The program, now in its third year, is a unique partnership with Germany-based, multinational industrial engineering firm, Siemens. Less than 30 institutions worldwide offer the program, which teaches industrial automation using Siemens’ world-class equipment. SFU’s School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering offers the program a few times per year.
SFU will soon be the only institution outside of Siemens’ German headquarters to teach the design of automated systems through level 3 certification in the program. Levels 1 and 2 equip participants to understand, service and plan automated systems, with each level building on the other. Many of the program’s participants are SFU students but interested members of the public and industry can also apply.
This month, a cohort of students are visiting from China to take part in level 1. They’ll interact with classroom-sized industrial training systems and learn to troubleshoot when things go wrong — such as when a part gets stuck in a stack, or a component loses power. The training systems they’re using mimic today’s automated factories.