinery found in real workplaces.

The fascinating learning systems from Festo Didactic have entered the classrooms at the following FET Colleges in South Africa in the last few years:

  • Buffalo City College, East London
  • Capricorn College, Polokwane
  • Sedibeng College, Vereeniging
  • PE College, Port Elizabeth
  • False Bay College, Cape Town

Get in touch with us to find out how these systems can enhance your ability to teach technology, increase your relevance to industry, and why you should be employing students that have been gaining hands-on experience on such high-tech learning systems.

Festo and Mechatronics – making technology work!


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