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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Mechatronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79627  National Certificate: Mechatronics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  141  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
22773  National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  123   

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
102004  Occupational Certificate: Mechatronics Technician  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  923   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a mechatronics environment. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who needs mainly to be able to perform a range of activities and thereby meet the challenges within a specific mechatronics environment at this level. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector as described in the Core component of the qualification.

At this level, learners get involved with complex systems that are typically used in a modern manufacturing plant that makes use of robotics for large scale manufacturing production. Working with complex systems involves measurement, control and correction of a manufacturing system.

It must also be noted that while computers had been used to control motion and other aspects of mechatronics, the developments in technology have necessitated the use of the term "industrial computer control systems" to indicate currently available mechatronics hardware.

The main competencies in this qualification are:
  • Using communication skills.
  • Applying engineering mathematics in the measurement, control and instrumentation environment.
  • Installing, testing and maintaining a complex integrated automated system.
  • Designing and applying modifications to existing process control systems.
  • Designing a computer programme according to given specifications.
  • Demonstrating and applying an understanding of sensing.
  • Demonstrating and applying an understanding of final control or correction elements.
  • Discussing and applying industrial networks in a mechatronics environment.
  • Optimising manufacturing processes.
  • Optimising a quality assurance system.
  • Conducting on the job training.
  • Applying efficient time management.
  • Facilitating the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety, Health and Environment management system.

    The learner will acquire high level mechatronics competencies through this Qualification. While there are some management competencies in the Core component of the Qualification, the Elective component contains several NQF Level 5 generic management standards to prepare the learner to operate as a manager within his/her area of responsibility within the industry. These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse mechatronics sector.

    The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the mechatronics field of learning and provide access to a higher Qualification within the same or a related sector. The Qualification will facilitate access to, and mobility within, education and training for learners who wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge and hence their competencies in the mechatronics environment.

    The Qualification also hopes to release the potential of people and to provide opportunities for people to explore related activities within the mechatronics sector.

    Rationale:

    This is the fourth and final Qualification in a series of four mechatronics qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to 5. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic or simple competencies in mechatronics at NQF Level 2 to high level mechatronics competencies at NQF Level 5.

    Typical learners will be persons who have completed the Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechatronics at NQF Level 4, who presumably will be currently working in the mechatronics environment and who wish to further their career in mechatronics.

    The mechatronics industry is characterised by technologically sophisticated automation processes using Computerised Integrated Manufacturing systems (CIM) that integrate the fields of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering and control, and information technology. The field of mechatronics deals with the installation, maintenance and commissioning of such CIM systems (industrial computer control systems) that must conform to all safety aspects as per regulations and legislation. People working in the mechatronics field require specialised technical skills and knowledge as well as highly developed hand skills to enable them to install, maintain and commission mechatronics and related systems and control processes.

    In addition to being able to operate systems, the learner should be able to understand and apply industrial networks, sensing devices, as well as final or correction control elements in a mechatronics context. This will enable the qualifying person to operate in an automated industrial manufacturing or production setting.

    In the South African context - in line with global trends-there is a growing need for technical workers from the lowest elementary levels of mechanised manufacturing to the highest level of sophisticated specialised work in robotics. Motor manufacturers and other mechanised mass manufacturers are increasingly reliant on employees that are competent in the integrated fields that make up the field of mechatronics.

    The fact that global players in the motor industry are increasingly using South Africa as a manufacturing base for export purposes is indicative of the continued growth outlook in the long-term.

    This series will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises.

    The highly developed mechatronics sector is well-established. In terms of transformation in the country, learners will require skills and competencies to gain access to positions within management structures by completing this and other qualifications and training. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that those who operate in the mechatronics environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.

    This National Qualification and its related Unit Standards were developed to standardise the accreditation of learning programmes, resulting in improved quality management in terms of programme delivery.

    The National Certificate: Mechatronics, NQF Level 5 supports the objectives of the NQF in that it gives the learner access to a registered Qualification. It will ensure that the quality of education and training in the sub-field is enhanced and of a world-class standard. The Qualification will allow learners not only to develop their knowledge and skills in the Mechatronics sector but will also enable them to benchmark their competencies against international standards. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 and have acquired basic knowledge of Mechatronics at NQF Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of recognition of prior learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and summative assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to recognition of prior learning.

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the mechatronics sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that a Recognition of Prior Learning process be available to recognise existing competencies and skills, and to help standardise these competencies and skills towards a common standard.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this Qualification is open to learners in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification. It is preferable that learners first complete the Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechatronics before access this qualification. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum 141 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:
  • The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 15 credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 116 credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards that will impart a variety of competencies to the learner. Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 10 credits to obtain a minimum of 141 credits for this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Install, test and maintain a complex computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) system or industrial computer control system.

    2. Discuss and apply knowledge of industrial networks, sensing and final control or correction elements in a mechatronics environment.

    3. Apply management competencies in the mechatronics environment.

    4. Conduct on-the-job training and coaching of employees.

    5. Design a computer programme according to given specifications within the mechatronics environment.
    Range:
  • Programmes will be designed for measurement and control of industrial systems.

    6. Design and apply modifications to existing process control systems.

    7. Discuss and apply the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety, Health and Environment management system in the mechatronics field.

