How does my educational institution become a Siemens-certified Partner School?
Only a selected number of schools and institutions engaging with SMSCP become Partner Schools. These schools and institutions demonstrate a commitment to advancing Mechatronic Systems knowledge and providing quality technical education programs to their local communities.
To become SMSCP Partner School, your school or institution must have the following:
- At least 2 Siemens-certified SMSCP Instructors on staff at the time of the partnership agreement.
- An on-site, fully operational Mechatronic Training System which meets the hardware requirements of the SMSCP for the practical, hands-on training parts of the program
- English as the instructional language of the program
- Must have a written partnership agreement with Siemens
How does the Siemens Technik Akademie (STA) Berlin support the implementation of the SMSCP?
The Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin provides support to Partner Schools and potential Partner Schools at every stage of the implementation process. In the earlier stages, we engage in intense conversations with you over your goals for the program and share STA knowledge and experiences. During the Instructor Certification Courses, we include implementation discussions to encourage your instructors to discuss the best approaches to incorporate the SMSCP curriculum into your current programs. We offer an Administrators’ program that provides substantive background on SMSCP’s educational philosophy, and addresses the practical issues of implementation (challenges, best practices, and strategies for working with businesses and industries) from an administrative/strategic planning perspective. As your program matures, we provide guidance and help troubleshoot new challenges with you. In some cases, we have been even asked to provide on-site consulting services to Partners in need of more specific assistance.
As a partner school, Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin wants you and your programs to be successful. Thus, we offer a broad level of support to make that happen.
How is the quality of SMSCP outcomes managed by Siemens?
Siemens ensures quality outcomes for SMSCP participating schools and students by keeping control over two major aspects of the certification process. First, we have an intensive and challenging Instructor Certification process that is generally performed together with us in Berlin, Germany. During this certification process, teachers learn about the ‘System Approach’ educational theory, instructional techniques, and how to integrate this knowledge into technical curriculums. Second, we control the development and administration of the level exams - in fact, it’s the only part of the program we keep secret from our partner schools. This allows for an objective assessment and validation of the technical competence and the systematic thinking of the students. Through these mechanisms we are able to ensure that instructors are well-versed in the necessary instructional techniques to teach mechatronic systems in an applied, integrated fashion and that students have mastered both the technical skills and the applied thinking necessary to be successful in a Mechatronics-related job.
What kind of equipment is needed to teach SMSCP courses? Does it have to be Siemens equipment?
Teaching with System Approach means that a real mechatronic training system must always be in focus. Partner schools are required to have and use a mechatronic training system on site at their teaching facility. We can provide you with a list of hardware requirements that shows all the necessary equipment. Other than Siemens PLC components which are required, the program is vendor neutral. However, we do have corporate partners who specialize in mechatronic training system equipment and are well versed in our hardware requirements. They can help you assess your needs and help you develop an ‘off the shelf’ training system that best fits your budget. Please check our partner page for more information on these vendors.