The BBVET Mechatronics training has the duration of 10 months and the students will study in three to four countries in the South Baltic region.
Each module is 10 weeks and in total the program offers 4 international exchange modules with professional trainers in a cross-border team. The first module is an introduction to the program with training in group dynamics, teamwork and identification of the student’s individual goals.
The students which pass the BBVET education programme are able to work in the following fields:
● mechanical and plant engineering,
● automation technology,
● the fields of vehicle, aircraft or spacecraft,
● information and communication or medical technology.
Program dates: 15th of January - 19th of December 2018 (40 weeks). Submission of applications is open now.
Hässleholm-Sweden, Plunge-Lithuania, Nykøbing-Denmark and Rostock-Germany.
Free of charge with subsistence, insurance and accommodation costs covered outside your own country
For more details about learning outcomes and classes, please download the PLANNING TRAINING FOR MECHATRONIC STUDENTS
Students for the BBVET Mechatronics program are recommended to have experience from the following areas (Cf. ibid):
General skill reqirements:
● Dexterity and eye-hand coordination (for example, when mounting circuit breakers, replacing wearing parts),
● Care (for example, when analysing and correcting malfunctions),
● Technical understanding and craftsmanship (for example when assembling machines from mechanical and electronic parts),
● Flexibility (e.g. adapting to changing working environments and conditions for mounting inserts).
Relevant school subjects:
● Mathematics (for example for the collection and evaluation of measured values),
● Computer science (for example, dealing with hard and software components, in configuration work),
● Technical work/ technology (for example, for installing mechatronic systems, technical drawing).
The range of occupations accessible to the holder of the certificate of the programme is quite wide. Mechatronics experts work in the assembly and maintenance of complex machinery, plants and systems in the plant engineering and mechanical engineering sectors or for organisations which purchase and operate such mechatronic systems. Under the provisions of the Prevention of Accidents Regulations, mechatronics experts are deemed to be skilled electrical and electronic engineering workers.
1st period Sweden
The aim of the course is that the student should learn to program PLC-systems and also develop the capacity to understand and analyse how a PLC-system works with peripheral applications. The student should also, based on basic drawings in the form of electric diagrams and description of functions, learn to connect industrial electrical components, motors and operating systems to a functional unit and also carry out the assigned tasks in a correct way in line with safety and regulations.
2nd period Lithuania
The course aims at the student’s learning about technical maintenance and repair works of mechanical systems, technological processes of technical maintenance and repair, performing electronic diagnostic and breakdown services, troubleshooting, localization of errors and rectification of malfunctions.
3rd period Denmark
The student can perform preventive maintenance on pneumatic and electric-pneumatic plants in operation.
4th period Germany
The apprentices possess a profound knowledge of the effects of electrical energy in manageable technical processes. They know the basic circuits concerning electrical engineering, present them and analyse their mode of action. They apply their knowledge to the selection of the electrical equipment. For this purpose, they perform mathematical operations and use spreadsheets and formulas to solve practically specific tasks. They know the hazards of the usage of electrical energy, for both humans and technology. They know the protective measures to secure man and technical facilities and apply the known regulations. They choose and utilize the required test equipment and needed measuring devices. They extract information from work documents and integrate changes if necessary.
The BBVET team offers a high quality of international trainers that will provide you with excellent tools for growing both on a personal level and in developing Mechatronics solutions. As the program is based on experiential learning, you can expect them to be experts in their field with a coaching approach rather than traditional teachers. Meet some of them here.
Due to the interdisciplinary training and the ever-increasing demand from the business sector, the job opportunities in mechatronics are excellent. As an example, only a few sectors are mentioned which, by virtue of their economic power, make up a large part of the workplace: the automotive industry with a broad network of supplier industries, drive, automation and conveyor technology as well as machine tool construction.
Even better are the prospects for the future in robotics, medical, energy and environmental technology, which are in a permanent upward development, which cannot be realized without mechatronics.
The choice of company is from the large corporation, small and medium-sized enterprises to small, very efficient and agile engineering firms.
Through system-oriented vocational education and training, the fields of employment range from research and development, through trials and quality assurance to sales.
Despite the already very high demand in the field of mechatronics, a further increase is expected in the medium- and long-term as many classic products have to be upgraded for the future through the use of electronics and information processing (Cf. University of Magdeburg 2017).
Mechatronics engineers are using mechanical, electrical and electronic components to build complex mechatronic systems, e.g. robots for industrial production. They manufacture the individual components and assemble them into systems or installations. The developed systems are put into operation, are programmed or additional software will be installed.
They comply with diagrams and design drawings, and carefully inspect the systems before handing them over to their customers. In addition, they maintain and repair mechatronic systems (Cf. Bundesagentur für Arbeit 2017, 1).
References: Employment and Training Administration – United States Department of Labor (2017): Mechatronics Competency Model. Federal Employment Agency Germany (2017): Mechatroniker/in.
University of Magdeburg (2017): Welche Berufschancen werden geboten?