The next chapter in the multi-faceted partnership between Algonquin College and Siemens Canada was made official today as the organizations announced a new collaboration aimed at addressing the technical skills gap in Canada and accelerating implementation of Industrie 4.0 advanced manufacturing concepts. Algonquin students will soon have access to two new advanced skills programs to further prepare them for the workplace of the future; the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification and the Dual-Education enhanced co-op program, both to be offered through the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA).
Beginning later this year, Algonquin College will offer students the globally recognized Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification program. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer software technologies as well as control and systems theory into a single system used in production and manufacturing. In practical terms, Mechatronics is a holistic, hands-on approach to automation that can improve efficiency, productivity and quality and ultimately decrease time to market. Industries that benefit greatly from a Mechatronics system include aerospace, materials processing, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.
“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary at Algonquin College, we want to build on our past successes and keep our eyes focused on the future — and this agreement, part of a much wider partnership we have with Siemens Canada, helps us achieve that,” said Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen. “These programs forecast ahead, giving our learners the opportunity to perfect cutting-edge skills that are going to put them at the forefront of the next wave of technological advances in multiple sectors.”
Algonquin College will also become an official partner school of the SCETA Dual Education program, an enhanced skills training and career-start plan that offers students an enhanced co-op program at Siemens Canada during their final two years of study and the opportunity for full-time employment with Siemens upon graduation.
“The manufacturing sector in Canada and globally is changing rapidly as the industry enters the fourth industrial revolution, or Industrie 4.0,” said Robert Hardt, CEO, Siemens Canada. “This new era emphasizes digitization and companies will require qualified, highly-skilled graduates with the right mix of skills which these programs will offer them. We are thrilled to have a long-term sustainable education partner in Algonquin College who shares a commitment to Canada’s future.”
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