    8. Optimise manufacturing and production processes and quality assurance processes.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    All the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes can be addressed by this qualification. Some ways in which this can be done are:
  • Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
    > Recognising situations that require corrective action.
    > Prioritising tasks and translating strategy into action.
    > Making decisions in relation to the current systems development environments.
    > Using context to decode and make meaning individually and in groups in oral, reading and written activities.
    > Engaging with a variety of engineering calculations related to the Measurement, Control and Instrumentation environment.
    > Considering the modification implications identified and addressed in design.
    > Implementing a SHEQ management system based on a health and safety risk assessment programme.
    > Taking corrective action after conducting an internal audit.
    > Differentiating between the various types of industrial networks.
    > Applying final control or correction elements.
    > Distinguishing between various types of sensors and their applications.
    > Identifying the root cause/s of the problem.
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
    > Contribute to workgroup efforts to maintain cleanliness, safety and quality.
    > Contribute to working in groups to determine a solution to an identified problem.
    > Identify the need for coaching, complete the coaching session through discussions with the person to be coached, provide honest feedback and monitor the ongoing progress.
    > Use interactive speech in activities, discussion and research projects.
    > Working under supervision and coordination of project activities and resources.
    > Take an active part in implementing a SHEQ management system to ensure the requirements and needs of the represented people are addressed.
    > Plan, prepare and conduct an internal audit.
    > Solve the problem and generate and implement improvement options or solutions.
    > Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the improvement plan.
  • Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
    > Applying correct procedures for using, storing and caring for test equipment, tools, maintenance, quality and CIM systems (industrial computer control systems).
    > Managing time.
    > Using language appropriately.
    > Planning, preparing and conducting an internal audit and evaluating and reporting findings.
    > Ensuring that an auditor implements corrective actions.
    > Setting-up networks and performing data exchange.
    > Integrating an industrial network.
    > Designing and implementing a HMI.
    > Performing calculations, calibrations and preventative maintenance.
    > Applying, testing and maintaining final control or correction elements final control or correction elements.
    > Preparing preventative maintenance and costing schedules.
    > Integrating sensors into a control system and matching sensors and their applications.
    > Collecting and analysing data and identify opportunities for improvement.
    > Identifying the root cause of the problem, solving the problem and generating and implementing improvement options.
    > Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the improvement plan.
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
    > Translate strategic intent into daily action.
    > Develop language capability across language applications and fields of study.
    > Contribute to decision-making when implementing a SHEQ management system.
    > Ensure effective implementation of corrective action by auditee.
    > Differentiate between the various types of industrial networks.
    > Perform calculations, adjustments and calibrations.
    > Integrate sensors into a control system.
    > Identify the root cause of the problem and generate improvement options.
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
    > Use common names for system components and for test equipment.
    > Complete the necessary fault reports and material requisition forms.
    > Discuss the organisation`s strategy with the staff with regard to tasks delegated and deadlines expected.
    > Report on project milestones and interpreting modification requirements.
    > Conduct audits.
    > Prepare audit reports and report findings to auditors and clients.
    > Set-up and integrate networks.
    > Perform calculations and calibrations.
    > Integrate sensors into a control system.
    > Implement solutions or options to achieve improvement.
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
    > Using tools and equipment according to manufacturer's specifications.
    > Adhering to manufacturer's specifications.
    > Using final control or correction elements according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
    > Relating the installation and maintenance of CIM systems (industrial computer control systems) to production and quality.
    > Engaging with the fact that lack of time management in one area of the organisation will impact on the performance of others in the organisation.
    > Understanding the impact of implementing a SHEQ management system on the overall objectives of the working place.
    > Integrating an industrial network system.
    > Integrating final control or correction elements into the system.
    > Identifying areas for improvement to optimise every aspect of the entire manufacturing process.
  • Contribute to the learner's full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large by being aware of the importance of:
    > Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively, exploring education and career opportunities and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.
    > Engaging with texts that stimulate awareness and development of life skills and the learning process in general and in the workplace. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • CIM system installation diagrams are read and interpreted as per procedure.
  • CIM sub-systems are identified, selected, installed and integrated according to standard operating procedures.
  • Complex systems are programmed and maintained as per procedure.
  • Information from the CIM system is tested, measured and recorded.
  • Work is performed safely with due care for self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and environment.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The concept of industrial networks is discussed and a variety of industrial networks is described in terms of their principles of operation, protocols and operational system interface (OSI).
  • Human-machine interface (HMI) systems are explained, applied and designed in terms of their architecture and communication infrastructure.
  • Final control or correction elements and sensors are described in term of their components and principles of operation.
  • Final control or correction elements and sensors are applied, tested and maintained in their respective systems.
  • Perform a range of calculations to ensure correct application of final control or correction elements and sensors.
    Range: Orifice, mass-flow, polynomial, valve-sizing calculations.
  • Safety is discussed as it pertains to industrial networks, sensing and final control or correction elements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Time management profiles are analysed to determine weaknesses, top time wasters and external forces that affect time utilisation so as to assist in the development of work plans.
  • Time efficient work plans to carry out department or division or section work functions are drawn-up and implemented to ensure cost-effectiveness and optimum utilisation of human resources.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and clients in writing and orally using sector terminology and appropriate communication mean and media.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • The basic principles of training are described in terms of evaluating a learner, providing feedback and counselling the learner on future assessments.
  • The need for coaching is identified, the coaching session is conducted and feedback is provided to the learner.
  • Monitoring of learner is conducted on an ongoing basis and possible problems that may occur in relation to coaching are identified and potential solutions are proposed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The fundamental principles of procedural programming design techniques are applied to a given situation.
  • The features of a procedural computer programme are used to solve a given simple problem.
  • Programme designs are documented using appropriate tools.
  • The fundamental principles of problem analysis are applied to given situations.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Modifications to process control systems are designed using the results of an analysis of the existing system and new process requirements.
  • Documentation requirements are complied with by ensuring that amended engineering drawings are properly stored.
  • Modifications to process control systems are implemented, the system is commissioned and monitored according to procedure.
  • The modification of a process control system is managed through a project management plan.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Fundamental issues pertaining to occupational safety, health and environment are discussed in terms of specified requirements.
  • Safety theories and principles are explained and applied in a proposed occupational safety management programme.
  • The fundamentals of Risk Management are explained during the implementation of risk management strategies in the workplace.
  • Safety, health and environment management systems are applied in the workplace.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • Data is collected and analysed in order to identify opportunities for improvement of manufacturing or production processes.
  • The root causes of identified problems preventing the optimisation process are identified so that the desired state can be achieved.
  • The problems are solved using problem-solving techniques and improvement options are generated.
  • Solutions or options are generated to achieve improvement and an improvement plan developed.
  • The implementation of the improvement plan is monitored and evaluated.
  • The reason why quality is important to a modern business is explained by studying quality concepts and the work of quality gurus or specialists.
  • An effective Quality Assurance system is described in terms of its constituent elements.
  • A quality audit of a department, customer, supplier related to the production or manufacturing environment is conducted in accordance with quality assurance principles and procedures.
  • The quality assurance system is optimised to improve the manufacturing or production process overall.

    Integrated assessment:

    The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.

    Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this level.

    Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.

    Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.

    Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of the Exit Level Outcomes in a way that reflects a comprehensive approach to learning and shows that the purpose of the Qualification has been achieved.
  • Judgement of learner performance to provide evidence of applied competence or capability.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is part of a series of qualifications in the field of Mechatronics-from Level 2 to 5-and was compared to similar qualifications-some outcomes-based-in various countries.

