Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has opened a new program to train the next generation of technicians needed to control and maintain electronic industrial machinery.
KPU is now accepting applications for the first students to take its Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Diploma program. Starting in September 2018, the program will provide the knowledge, expertise and skills to operate, diagnose and repair advanced manufacturing and mechatronics equipment at the technician level. The diploma is designed to meet the latest needs of industry, such as automation and data exchange in manufacturing technology.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that combines mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering.
“Mechatronics is a blend of existing disciplines that have led to new technological advancements in the trades sector. KPU is delighted to offer this new diploma program to train the specialists industry requires,” said Dr. David Florkowski, dean of the Faculty of Trades and Technology. “At the end of the program our students will have the diverse skills needed to operate and service these specialized machines, giving them strong employment prospects in an emerging field.”
The diploma is a two-year program. In the first year students learn automation, programming, remote-control, robotics, digital feedback and data collection as part of an internationally recognized program from Siemens Technik Akademie in Germany. The second year focuses on advanced manufacturing principles, sustainability practices, engineering resource planning, lean manufacturing practices, communications and business operations, in addition to developing welding, machining, electrical and metal fabrication skills.
In the mechatronics lab at KPU’s Faculty of Trades and Technology in Cloverdale, students will be able to learn on cutting-edge technology, including robotic arms and machines that synchronize mechanical and electrical power systems. They will learn from guest speakers and participate in industry events, factory visits and a 20-day practicum that will allow them to hone their skills in the workplace.
Graduates will be employable across a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, green technology, biotechnology, medical, energy, transportation, telecommunications, autonomous vehicles, building technology, agriculture, aerospace, national security and defence.
Prospective students can learn more about the Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Diploma at kpu.ca/trades/mechatronics.