Ayman Elnaggar, Senior Instructor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science (UBC Okanagan)
- Homayoun Najjaran, Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science (UBC Okanagan)
- Dean Richert, Instructor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science (UBC Okanagan)
- Carolyn Szostak, Associate Professor, Psychology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences (UBC Okanagan)
- Chen Feng, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science (UBC Okanagan)
Full Title: Developing an Integrated Flexible Learning Model for Mechatronics & Industry 4.0 Certifications at UBC Okanagan
It is becoming increasingly important for students to graduate with strong theoretical knowledge, critical thinking proficiency, and with practical skills that support manufacturing growth as outlined in recent BC Job Plans. The project responds to this challenge by developing innovative and flexible learning modules that integrate the Festo curricula into the existing engineering curricula.
The project builds on initial discussions and a concept paper between UBCO and Festo, a leader in advanced manufacturing automation, Industry 4.0, and Mechatronics, to establish the first Festo training and certification center of Western Canada at UBCO. Festo Didactic, the educational division of Festo, has developed an in-depth curriculum complemented with applied experiential learning that ensure students have internationally recognized qualifications upon completion of Festo certification.
Additional rich supplementary learning resources will be developed that will allow the Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering students enrolled in the Mechatronics Option, and the Manufacturing Engineering students on both UBC campuses to follow different learning pathways that guide them to qualify for the Festo certification along their engineering degrees. The result will be a program that significantly improves the employability of UBCO graduates worldwide without compromising students’ wellness. Festo fully supports this project and is excited to collaborate with UBCO and make their educational resources available for UBCO.
This is a unique project in Canada which will serve as a model that can be replicated in other faculties and academic institutions, paving the way for UBCO to become a leader and partner in future implementations in Canada and globally.