    This Qualification was compared to qualifications and short courses in the following countries:
  • Japan-This country probably has the most sophisticated mechatronics industry in the world.
  • United States-The US has one of the most highly-developed mechatronics industries in the world.
  • Germany-This country is renowned for its technological sophistication in mechatronics.
  • United Kingdom-The UK also has a very highly-developed mechatronics industry. It also has a number of institutions that offer training courses in the mechatronics field.
  • India-India has a thriving mechatronics industry.
  • Canada-Several institutions offer training in the mechatronics field.
  • Singapore-Many institutions offer training in the mechatronics fields.
  • China-They have a growing mechatronics industry.
  • Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom-These countries are involved in an online, virtual mechatronics training initiative called MARVEL.

    A significant amount of information was obtained from companies that manufacture mechatronics equipment and who also provide mechatronics training for the equipment.

    There was also a paucity of information on training from Japan and China. Comparability with the following countries was possible and the comparisons are listed below.

    Japan:

    Japan has the most sophisticated mechatronics industry. However, there is a paucity of information on qualifications, courses and training programmes related to mechatronics.

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA):

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed. JICA offers many training programmes, among them those that are related to this qualification.These include:
  • Telecommunications Network (Switching Engineering).
  • Vocational Training Instructors (Electronic Eng) II.
  • Data Communication Processing Engineering II.
  • Digital Transmission Systems Engineering.
  • Integrated Services Digital Network Basic Engineering.
  • Electronics Engineering (Microcomputer).
  • Material Handling System in the Plant for High Productivity.
  • Mechatronics.
  • Automation of Agricultural Machinery (Agri-mation).
  • Remote Sensing Technology (Advanced).
  • Remote Sensing Technology (Fundamental) II.

    Note: The course duration varies, ranging from less than a month to less than a year.

    Advanced Scientific Technology & Management Research Institute (ASTEM):

    ASTEM promotes regional industry and advancing science and technology. ASTEM has established a network with industry, academia and the public through participation in various research and development (R&D) projects and businesses. ASTEM has undertaken R&D, technical support and support for developing technology-based new businesses in a wide range of fields from software to mechatronics (mechanical electronics), nanotechnology and biotechnology.

    ASTEM is active in putting together research and development projects of the industry-academia-public cooperation type in the Kyoto region and in participating in research projects in response to proposals made utilizing public funds as an implementation and administrative organization. ASTEM works with Kyoto University, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Municipal Industrial Research Institute, joint research enterprises and others.

    Shandong Dolang Technology & Equipment Co. Ltd:

    Shandong Dolang Technology & Equipment Co. Ltd, is a high-tech company which specializes in developing, designing and producing education training equipment and laboratory equipment. Its products have been extensively applied in institutions of higher learning, vocational technical colleges, vocational and educational centers, training bases and examination organizations. Dolang products are exported to Russia, German, France, Africa, Mid-East and Vietnam.

    Main Products:

    Education equipment, electrical training sets, Mechatronic trainers, safe use electricity trainers, PLC trainers, hydraulic training sets, pneumatic training sets, MPS, FA and AS/RS trainers, robot trainers, elevator trainers, industrial automation trainers, MPU trainers, three-phase asynchronous motor fault simulation products, three-phase asynchronous motors, parking tower systems, sensor training sets, manufacturing automation systems, position control trainers and motion control trainers.

    The United Kingdom:

    The UK offers a variety of mechatronics related qualifications.

    The following qualification is listed on the Scottish Qualification Authority:

    Higher National Diploma in Mechatronics:

    The Higher National Diploma programme will normally be delivered on a two-year full-time basis. The typical Higher National Diploma candidate will therefore be a young person who has not gained the required university entrance qualifications from school or who feels the need to gain a more in-depth knowledge of Mechatronics before embarking on a university career. The Units of the Higher National Diploma framework have been designed to introduce candidates to many of the concepts and principles surrounding Mechatronics before taking various subjects to a more advanced level.

    Specific Aims of the Higher National Diploma Mechatronics:

    The same as for the Higher National Certificate Mechatronics award but with the addition of the following:
  • Develop an award that on successful completion will allow candidates to progress to a degree in Mechatronics or related subject discipline areas.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the external and internal factors that influence the performance of modern companies.
  • Recognise the important role Continuing Professional Development plays in career development.
  • Expand on the range of knowledge, understanding and skills in core principles and technology subjects developed as part of the Higher National Certificate Mechatronics.
  • Develop a range of specialised knowledge and skills in areas of engineering and related disciplines relevant to Mechatronics.

    Mandatory Units:
  • Communication: Practical Skills.
  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development.
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers.
  • Principles and Technology.
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1: Electronics and Electrical.
  • Mechatronic Systems Elements.
  • Mechatronic Systems.
  • Interfacing Electronics.
  • Electrical Engineering Principles 1.
  • Engineering Principles.
  • Robotics and Animatronics: An Introduction.
  • Mathematics for Engineering 2.
  • Materials Selection.
  • High Level Language: External I/O Transfer.
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
  • Engineering Design Process: Mechatronics.
  • Engineering Measurement or Electronic Testing Skills.
  • Robotics and Animatronics.
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics.
  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Engineering Systems Interfaced with Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • High Level Engineering Software.

    Optional Units:
  • Robotic Systems.
  • C.N.C.
  • Implementing Small Local Area Networks.
  • Control Systems Behaviour.
  • Mathematics for Engineering 3.
  • Engineering Drawing or Engineering Communication.
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1.
  • Industrial Systems.
  • Project Management.
  • Employment Experience 2.
  • Safety Engineering and the Environment.
  • MCU/MPU Assembly Language Programming.
  • Microprocessor and Microcontroller Technology.
  • Quality Management: An Introduction.
  • Electrical Engineering Principles 2.
  • Statics and Strength of Materials.
  • Dynamics.
  • MCU/MPU I/O Hardware Control.
  • Engineering Measurement.
  • Electronic Testing Skills.
  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Engineering Systems Interfaced with Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Personal Development Planning.
  • Workplace Communication in English.
  • Work Role Effectiveness.
  • Engineering Drawing.
  • Engineering Communication.

    City of Bath College:

    The college offers the following qualifications:

    Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics) Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma - the diploma is more relevant to this international comparability exercise.

