Challenger engineers a training first

Monday, 07 October 2013

Engineering a training firstChallenger has this semester welcomed its first cohort of students studying a discipline that combines the skills of electrical and mechanical engineering.

They will develop skills related to research, design, implementation and maintenance of intelligent engineered products enabled by the integration of mechanical, electronic, computer, and software engineering technologies.

The skills sets covered in Challenger’s course are aligned with the diploma and advanced diploma of engineering. Students have the option to continue their studies part-time to achieve the diploma qualifications.

“Manufacturing is high on the national agenda and graduates with the skills to program and maintain equipment that combines mechanical and electrical systems are a valuable asset to the sector,” Challenger’s program manager engineering Mervyn Wilson said.

The course is run over 20 weeks, comprising one four-hour evening class per week.

Many mechatronic engineers work with the electronic and computer control systems upon which nearly all machinery relies on for efficient and reliable operation. All modern aircraft, cars and appliances rely on mechatronic engineering.

Mechatronic engineers build and design these systems and need expertise in computing and electronics, core mechanical engineering knowledge, and the ability to bring these together to make working systems that meet the safety and reliability levels we take for granted.

Challenger’s applied engineering training boasts some of the most comprehensive facilities for training in WA, with state-of-the-art workshops and specialist mechatronics equipment unique among local training and higher education institutes.

Students who graduate with an Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Technical) are granted one-year advanced standing in a related Curtin University degree.

Global recognition

A world of employment opportunity also awaits graduates of Challenger’s Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) after the course was bestowed with international recognition by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA).

The course last year became the first vocational course of its kind in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia, an accreditation that has now been elevated to international standards by the IEA’s Dublin Accord.

“This recognition is unique among engineering programs in Registered Training Organisations in Australia,” Mr Wilson said.

“Student mobility improves markedly for advanced diploma graduates, who will possess qualifications that are recognised and highly regarded internationally.”

Signed recently in Seoul, South Korea, the Dublin Accord sets international standards for the graduate outcomes and professional accreditation of para-professional engineering education programs.

PHOTO CAPTION: Student Mark Thompson gets to work in the mechatronics workshop.

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