What is Mechatronics?2018-04-26T17:50:52-04:00

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is often defined as a way of thinking or method and not as a technology.

Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of precision mechanical engineering, electronic control, and systems thinking in the design of products and processes.

Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) provided at SVAM-CoE is a comprehensive industry skills certification recognized by industries across the nation. Siemens is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mechatronic and automated systems.
Level 2: Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Associate

The Level 2 student will characteristically be knowledgeable of a machine operating system as a whole, but can also dive in and work with system components, as well as understand how all the components work together. For students to become a Siemens Certified Systems Associate, students must complete the following 6 courses:

  • Process Control Technologies
  • Introduction to Totally Integrated Automation
  • Automation Systems
  • Motor Control
  • Mechanics & Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing Processes

Only by successfully passing the Level 2 Certification Examination will the student be awarded the certification of Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Associate.

Siemens Level 1 training is offered through our partner community colleges:

Southwest Virginia Community College | Virginia Highlands Community College | Wytheville Community College

Program Information

Manufacturing, packaging and other systems are becoming more complex and pervasive, and more knowledge is required to design, operate and maintain them than ever before. Complex mechatronic systems are the nexus of mechanical, electrical, and computerized technologies. There is a growing need for qualified people at all levels of your organization with up-to-date knowledge of integrated mechatronic systems. A world leader in mechatronic engineering, Siemens AG has responded to this need by creating an industry certification program that will help students, teachers, and institutions.

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is designed to be integrated into existing forms of study and is divided into three exam-based levels. Each level is directly tied to a job profile that clearly defines what certified personnel should be able to do.

Siemens Technik Akademie administrates the program and works with partner institutions worldwide to implement the program. Regardless of where on the globe your people live and work, a Siemens certification will signify their world-class technical training. 

Quick entry into the technical job market

The certification levels provide clear job profiles which will help students get a foot in the door in this exciting area of leading-edge technology. Designed to be integrated into college or university curriculum, Siemens Professional Education Partners can integrate the certification courses into a program of study leading to an advanced degree. A foot in the door can lead to a diploma in the hand. 

Internationally recognized

Regardless of where in the world you live and work, Siemens certification verifies that you have a world-class technical background.  

Quick entry into the technical job market

Further Documentation about  the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP)

Global Skills through local engagement

Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program
Industry Information

Job Profile Level 2

Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assoc.

Frequently asked Questions

About the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP)

Why is Siemens offering a certification program in mechatronic systems?2018-04-26T00:26:53-04:00

Due to the increased use of Mechatronic technology in a variety of industries, there is a clear
need for a comprehensive Mechatronic Systems certification that incorporates international
industry standards. Siemens is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mechatronic and
automated systems and has over 20 years of experience in Mechatronics education and over
100 years in technical education in general thanks to the history and traditions of the German
vocational and technical education system. This combination of both industrial and educational
expertise makes Siemens an ideal provider/partner and competent authority to offer a
certification program in Mechatronic Systems to your school or institution.

Why is the ‘System Approach’ teaching paradigm the foundation of SMSCP?2018-05-21T15:36:57-04:00

Mechatronics is not only the marriage of electrical, mechanical and computer technologies; it is
also a philosophy for looking at the entire system. Under traditional methods of teaching
Mechatronics, students learn about each of these fields separately from one another. This
system of isolated teaching oftentimes results in the student having little appreciation or
understanding regarding the inter relationships between the different technical subsystems
found in most modern production or manufacturing systems.

Under the System Approach, students learn about the complexities of the system in a holistic
fashion. Starting at the macro level, students first see the full system and learn about its overall
function. From there, they study the mechanical, electrical, and controller subsystems. They
learn about the components contained within each subsystem, their interrelationships to one
another, and how these interrelationships drive the overall operation of the complete system.
So from day one, students are continually working with a complete mechatronic system. This
‘system approach’ teaching ensures that they always keep the “big picture” of mechatronic
systems in view. At the Technik Akademie Berlin, they have been developing and using this approach successfully for several years to train Siemens employees and thus know from firsthand experience its high level of effectiveness.

How were the SMSCP Job Profiles developed?2018-04-26T00:24:01-04:00

Each job profile is the result of approximately one year of research and synthesis to formulate a description of what the Certified Assistants, Associates, and Professionals should be able to do after having passed their certification exam. The Job Profiles were developed based on input from Siemens factory heads and human resource directors from around the world, as well as together with government workforce qualification authorities in several countries. In addition, we collected input from several professors, authors, and researchers in the field of vocational education.

Who can offer the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification program?2018-05-21T15:38:01-04:00

Only Siemens-certified Partner Schools can offer the SMSCP Program and the Siemens-administered certification exams to students.

How is the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program structured?2018-04-26T00:14:27-04:00

SMSCP offers 3 certification levels:

Level I: Mechatronic Systems Assistant- the ‘intelligent Machine Operator’
Level II: Mechatronic Systems Associate- the ‘skilled Systems Technician’
Level III: Mechatronic Systems Professional- the ‘university-level Systems Engineer’

The content for each certification level is based on specific job profiles that detail core competencies and skills that successful candidates should be able to apply ‘on-the-job’ upon certification. While these levels are certainly ‘stackable’, they can also stand alone. It is not necessary for a student to complete a lower Level certification to advance on to a higher Level certification. Partner schools have the discretion to determine which approach to use and how to define eligibility criteria for each level.

Is the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program recognized throughout industry?2018-04-26T00:11:42-04:00

Large and small companies, industrial organizations and associations, schools and government agencies have all recognized the SMSCP as being essential for the future idea of manufacturing and mechatronic systems education and operation. Companies from major automotive manufacturers to steelmakers have started to demand SMSCP certifications for their employees and applicants.