    The aims of the course:
  • To offer students the opportunity to improve their engineering qualifications.
  • To produce engineering technicians who will meet local industry needs.
  • To offer students for a range of technical and management careers in engineering.
  • To provide specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual vocations/professions.
  • To enable students to make an immediate or improved contribution in employment.
  • To provide progression to higher educational studies.
  • To develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes, which will enhance their careers.
  • To offer a route to higher education to mature students who lack formal entry qualifications but who are judged capable of reaching the required standard.
  • To develop students ability to learn independently and to carry this forward for future career development.

    Bridgewater College:

    This college offers the following qualification:

    Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechatronics Engineering (Top up):

    This course is suitable for those looking to develop a multi-disciplined career in engineering systems design, electronics and control systems, maintenance or manufacture. The course is made up of a variety of closely integrated units, which have been selected to give the essential multi-disciplinary structure of a Mechatronics course. To obtain the Higher National Diploma you will have an Higher National Certificate and pass 6 additional Higher National Diploma units, which are:
  • Planning and scheduling principles (C).
  • Health and safety and risk assessment (C).
  • Business improvement techniques.
  • Further business improvement techniques.
  • Quality assurance and management.
  • Measurement and testing.

    United States:

    The following qualifications and courses are available from various institutions and companies in the United States.

    California State University, Fullerton, California:

    Mechatronics-SMART Systems (Certificate):

    Course Description:

    This programme is designed to provide training in Mechatronics, a systematic design approach for advanced electromechanical systems. Classes in the Certificate in Mechatronics-SMART Systems will get practicing engineers up-to-speed. On completion of the Certificate in Mechatronics, engineers will be able to implement the latest techniques and tools for incorporating Mechatronics' best practices up front in the design stage.

    Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, control engineering, and computer science. These areas are integrated through a systematic design process. Enhanced performance, faster operation, and small sizes are the characteristics of typical Mechatronics systems.

    As a result, Mechatronics can be regarded as the multidisciplinary technology that is the foundation for future smart components, systems, and factories. This mechatronics training program is suitable for all types of engineers-mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and biomedical. It is also beneficial to engineers and managers who wish to accept leadership roles in multi-disciplinary engineering projects.

    Program Objective: Graduates of the Certificate in Mechatronics-SMART Systems will be able to:
  • Understand control systems and the fundamentals of Mechatronics.
  • Work with microprocessors and microcontrollers.
  • Build applications for data acquisition, measurement, testing and engineering control systems.
  • Understand the fundamentals of robotics.
  • Optimize engineering design.
  • Work with simulated software manufacturing systems.
  • Understand the basics of electronic packaging.

    Who Should Attend: Aerospace engineers, Biomedical engineers, Mechanical engineers, Electrical engineers, Robotic engineers.

    Buck Mickel Centre-South Carolina:

    The following program in Mechatronics is offered at the Buck Mickel Centre:

    Siemens Certified Mechatronics Systems Curriculum:

    Level One (Assistant) Certification consists of four standardized courses. Each course consists of roughly 93 hours of classroom instruction with laboratory work on a physical system located at the training institution on PC- and web-based simulations, etc. Each of the four courses has a main focus although the "big picture" perspective is maintained throughout the program.

    Course 1: Electrical Components.
    Course 2: Mechanical Components.
    Course 3: Hydraulic/Pneumatic Components.
    Course 4: Programmable Logic Controllers.

    The curriculum of the Certification Program is the Systems Approach (© Siemens AG), which has been used with high effectiveness for the training of Siemens own co-workers in Germany. Under the System Approach, students learn about the complexities of the system in a holistic fashion. This means that from the very first day, they are confronted with a complete complex system and learn about the various parts of the system by examining their roles in the system, always keeping the "big picture" in view. Starting at the macro level, students first see the full system and learn about its function. From there they go into one of the system modules, examining the components contained within the module and their inter-relationships with one another.

    Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistants learn how to work their way into a new system, and by means of the troubleshooting strategies which they learn, they are able to transfer their knowledge and expertise easily to another system. This makes for an employee who is flexible, autonomous, and professional in his or her dealings with such complex system.

    Siemens Mechatronic System I: Electrical Components:

    Course Objectives:

    At the conclusion of the Electrical Components course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what comprises a mechatronic system or module.
  • Explain the role of various electrical components within a given system or module.
  • Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
  • Describe the basic physical properties of electrical components.
  • Read, analyze, and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, timing diagrams, operation manuals, schematics, etc., for a mechatronic system.
  • Carry out measurements on electrical components in a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify, and document causes of malfunctions in electrical components based upon the technical documentation.
  • Where possible, correct malfunctions or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

    Siemens Mechatronic Systems II: Mechanical Components:

    Course Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the role of various mechanical components within a given system or module.
  • Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
  • Describe the basic physical properties of mechanical components including materials, lubrication requirements, and surface properties.
  • Carry out adjustments on mechanical components in a mechatronic system.
  • Read, analyze, and utilize the technical data sheets for the mechanical components and electrical drives within a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify, and document causes of malfunctions in mechanical components or electrical drives based upon the technical documentation.
  • Correct malfunctions where possible or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

    Siemens Mechatronic Systems III: Hydraulic/Pneumatic Components:

    Course Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the role of various (electro) pneumatic and hydraulic components within a given system or module.
  • Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
  • Describe the basic physical properties of pneumatic and hydraulic components.
  • Carry out measurements and adjustments on pneumatic and hydraulic components in a mechatronic system.
  • Read, analyze, and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams, timing diagrams, and function charts for the pneumatic and hydraulic components within a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify, and document causes of malfunctions in pneumatic and hydraulic circuits based upon the technical documentation.
  • Correct malfunctions in pneumatic and hydraulic circuits, where possible, or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

    Siemens Mechatronic Systems IV: Programmable Logic Controllers:

    Course Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the role of programmable logic controllers within a given system or module.
  • Trace and describe the flow of information in a given mechatronic system or subsystem with a focus on the control function of PLCs in the system.
  • Describe the basic functions and design of PLCs.
  • Read, analyze, and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, timing diagrams, operation manuals, schematics, and ladder diagrams.
  • Correctly localize, identify, and document system malfunctions in or caused by PLC hardware based upon the technical documentation.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

    Sierra College:

    Mechatronics Classes:

    To obtain a mechatronics certificate, students are required to complete the seven courses listed on the tabs above.

