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German mechatronics training program expands to two colleges in Ontario

Program is designed to provide a wide-range of skills in systems troubleshooting and technical decision-making in mechatronics-related technical fields, including industrial maintenance.


February 13, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Oakville, ON – Siemens Canada Ltd. of Oakville, ON, has signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with two Ontario-based colleges, Seneca College and Sheridan College.

The MOU signings focus on mechatronics programs and are aimed at strengthening the cooperation between Siemens and Canadian colleges and universities. Mechatronics is the integration of mechanics, electronics, control and systems theory, and computers into a single system used within production and manufacturing, to optimize its efficiency, productivity, and quality. The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide.

“It is very important for Siemens to create a culture of continuous learning. Today’s MOU signings reconfirms Siemens’ commitment to education and training that is supported and driven by key partnerships with Canadian colleges, universities and government,” said Robert Hardt, president and CEO, Siemens Canada Ltd.

A central theme of the program is the System Approach, a special set of teaching and learning methods developed over 25 years in Siemens technical schools in Germany. It was first developed at Siemens’ Technik Akademie Berlin in Germany.


Siemens Canada will locally provide a three-level Mechatronics certification program to students in collaboration with universities and colleges across Canada.

Mechatronics-related technical fields include Automation Technology, Robotics Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Process and Controls and Electro-Mechanical Technology. The focus of the Mechatronics certification program’s specialized technical content is to provide a wide-range of skills in systems troubleshooting and technical decision-making.

The educational institute partnership for the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is based on cooperation through activities in program development, research and teaching. This collaboration recognizes the schools as a certified Siemens education partner.

Collaboration opportunities with the Siemens Academy advances and promotes mechatronics education on a local, national and international level, and allows access to a global network of mechatronics and advanced technology educators and industry partners.

With its emphasis on in-demand industrial skills, troubleshooting, and hands-on practice, this program’s training will provide the Canadian workforce with knowledgeable, highly-skilled workers, who are able to easily move into a variety of production, technician, and/or engineering roles. Mechatronics certifications provide industry-aligned assessment of mechanical, electrical, and digital technical skills, troubleshooting, and mechatronic systems thinking. With this certification, companies and industries can employ skilled technical workers while drawing on local education and training resources via partner schools.

These MOU signings are one part of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA), headed by Dr. Tom Murad. The Academy was formed to enhance training and certification for tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce, fostering future innovation and developing economic activity in Canada. In 2014, Siemens signed five educational collaboration MOUs with Canadian institutes of higher education – the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Mohawk College, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). These were predominantly focused partnerships on the SCETA’s Dual-Education Program as well as the mechatronics certification program.

“This partnership enhances Sheridan’s ability to provide students with experiential learning opportunities and additional pathways for career success,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, president and CEO, Sheridan College. “As a partner in the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification program, our Electromechanical Engineering graduates will qualify to write an additional exam to gain this globally-recognized, professional credential soon after graduation – something that’s especially important for our growing population of international students. Our partnership also opens the doors for increased collaboration with Siemens Canada in the form of guest lectures, workshops, co-op placements, and engineering internships.”