kpuBy Whitney Sharp

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Siemens Canada have joined forces to address the technical skills gap in Canada and provide students with new opportunities to get involved in Mechatronics. The university will soon offer the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certificate program in association with Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy.

Mechatronics focusses on advanced manufacturing concepts and combines mechanical, electrical and computer software, and control and systems theory to create a single system used in production and manufacturing. The process aims to improve quality while increasing productivity and efficiency. Mechatronics processes can commonly be found in industries including aerospace, machine building, transportation, and more. As mechatronics continues to advance and systems increase in complexity, it has become increasingly important that individuals are equipped with the skills necessary to design, operate, and maintain these various systems.

Siemens, one of the world’s largest producers of resource-saving technologies, is the only global industrial company offering an internationally recognized Mechatronics certification program. Beginning in 2017, the globally recognized certificate program will operate out of KPU’s Tech campus in Cloverdale, making KPU among the first Canadian universities to be working with Siemens and delivering the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification program.

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