    All of our courses have lab sessions where students actually do what was talked about during lecture. We typically have two hours of lab time for each hour of lecture time, so we truly are a "hands-on" program, where students get to practice the skills used out in industry.

    Course descriptions:
  • "Personal Computer Configuration and Repair", MECH-25, teaches students how to build, repair and upgrade computers as well as perform installation of operating systems, perform virus removal, techniques for hard-drive backup and hard-drive "crash" recovery, etc. Networking fundamentals and techniques for interfacing with industrial equipment is also covered.
  • "Fundamentals of Mechatronics", MECH-4, teaches the basic skills of industrial automation/robotics such as single-phase and three-phase power, wiring standards, AC to DC conversion, electric motors and solenoids (AC and DC), stepper and servo motors, VFD control of AC motors, sensors (temperature, pressure, capacitive, inductive, etc.), PLC programming and pneumatics. The course also includes a detailed look at industrial safety.

    This course makes extensive use of our custom-designed PLC trainers from SMC Corporation, which utilize multiple sensor types, motors, solenoids and pneumatic cylinders all under PLC control. See the "Photo Gallery" tab above for pictures of these trainers.
  • "Fundamentals of Electronics", MECH-10, covers the basic principles and hands-on skills of electronics, such as voltage, current and resistance/reactance relationships in AC and DC circuits, theory of operation and industrial applications of transistors and integrated circuits, digital logic fundamentals, as well as use of measurement equipment (voltmeters, oscilloscopes, in-line and clamp-on ammeters, etc.).
  • "Fabrication Techniques", MECH-14, teaches students basic project fabrications skills such as precision measurement (scales, callipers, etc.), basic metalworking (shears, brakes, drill presses, punches, bend allowances, etc.), electrical soldering including Surface Mount Technology, schematic capture, circuit-board layout and design rule checking and fundamentals of technical drafting.
  • "Mechatronics Processes and Materials", MECH-44, is usually taken as a follow-on course to MECH-14 and covers more advanced electrical and mechanical fabrications skills.

    The main project in this class is a small robot arm which the students fabricate, assemble, program, test and take home. During this course students are introduced to the use of the mill and lathe and learn about other industrial fundamental topics such as bearings, springs, tapping of threads, thread repair with a helicoil, etc. Students are also introduced to microcontroller programming.
  • "Mechatronics Systems", MECH-54, has MECH-4 as a prerequisite and covers industrial control concepts to a greater depth as well as introducing new topics such as hydraulics. The emphasis of this course is on closed-loop process control and spends significant time on A to D and D to A conversion methods and applications.

    Extensive use is made of our custom-designed hydraulic trainers to give students a foundation in the theory and application of hydraulic systems. Computer-based design and simulation of hydraulic systems is also covered.

    Furthermore students analyze, test, write PLC code and optimize the performance of individual stations of our multi-station Sun Corporation mechatronics training system. Using industrial-quality components, this system emulates the multiple stations found in an actual manufacturing facility, except on a slightly smaller scale so as to be usable in the classroom.
  • "Microcontroller Embedded Systems", MECH-90, teaches students the underlying principles and hands-on skills for the application of microcontrollers, the electronics "brain" inside everything from microwave ovens to large robots. After being taught the fundamentals of microcontroller operation, hardware interfacing and control software development, students spend the majority of the semester designing, building and programming a project of their own choosing (with the assistance of the instructor).

    This course has MECH-10 and MECH-14 as pre-requisites and is intended to be taken toward the end of the course sequence since these student designs utilize the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course of our program.

    Piedmont Technical College:

    This institution offers the Mechatronics Technology II Certificate.

    This certificate provides advanced studies in Mechatronics, preparing students for system approach analysis and troubleshooting on advanced automated equipment and machinery found in today's automated manufacturing facilities. Students must complete the Mechatronics Technology I certificate before starting this program. All courses within this certificate will be awarded for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Mechatronics Technology.

    First Semester Credits:
  • Robotics and Automated Controls 1.
  • Introduction to Process Control.
  • Programmable Controllers.
  • Statistical Process Control.

    Second Semester:
  • Robotics and Automated Controls II.
  • Programmable Controller Applications.
  • Sensors and System Interfacing.
  • Technical/System Troubleshooting.

    This Level 5 Mechatronics Qualification overlaps somewhat with first year degree programmes. Some examples are as follows:

    Mechatronics training at Purdue University:

    Modern packaging systems in use today are truly mechatronic systems. Competition in the packaging machinery area is fierce. This competition requires a workforce skilled in mechatronics. Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) must keep pace with the technology and skill sets from a mechatronics viewpoint to remain competitive.

    Mechatronics and robotics requires graduates who can be multi-task oriented and understand the ¿whole system¿ as technology improves. Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) surveys indicate that by 2013, 40% of packaging lines will use robotics.

    A mechatronics program offers instruction in mechanical engineering technology and electrical engineering technology with an emphasis on packaging equipment. The four-year mechatronics engineering technology program at Purdue University Calumet was initiated by industry partners.

    The Associate of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology:

    Modules:

    The modules relevant to this qualification include Technical Report Writing, General Physics, Algebra and Trig. I and II, Calculus I, Production Drawing and CAD, Machine Elements, Manufacturing Processes, Introduction to Engineering Technologies, Internship/Industrial Practice, Electrical Circuits I, Digital Fundamentals, Computer Architecture, Electrical Circuits II , Electrical Power and Machinery, Introduction to Process Control.

    Germany:

    Germany is a leading country in the field of mechatronics. Not much information is available in English. However, the information that will be quoted in this section is proof of Germany¿s advancement in this field. The research carried out at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is based on the interdisciplinary (virtual) design, computer-aided optimisation and simulation, as well as implementation of complex mechatronic systems and man-machine interfaces. The institute is regarded as one of the worldwide leading institutions in the field of robotics. It excels in the fields of astronautics, aeronautics, vehicle technology and medical technology.

    The following departments have the responsibility of designing and training in the following:

    Robotic Systems:

    Presently the general goal is the design of a new generation of multisensory light-weight robots for space applications which are operable by astronauts as well as from groundstations, based on powerful telerobotic concepts and man-machine-interfaces.

    System Dynamics and Control (Head of the Department: Dr. Johann Bals):

    The System Dynamics and Control Department of the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is responsible for advancing the state-of-the-art in system dynamics and control technologies for high-performance mechatronic systems in aerospace, robotics and ground vehicle application.

