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1 Delivering industry relevant mechatronics training and education for high tech business sectors AACC April 2014

2 Marilyn Barger, Ph.D., P.E., CPT Executive Director and PI Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence Ned D. Young, Ph.D. Co-PI The National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education Our Team Partners with Industry for a New American Workforce

3 “Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of precision mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems thinking in the design of products and manufacturing processes. It relates to the design of systems, devices and products aimed at achieving an optimal balance between basic mechanical structure and its overall control.” AACC Mechatronics Video


5 Does your institution have a mechatronics type program? If so, what is it called? How many credits? Where is it housed in your academics?

6 Program Title Advanced Manufacturing1 Applied Integrated Technology1 Automation Electronic Technology1 Computer Integrated manufacturing1 Electrical Engineering2 Engineering Technology2 Mechatronics Technology17 Robotics1

7 Material Handling/: MHI/SCTE VideoMHI/SCTE Video Production/ Manufacturing: TrankTek VideoTrankTek Video Packaging: Invata VideoInvata Video Renewable Energy: Wind turbine VideoWind turbine Video Supply Chain Tech: Skechers VideoSkechers Video

8 Siemens: Mechatronics Systems CertificationMechatronics Systems Certification The Association for Packaging and Process Technologies (PMMI) Mechatronics Certificates Mechatronics Certificates MHIMHI/MSSC/SCTE working on aMSSCSCTE Supply Chain Technician certification

9 Do your industry partners require certifications (in any disciplines)? How important are the certifications? Is an Associate degree (A.S./A.A.S.) of similar or equal value?

10 * GlobalFoundries (Malta, NY) * The National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (SCTE) and the California Centers of Excellence (COE) research study

11 Skill Category GF’s Need s CC Stats 1Implementing Quality Principles31.56 2Demonstrating Working Knowledge of Basic Electronics32.44 3Operating Equipment11.50 4Processing Wafers10.56 5Troubleshooting and Repairing Electrical/Electronic Equip.32.13 6Troubleshooting and Repairing Pneumatic Systems31.00 7Troubleshooting and Repairing Hydraulic Systems30.63 8Troubleshooting and Repairing Electromechanical Systems 31.13 9Troubleshooting and Repairing Vacuum Systems30.88 10Troubleshooting and Repairing RF Systems31.25 11Operating Remote Systems11.00 11 Skill Gaps

12 Skill Category GF’s Needs CC Stats 12Perform Preventive and Routine Maintenance31.69 13Maintain Automated Systems30.56 14Implementing Manufacturing Technology and Techniques10.63 15Utilizing Computers33.00 16Adhering to Basic Safety Practices30.94 17Applying Scientific Fundamentals21.13 18Performing Mathematical Calculations32.19 19Recognizing Workplace Fundamental Principles31.63 20Using Information Skills32.50 21Employing Interpersonal Skills32.25 22Displaying Appropriate Personal Qualities32.25 Skill Gaps 12

13 Current employment for Supply Chain Technicians estimate: 203,000 Employers surveyed project an increase of 30% in 24 months. Equates to 61,000 additional jobs. Variability in skill, education, and certification requirements reported by respondents is warranting a model curriculum to be developed and shared with the community colleges nationwide Four functional skill areas confirmed by employers: operate equipment, maintain equipment, direct maintenance, and maintain systems

14 Five areas of expertise have been identified for Supply Chain Technicians It is not enough for a technician to be proficient in just one area

15 SIDE BY SIDE mfg/material handling MARILYN FSCJ – Manufacturing FocusSCTE – Supply Chain Technology focus Electrical SystemsAC/DC Theory and Service Mechanical SystemsGeneral Mechanics Pneumatics and Hydraulics PLCsPLC Theory & Maintenance RoboticsMath for eng. technology Mechatronics CapstoneTechnical communication Electives (Choose 4) High Tech ManufacturingIntroduction to automated warehousing Manufacturing Processes Eng. CAD and DraftingBlueprint reading Advanced PLCMicro Processors & controls Industrial Robotics Industrial SafetyOSHA Safety standards Welding

16 * Discovered WHY industry values Mechatronics- like Skills, Knowledge and Abilities * Described what a mechatronics technician does in the workplace * Presented educational approaches to developing mechatronics programs * Examined best practices for Mechatronics programs * Considered what Industry looks for in today’s technicians (industry does not necessarily embrace the term “mechatronics”)

17 Mechatronics is a growing skill set These skills are transferable across many industries The term “mechatronics” may be confusing to industry Educational institutions must better understand how these skill sets can be integrated in curricula offerings

18 Marilyn Barger, Ph.D., P.E., CPT Ned D. Young, Ph.D. Contact us:

19 This work was partially funded by NSF grants DUE 1104176 and DUE 0802436. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented are only those of the presenter grantee/researcher, author, or agency employee; and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

20 July 21-24, 2014

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