2021/09/08
ID: 3848

German Center of Vocational Excellence in Mechatronics at Festo

Professional preparation for the WorldSkills vocational championships

The Center of Vocational Excellence in Mechatronics at Festo in Esslingen, Germany, is now the official national training center for the German mechatronics team at the WorldSkills championships. "We do not only qualify our own apprentices, but also apprentices who will make up the national mechatronics team at the next WorldSkills Shanghai 2022," says Stefan Dietl, Head of Training at Festo.  

In the future, Germany's best mechatronics engineers of any company will train for international vocational competitions at the Festo Center of Vocational Excellence in Mechatronics. The basis for the WorldSkills competitions and mechatronics training in general are the Modular Production Systems (MPS) of Festo Didactic. WorldSkills has been relying on this mechatronic learning solution used in the competitions since 1991.

Modular Production System as a Basis

On the MPS learning system, apprentices and students learn basic skills as well as specialist knowledge in automation technology and mechatronics. As a miniaturized production line, the stations provide an insight into the interaction of successive processes in an industrial production environment. The tasks consist of setting up and commissioning the plant: connecting the components, installing the sensors, and programming the processes. These essential skills form the basis for further qualification in state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 technologies such as control technology, web shop, artificial intelligence, and robotics at the more complex MPS learning factory.

Festo es un actor global y una empresa familiar independiente con sede en Esslingen am Neckar (Alemania). Desde sus inicios, Festo ha marcado pautas en la tecnología de automatización industrial y en la formación técnica, contribuyendo así al desarrollo sostenible del medio ambiente, la economía y la sociedad. La empresa suministra tecnología de automatización neumática y eléctrica a 300.000 clientes de automatización de fábricas y procesos en más de 35 sectores. El sector LifeTech, con la tecnología médica y la automatización de laboratorios, es cada vez más importante. Los productos y servicios están disponibles en 176 países de todo el mundo. En todo el mundo, unos 20.000 empleados en 61 países con más de 250 sucursales generaron unas ventas de aproximadamente 2.840 millones de euros en 2020. De esta cantidad, alrededor del 8% se invierte anualmente en investigación y desarrollo. En la empresa de aprendizaje, las medidas de formación y desarrollo representan el 1,5% de la facturación. Festo Didactic SE es un proveedor líder de educación y formación técnica y ofrece a sus clientes de todo el mundo soluciones integrales de aprendizaje digital y físico en el entorno industrial.

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Center of Vocational Excellence in Mechatronics
Hubert Romer, Managing Director of WorldSkills Germany, presenting Frank Notz, Member of the Management Board Human Resources, Festo SE & Co. KG, the official certificate for the inauguration of the Center of Vocational Excellence in Mechatronics...

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