    Optical Information Systems:

    The department of Optical Systems is divided in optical sensing / electronics, data processing optical information systems, and sensor concepts and applications and is located in Berlin.

    FESTO:

    FESTO is a world-renowned company in the manufacture of mechatronics machines. They also provide extensive training the world over for the operation of their machines that are used in many different contexts. For thirty six years Festo Didactic has provided industry leading education solutions to the automation industry, covering the entire spectrum of the field. With its Training Needs Analysis programme, Festo Didactic can help you identify knowledge gaps in current and future operations, allowing you and your company to address training needs and up-skill to improve your operations productivity, efficiency and profitability.

    Courses available from Festo Didactic are:

    Pneumatics (1) Basic; Pneumatics (2) Maintenance; Pneumatics (3) Advanced; Electro-Pneumatics; PLC (FEC , PLC S7 Intermediate, Basic); Mechatronics (1) Systems; Mechatronics (2) Networks; Hydraulics (1) Basic; Hydraulics (2); Advanced Hydraulics (3); Proportional Hydraulics (4) Maintenance; Process (1) Instrumentation; Process (2) Loop Control.

    Other training revolves around the following:
  • Pneumatic Drives.
  • Servo Pneumatic Positioning Systems.
  • Electric Drive Technology.
  • Handling.
  • Valves.
  • Vacuum Technology.
  • Valve Terminals.
  • Sensors.
  • Image Processing.
  • Compressed Air Preparation.
  • Other Pneumatic Products.
  • Pneumatic Connection Technology.
  • Electrical Connection Technology.
  • Control Technology and Electrical.
  • Peripherals.

    Hungary, Poland, Germany and Sweden:

    MINOS:

    MINOS developed the European concept for the additional mechatronic qualification for skilled personnel in the globalized industrial production.

    MINOS developed a modular CBT-supported further education concept for non-graduates in Hungary, Poland, Germany and Sweden. The didactic teaching material and teaching modules for modular training are prepared in English, German, Polish and Hungarian languages. The modular structure makes the adaptation of different initial situations in these countries possible. The material includes 8 modules, which comprise mathematical fundamentals, technological problems and soft skills. As result we have a multi-language learning and teaching system with a modular structure, which allows achieving a cross-national comparability of the obtained academic degree in the field of mechatronics, with the possibility for other counties to join.

    Analysis; Electrical Drives and controls; Remote diagnostics and servicing of mechatronics systems; fundamentals; Mechatronics components; E-learning software; Social behaviour, Cross cultural training, Project managements and Organization; Mechatronic systems and functions; Valorisation and test; fluidics and Security, commissioning and troubling shouting.

    Comparison with a degree programme in Germany:

    The following is a description for the first year of a bachelor's degree programme in mechatronics/robotics in Germany. The learner will complete the following subjects (only the relevant subjects are listed). There is some overlap between the competencies in this qualification and those in the degree programme.

    Courses 1st semester:
  • Mathematics 1.
  • Mechanics 1.
  • Design and machine parts.
  • Digital machines.
  • Electrical engineering and electronics 1.
  • Introduction to computer science.
  • Programming, data structures and algorithms 1.
  • Introduction to robotics.
  • Team building.
  • Business administration 1.

    Courses 2nd semester:
  • Mathematics 2.
  • Mechanics 2.
  • Engineering drawing and CAD.
  • Material science.
  • Electrical engineering and electronics 2.
  • Electronic components.
  • Programming, data structures and algorithms 2.
  • Industrial robotics 1.
  • Business administration 2.

    India:

    India is a powerful force in the field of mechatronics. The following institutions offer qualifications similar to this Qualification:

    Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) in Karnataka, Bangalore:

    This institute offers the Diploma in Mechatronics.

    The course provides thorough practical and theoretical input to the trainee to make him a multi-skilled professional. The trainee will be able to apply his multi-skills to the needs of an automated industry.

    NTTF Training Centers have been awarded ISO 9001:2000 Quality Systems Certification by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). The Diplomas and the Post Diplomas issued by NTTF are highly valued by major industries within the country and even abroad.

    Subject of Study:

    Theory:

    English and Communication skills, Applied Science, Mathematics, Industrial Management, Material Science, Engineering Graphics, Mechanical Engineering Science, Strength of Materials, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Robotics, CAD/CAM, Electrical Engineering Science, Sensors and Actuators, Analog and Digital Electronics, Control Systems, Industrial Electronics, Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, PLC, mechatronics System Design, CNC Technology, Industrial Equipment Maintenance.

    Practical:

    Bench work, Machining, Sheet metal work, Arc Welding and Gas Cutting, Soldering, Equipment wiring, PCB design and fabrication, Winding of coils and transformers, Testing and measuring of electronic instruments, troubleshooting, Microprocessor programming and Interfacing, Industrial electronics, CNC operation, Programming and Maintenance, Computer hardware and software, mechatronics design and fabrication of prototype automatic equipment, Computer programming with C, C++ and Visual Basic.

    Project work:

    Microprocessor and microcontroller based applications, Industrial electronics and mechatronics systems, Hydraulics and Pneumatics control systems, Special purpose machines, Industrial automation, vision control systems, Robotics, CNC Machine applications.

    The Advanced Technical Training Centre (ATTC):

    The establishment of the Advanced Technical Training Centre (ATTC) is one of the major initiatives that is taken by the Government of Sikkim for the development of technical education in the State. This polytechnic has been set up under the World Bank assisted Third Technician Education Project of the Government of India.

    The curriculum offered by this polytechnic has been framed by Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) Bangalore. On completion of their courses, the students are also assured of getting placement in industries of repute within the country.

    The courses offered by the polytechnic have been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Institute is equipped with the latest equipment, machinery and computers and supported by a team of qualified and trained faculty. The Institute have a variety of software and learning resources, computer based tutorials etc. and a very well stocked library with a wide selection of books, journals etc.

    ATTC offers the Diploma in Mechatronics:

    Course Contents:

    Communication Skills, Applied Sciences, Mathematics, Basic Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Science, Analog and Digital Electronics, Robotics, CAD and CAM, Control System, Industrial Electronics, Micro controller and PLC, Pneumatics & Hydraulics, Digital Signal Processor, Computer Programming, CNC Maintenance and Programming, Mechatronics System Design, PCB etc.

    Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee OK:

    This qualification is less-than-2-year Certificate that helps the learner to become a Mechatronics Technician.

    Mechatronics integrates mechanics, electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, computer and networking control systems. The core subjects covered are electricity, wiring and controls, measurements, print reading, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical drives, motor controls and robotics. Advanced subjects covered are digital electronic, sensors and transducers, actuators, programmable logic control systems, microprocessors and Mechatronics systems.

    Gedee Technical Training Institute:

    This institute offers the following training programmes:
  • Measuring Equipments Course.
  • Mechatronics Course.
  • Precision Machining Technology (PMT).

    Description of the Mechatronics Course:

    Duration: 3 years of Institutional study and 1 year Industrial Training (in technical collaboration with FESTO AG Germany).

    Because mechatronics students study a range of disciplines, they are well equipped to go into a wide range of jobs in electrical, electronics, mechanical or control engineering as well as software development and management positions.

    The students are taught on different concepts in the following disciplines using equipments of FESTO Pneumatics - Germany:
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
  • Control Systems Engineering.
  • Automation Technology.
  • Computer Engineering.

    Canada:

    The company called ETS Canada-Vocational training manufactures the following mechatronics equipment and also provides training on the equipment:
  • Mechatronic System Cube Assembly Compact.
  • Cube Assembly Compact Station 1 (Conveyor).
  • Cube Assembly Compact Station 2 (Processing).
  • Cube Assembly Compact Station 3 (ASRS).
  • Cube Assembly Compact pneumatic in working condition.

    Another company called DENSO Robotics also manufactures mechatronics equipment and provides training on their products. DENSO Robotics offers a wide range of high-speed, high-precision, 4-axis SCARA and 5- and 6-axis articulated industrial robots, for payloads up to 20 kg. Standard, cleanroom and dust- and mistproof models are available to accommodate many different applications. In addition to industrial robot arms, DENSO also offers easy-to-use programming software, controllers and teaching pendants.

    Applications include assembly, dispensing, electrostatic welding, grinding, inspection, machining, machine tending, materials handling, material removal, packaging, parts finishing, pick and place, polishing, surface finishing and test handling.

    Malaysia:

    Nilai University College:

    This college offers the Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering:

    This internationally recognised diploma prepares students for the job market by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to develop intelligent machines and advanced manufacturing systems. Graduates of this programme are qualified to continue into a degree programme with the college¿s reputable partner universities worldwide. Graduates will be recognised by the respective professional bodies in those countries and be eligible to register with the Board of Engineers and Institute of Engineers Malaysia. Modules include Basic Courses: Automotive Laboratory I, Fluid Mechanics, Engine Technology, Vehicle Technology, Mechanics of Machines, Automotive Laboratory II, Vehicle Electrical and Electronic System, Industrial Engineering and Management, Automotive Engineering Design Project, EGA 313 Vehicle Technology II, Design of Machine Elements. Electives: Mechanics of Solids II, Fluid Mechanics II, Mechatronics, Automated Manufacturing System, Instrumentation and Control Systems, and Technical English.

    China-Germany:

    The German-Chinese Training Center for Mechatronic Technicians (Zheng Zhou, Henan Province) for Chinese students:

    The German-Chinese Training Center for Mechatronics (GCT) is a cooperation project between the GCT and the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in Shanghai (AHK Shanghai). It aims are to train and educate skilled workers in the field of motor vehicle mechatronic technicians.

    The three-year long vocational training at GCT in Zhengzhou is carried out according to the German dual system of vocational education in skilled worker (Facharbeiter) level. The training concept strictly follows the IHK vocational education system in Germany. All instructors engaged by the GCT are certified teachers in the fields of electrical or mechanical engineering who received further training in order to be able to teach the German curriculum. Course duration is 3 years.

    The AHK-Chien Shiung Vocational Training Center (Taicang, Jiangsu Province) for Chinese students:

    The Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in China-Shanghai (AHK Shanghai) established the AHK-Chien Shiung Vocational Training Centre in September 2007 in cooperation with the Chien Shiung Institute of Technology. The Vocational Training Centre aims to educate skilled workers (Facharbeiter) according to Germany¿s dual vocational system in the fields of Mechatronics and Toolmaking. Course duration is 3 years.

    Jordan:

    The German Jordan University offers the Bachelor of Science degree. The competencies of this Level 5 Qualification resonate with some of the first year course in this degree. The courses which overlap are listed:
  • Computing Fundamentals.
  • Industrial Automation.
  • Computer Aided Engineering Drawing.
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics Systems.
  • Electrical Machines and Drives.
  • Microprocessors and Microcomputers.

    Singapore:

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic-School of Engineering:

    This polytechnic offers the Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering (MTE).

    The polytechnic is the first polytechnic in Singapore that pioneered a mechatronic course and offers exciting final-year options such as Automation & Robotics, Micro-Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Aerospace Applications. Learners design and develop robots and smart products. The course also has a business management minor that equips you with management and entrepreneurship skills, and widens your career path.

    About the Diploma:

    You will learn to integrate electronics, mechanics and software to create the next generation of computer-controlled "intelligent" devices. Many modern devices are equipped with sensors and software that allow the mechanism and functions to adapt to different situations. In your final year, you can specialise in Aerospace Applications, Automation & Robotics, or Micro-Electromechanical Systems. As the first mechatronics diploma offered by a polytechnic in Singapore, MTE is well-recognised by the industry and universities.

    You can apply your knowledge and skills in every possible industry from consumer products, medicine and surgery, agriculture and automobile, sports equipment, to toys and entertainment. With the increasing number of intelligent products and systems, MTE professionals are sought-after in jobs that involve the design, development and manufacturing of such products and systems.
    Some of the competencies that overlap with this Qualification are:
  • Engineering Mathematics 1.
  • Computer Programming.
  • Communication Toolkit.
  • Sensors & Actuators.
  • Mechanical Aspects of Mechatronic Systems Applications Programming.
  • Industrial Automation Microcontroller Programming & Interfacing Project Design & Development 1.
  • Project Management.
  • Automation & Robotics.

    Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom:

    MARVEL-Mechatronics Training in Real and Virtual Environments:

    The MARVEL pilot project (Virtual Laboratory in Mechatronics: Access to Remote and Virtual eLearning) was designed to foster learning concepts that serve these actual needs in the subject area of mechatronics.

