Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147110
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project Minos** shall address teachers and training facilities which want to offer new opportunities on the future job market to specialists who are without an academic degree or with a classical professional training by using purposeful and practically oriented further education in the field of Mechatronics. A European concept for further education “Industrial Mechatronic Technician” was developed for this purpose, consisting of curricula and course documents in the form of student manual, exercise book and solution book. This concept is oriented towards an extra-occupational additional qualification and it was adapted to the various training situations of the participating seven European countries.
Minos** is a transnational project based on the preparatory work of the Minos project which expands and deepens the modular concept of further education about an additional qualification for non-academic specialists in collaboration with European partners. The concept shall mainly address training facilities or teachers for working and unemployed persons of all ages as well as persons with a migration background in the fields of Mechanical and Plant Engineering or in the interdisciplinary field of Mechatronics. Here the focus is more and more on people with a migration background whose human resources have been so far mostly unused as they lack language skills or a graduation and thus do not have an opportunity of a higher education. By using modular qualification a transnational, uniform level of education shall be achieved within the framework of the Minos concept of further training.
Currently there are a total of twelve teaching modules available with the following topics: Fundamentals, Mechatronic Systems and Components, Mechatronic Features, Commissioning, Safety, Teleservices, Remote Maintenance, Diagnosis, Robotics, Rapid Prototyping and Interfaces. The focus is not only on teaching the technical basics and on deepening mechatronic specifics, but there are also aspects of so called soft skills like social or intercultural expertise involved in the teaching documents.
Each teaching module is made up of three components: the course book with the content to be taught, the exercise book for the students to review the lessons learned as well as the solution or trainer book supporting the teacher with didactic information. The modular design of the contents stands for use specific to requirements so that the individual contents can be used separately. Additionally the modular design of the contents allows for a constant expansion of new contents as well as the translation in other European languages.
Minos** is meant to be a continuation of the previous Minos project and an extension of the existing concept for further education. Here the goal was not only an extension of the contents of the Minos concept but also a linguistic extension. Four other teaching modules were added to the eight teaching modules of the previous project. As a result twelve teaching modules are available. Based on the results of the previous “Minos” project, the teaching modules nine to twelve were created by collaboration of the 15 European partners. The topics include “Rapid Prototyping”, “Robotics”, “Migration within the European Union” and “Interfaces”. The structure is also based on the existing teaching modules. This means that a teaching module consists of a teaching book, an exercise book for students as well as a solution or trainer manual. These teaching modules are available in seven European languages (German, English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish). The existing teaching modules one to eight were translated into the new partner languages for completion. In the translation process it was important to adapt technical terms or proper names according to the understanding of the respective country. The technical expertise and the professional competence of the project partners ensured the quality of the teaching modules. All parties involved are active in professionally relevant fields, for example in training or in the mechatronic industry. By adding aspects of soft skills to the technical basics and the mechatronic topics, a comparable training shall be guaranteed in Europe, thus facilitating migration. Furthermore potential employers have the opportunity to check and increase the training level of their employees as needed.
Users of the Minos concept are mainly meant to be facilities of further education, integration projects, education facilities, non-governmental organisations or businesses, primarily small and medium-sized businesses of Plant and Mechanical Engineering which plan to perform appropriate qualifications concerning further education in Mechatronics.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
material for open learning
After completion of the project Minos**, a total of twelve teaching modules are available in seven languages and they are oriented towards the additional qualification of specialists in the field of Mechatronics. Each teaching module includes a teaching book with the contents to be taught, an exercise book for deepening the lessons learned as well as a solution or trainer manual with didactic information. Basics in Mathematics and Physics are taught in addition to technical topics of Mechatronics. These technical teaching modules are supplemented by soft skill contents e.g. for project management as well as by social or cultural competences. Thus the concept allows for an expansion of the technical and methodical competences on the one hand and for an expansion of individual and social competences on the other hand. On the project homepage excerpts of the teaching modules are available for free in the relevant languages.
Extent of the teaching concept:
Module 1 Fundamentals (215 pages, 58 figures)
Module 2 Social Behaviour, cross cultural Training, Project Management and Organisation (224 pages, 19 figures)
Module 3 Fluidics (216 pages, 126 figures)
Module 4 Electrical Drives and Controls (212 pages, 74 figures)
Module 5 Mechatronic Components (243 pages, 139 figures)
Module 6 Mechatronic Systems (231 pages, 117 figures, 9 tables)
Module 7 Commissioning/ Safety and Teleservices (32 pages, 3 figures)
Module 8 Remote Maintenance and Diagnostics (26 pages, 7 figures, 1 table)
Module 9 Rapid Prototyping (133 pages, 42 figures, 1 table)
Module 10 Robotics (159 pages, 168 figures, 8 tables)
Module 11 Migration (156 pages, 16 figures)
Module 12 Interfaces (146 pages, 57 figures)