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Mechatronics Competency Model

The Berks and Lancaster County Workforce Investment Boards worked with Reading Area Community College and other community and technical colleges around the country to define the skill standards, the curriculum, and career paths that lead to a mechatronics engineering technologist. In collaboration with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) the results of those efforts were formatted into a competency model for the Mechatronics Industry. The validation of the work of this partnership and the model through the sponsorship of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) connects this field with the packaging industry, a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide needing workers with a sophisticated skill set. PMMI has committed to working with its partners to keep the model up-to-date.

In 2017, the model was revised to incorporate foundational workplace health and safety skills from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Program designed to help protect America's workforce and create safe, healthy, and productive workplaces. The updated CMC competencies were reviewed and validated by subject matter experts identified by PMMI.

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Mechatronics is the synergistic application of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, controls engineering, and computer science to make useful products. It emphasizes troubleshooting of automated machinery with a systems point of view. For more information, download the Summary of Changes.

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Mechatronics Competency Model

Mechatronics Building Blocks Pyramid

<strong>1.1 Interpersonal Skills</strong> Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others. <strong>1.2 Integrity</strong> Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. <strong>1.3 Professionalism</strong> Maintaining a socially acceptable demeanor. <strong>1.4 Initiative</strong> Demonstrating a willingness to work. <strong>1.5 Dependability and Reliability</strong> Displaying responsible behaviors at work. <strong>1.6 Lifelong Learning</strong> Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. <strong>2.1 Reading</strong> Understanding written English sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents. <strong>2.2 Writing</strong> Using standard English to compile information and prepare written reports. <strong>2.3 Mathematics</strong> Using principles of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve problems. <strong>2.4 Science</strong> Knowing and applying scientific principles and methods to solve problems. <strong>2.5 Communication-Listening and Speaking</strong> Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. <strong>2.6 Critical and Analytical Thinking</strong> Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. <strong>2.7 Basic Computer Skills</strong> Using a computer and related applications to input and retrieve information. <strong>3.1 Business Fundamentals</strong> Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. <strong>3.2 Teamwork</strong> Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. <strong>3.3 Planning and Organizing</strong> Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. <strong>3.4 Problem Solving and Decision Making</strong> Applying critical-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. <strong>3.5 Checking, Examining, and Recording</strong> Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic format. <strong>3.6 Working with Tools and Technology</strong> Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. <strong>4.1 Design and Development</strong> Research and design for the application of technology to monitor and control the production of goods and services. <strong>4.2 Operations</strong> Set up, operate, monitor, control, and improve technology that supports production and process schedules to meet customer requirements. <strong>4.3 Maintenance, Installation, and Repair</strong> Maintain and optimize technology in support of process or manufacturing equipment and systems. <strong>4.4 Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement</strong> Ensure product and process meets quality system requirements as defined by customer specifications. <strong>4.5 Health, Safety, Security, and Environment</strong> Equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment. <strong>5.1 Mechatronics</strong> Systems, processes, and standards supporting the application of integrated manufacturing systems. <strong>5.2 Mechanical</strong> Principles and application of mechanical components used in manufacturing machinery and systems. <strong>5.3 Electrical</strong> Principles and application of electrical systems in a manufacturing environment. <strong>5.4 Computers</strong> Hardware, programmable logic controllers, databases, networks, and programming. <strong>5.5 Controls</strong> Using hardware and software to maintain consistent operation of processes, unit operations and systems of processes and unit operations. <strong>5.6 Industrial Safety</strong> Mechatronic system safety and reliability. Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles