In today’s world, intelligent machines help us with almost any task. Their design, maintenance and management, however, require extensive technical knowledge. This is provided by the mechatronics technician training program that integrates knowledge in the field of mechanics, information and electrical engineering.
Mechatronics is a collection of basic knowledge, procedures and techniques for the maintenance, production and development of modern machinery, equipment and installations. Mechatronics is also a new way of thinking in product and system design.
What a mechatronics technician does
The mechatronics technician works with mechanical machines that are supported by information technology. He or she programs and maintains modern automation machines and robots, carries out development and research tasks in innovative companies in the metal, automotive, aerospace and electrical industries. He or she sets up and controls production lines, ensures the operation of technological processes, manages elements of information technology, implements connections between machines and devices and information systems in companies. Mechatronics technicians have interdisciplinary knowledge that is very important for the development of today’s technology. The programming of machines, devices, process lines and systems is his daily routine. In addition, his responsibilities include the assembly of machines and devices as well as the control and administration of computer processes.
Description of the educational program
The training course for mechatronics technicians lasts four years and ends with a vocational matura degree. The educational program consists of general subjects (Slovene, mathematics, foreign language, art, history, geography, sociology, physics, chemistry and sport), professional content (technical communication, technological processes, mechatronics, information systems, control and regulation systems), activities and topics identified by the school for the needs of the local environment and practical training in the work process.
Recruitment of mechatronics technicians
he recruitment of mechatronics is widespread, as mechatronics is present everywhere in the industry, but especially in the electrical, engineering and metal industries.
Mechatronics usually work in offices, laboratories and workshops. Otherwise, they works mainly in closed and heated rooms where hum, dust, fumes, drafts and temperature fluctuations can occur. Since a mechatronics technician usually stands, often squats and occasionally lifts heavy objects, general stamina is a must. Good hand and finger skills are also very important.
A mechatronics technician works mainly as a business organizer or business process analyst.
He or she can also be employed as a CNC machine programmer, process line supervisor, designer, maintainer, energy system maintainer, service technician, technologist, technologist, toolmaker, machine technician, electronics technician, mechatronics engineer, etc.
Curriculum: MECHATRONICS TECHNICIAN (four-year technical course)
|Subjects||TOTAL number of lessons in the program|
|A – General education subjects|
|B – Professional learning contents|
|Steering and control systems||510|
|Total from Section B||1904|
|Of which practical instruction||486|
|C – Practical training||152|
|D – Extracurriculum activities||352|
|E – The open part of the
|The total number of school hours of school education (A + B + C + D + E)||4992|
Content of the vocational Matura exam:
- written and oral exam in Slovene,
- written and oral mechatronics exam.
- written and oral exam in a foreign language or mathematics,
- design and manufacture of the product or service and their presentation