Toronto – Ontario celebrated the opening of the Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre at Seneca College on February 12, 2016. The facility is the first in Ontario that will help students develop the cutting-edge skills they need to find jobs in the province’s manufacturing sector.
Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that integrates electrical, mechanical and computer engineering to make manufacturing more efficient and productive. Graduates trained in mechatronics can access jobs in a number of manufacturing industries, including aerospace, materials processing, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.
As part of the 2015 Budget, Ontario invested $651,000 to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the new centre at Seneca, which will be used to simulate manufacturing scenarios so students can practice and improve real industry processes. The new equipment includes:
- A mechatronic manufacturing training system
- 20 simulation computers
- 10 specialized computers
- 10 industrial controllers
- 10 pneumatic robots
- 24 industrial motors.
By 2018, nearly 1,000 Seneca College students across eight programs of study will directly benefit from the Mechatronics Centre annually. This facility will open the door to broader collaboration with mechatronics-based industries, providing students with the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, potential future employers. Seneca College will build on its existing partnership with Siemens Canada, which is collaborating with the college on curriculum development, research and teaching in the field of mechatronics.
Investing in modern and innovative post secondary infrastructure is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.