    The aim of MARVEL was to implement and evaluate virtual learning environments for mechatronics training that provide engineering students and trainees with ubiquitous online access to physical workshops and laboratory facilities from remote places and learning venues. The project was focused on how to use mechatronics equipment and machinery in virtual learning environments in order to support work-process-oriented and distributed cooperative learning with real-life systems. MARVEL had to develop concepts for learning communities and inter-site collaboration in which the stakeholders involved (e.g. vocational colleges, training enterprises, universities) can share and use costly plant and laboratory facilities via the Internet. This involved teacher training courses and investigations into how training institutions, technology suppliers, universities and industry (especially SMEs) can profit actively and passively from distributed remote workshops and laboratories.

    The main target group of MARVEL comprises stakeholders in initial vocational training and engineering education (e.g. vocational colleges, training enterprises, universities). Other potential target groups are organisations offering further training courses for skilled workers, technicians and engineers. The main teaching subject is mechatronics, with the focus on system control, maintenance, process monitoring and automation technology of networked plant and machinery. Learning scenarios relating to remote concepts and technologies such as eMaintenance, teleservices, remote repair, diagnostics and maintenance, played a key role in the project. Accordingly, working examples of remotely accessible practical environments, including eLearning and student assessment materials, were developed in the following application fields: industrial robotics, digital electronics, electro-pneumatics, modular production systems and process control of energy systems.

    The MARVEL consortium is led by ArtecLab (laboratory of the Art, Work and Technology) at the University of Bremen, and brings together educational institutions (technical colleges and universities), companies, national bodies and other institutions from Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The organisations supporting the project have experience in mechatronics, either in research and education, or manufacturing and application of mechatronics.

    Partners from the educational area are the project coordinator, ArtecLab, the Higher Technical Institute (Cyprus), West Lothian College (Scotland), Berufsbildende Schulen II Delmenhorst (Germany) and the University of Porto (Portugal). Germany¿s ArtecLab is a central research institute at the University of Bremen. ArtecLab¿s research focuses on cooperative mastering of increasing complexity in industrial production, as viewed from different perspectives in the artwork- technology triangle. The research focus is on new forms of human-computer interaction, especially mixed reality and tangible media for new learning environments and industrial design concepts.

    Training courses and research activities at the Higher Technical Institute (HTI), Nicosia in Cyprus include energy research, computer-aided engineering, automation and information technology, software engineering and other technical fields.

    In some cases, projects are carried out cooperation with European universities and other institutions within E.U. programmes. These are:
  • West Lothian College (WLC), Livingston-Scotland.
  • Berufsbildende Schulen II Delmenhorst-Germany.
  • University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering (FEUP).

    Companies and enterprises from the mechatronics industry involved in this project include:
  • FESTO Didactic GmbH & Co. KG (Germany).
  • ZENON Consulting, ZENON Informatics, and ZENON Robotics.
  • FESTO Didactic GmbH & Co. KG, Denkendorf-Germany.
  • FESTO Didactic is a subsidiary of Festo AG and has factories in Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico and Ukraine.
  • Bildungswerk der Niedersächsischen Wirtschaft (BNW), Delmenhorst-Germany.

    Conclusion:

    The competencies covered in the National Certificate: Mechatronics, NQF Level 5 are either similar to or have some degree of overlap with the qualifications and courses that are offered in other countries. While direct and complete comparisons are rarely possible-given the very different contexts in the countries investigated-there are significant (and sometimes not so significant) overlaps between this qualification and those internationally. In some cases, it is difficult to figure out the levels of the international courses and qualifications but the overlap in competencies helped to benchmark this Qualification.

    The information from Japan is not sufficient. It is indicative of the fact that a tremendous amount of training in mechatronics takes place. This Qualification compares well with the United Kingdom qualifications, especially the one from the SQA. It also compares well with the Siemens programme taught at Buck Mickel Centre and the qualification at Piedmont Technical College.

    This Qualification also overlaps with courses-offered in the first two semesters at many universities-which lead to a degree. This Qualification resonates well with the offering from FESTO in Germany. It is also quite similar-in terms of its competencies-to the Diploma in Mechatronics offered by Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) in India, the Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering offered by the Nilai University College in Malaysia and to the Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering offered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Engineering in Singapore.

    This Qualification also resonates with the first year of several degree programmes offered by various universities.

    On the whole this qualification compares favourably with international qualifications or courses. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 71969: National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly, NQF Level 5
  • ID 78526 :National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance, NQF Level 5
  • ID 78943 National Certificate: Autotronics, NQF Level 5
  • Diploma: Production Technology, NQF Level 5

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualification:
  • Higher Diploma: Production Technology, NQF Level 6.
  • Bachelor of Science: Mechatronics, NQF Level 7. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards, the integrated competence described in the Qualification and will include competence within core sales and the elective standards relevant to the economic sector.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 4 (four) years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 6 or higher.
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 22773, " National Certificate: Mechatronics", Level 5, 123 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14915  Design a computer program according to given specifications  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  15234  Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  7818  Conduct on-the-job coaching  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  377005  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of final control or correction elements  Level 5  NQF Level 05 
    Core  377008  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of sensing in a mechatronics environment  Level 5  NQF Level 05 
    Core  119809  Design and apply modifications to existing process control systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Core  377007  Discuss and apply industrial networks in a mechatronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05 
    Core  244283  Facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety, Health and Environment management system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  13114  Install, test and maintain a complex computer integrated manufacturing system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  377001  Optimise manufacturing and production processes  Level 5  NQF Level 05  24 
    Core  335894  Optimise the quality assurance system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  119808  Apply engineering mathematics in the Measurement, Control and Instrumentation environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  115790  Write and present for a wide range of purposes, audiences and contexts  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  9405  Analyse work requirements and plan ahead  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252026  Apply a systems approach to decision making  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  243267  Apply and continuously improve company policies and procedures  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  115821  Apply business financial practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252042  Apply the principles of ethics to improve organisational culture  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252037  Build teams to achieve goals and objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252189  Deal with sub standard performance in a team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252033  Demonstrate ways of dealing with the effects of dread diseases and in particular HIV/AIDS  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  335899  Discuss and maintain business processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  10066  Establish customer needs and relationships  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Elective  377004  Install, commission and maintain an industrial robot system  Level 5  NQF Level 05  10 
    Elective  8665  Lead a team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  10053  Manage customer requirements and needs and implement action plans  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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