Workforce Development

Mechatronics systems certification program created

Siemens and Festo Didactic teamed up to create the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP), which is designed to help students, instructors, and learning institutions address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry.

By Siemens June 20, 2018

Siemens and Festo Didactic teamed up to create the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP), which is designed to help students, instructors, and learning institutions address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry. 

As automated systems become more complex, the need for qualified people with knowledge of integrated mechatronic systems is critical. Through the SMSCP program, Siemens and Festo Didactic are providing access to expert trainers, sophisticated learning systems, and industry-approved curriculum required for these skills. 

“The partnership between Siemens and Festo Didactic enables us to explore new methods of learning by creating an experiential hands on learning environment combined with the theoretical aspects of didactic training,” said Gail Norris, U.S. Lead Industry Learning Services. “This new approach allows us to offer a holistic and robust experience to instructors, who will go on to train the workforce of the future.” 

Thomas Lichtenberger, CEO of Festo Didactic, said, “We’re committed to designing new and exciting career pathways in the industry we’re passionate about – but that cannot be done without thoughtful and innovative considerations when it comes to how we teach our students.”

The first US-based SMSCP program for educators was held at the Siemens training center in Atlanta in June. Participating instructors had the opportunity to learn in a simulated smart factory environment, working on the latest technology with problem-solving scenarios they would encounter in real-world manufacturing environments. 

Festo Didactic

www.festo-didactic.com 

Siemens

www.siemens.com 

– Edited from a Siemens press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering education and training stories.