Title “Development of curricula and innovative training tools for industrial automation systems for people employed in SMEs” - AutoMatic
Project Number 2009-1BG1-LEO05-01640
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The general aim of AutoMatic project was to develop an innovative training approach and the respective tools in the field of industrial automation systems which to be applicable in European SMEs. The developed under the project products assist SME employees who want to improve their qualification or re-qualify and will increase their flexibility with respect to market demands and successful realization on the common labour market.
The new technologies, based on information technology automation, robotics and electrical drives have profoundly changed the industrial production and energy conservation principles. In order to utilize the improved technologies, SMEs need highly qualified staff, competent in operating with the new machines and in managing sophisticated production processes. The current project addresses the problem of low and incongruous qualification of staff employed in SMEs in terms of industrial automation systems and operating with new technologies.
The general aim of AutoMatic project is to develop an innovative training approach including curricula and respective tools in the field of industrial automation systems which to be applicable in European SMEs. Target groups of the project are employees in SMEs who want to improve their qualification or re-qualify, as well as unemployed people who want to gain initial competences.
AutoMatic was developed in close cooperation between five partners from four countries. The partnership includes two technical universities - Technical University of Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), one international university focused in ICT - Luiss University (Italy), one research institution – MERIG (Austria) and one SME consulting company – ECQ Ltd. (Bulgaria). All partners have the necessary experience not only in the respective professional area they occupy but also in transnational cooperation in different EU projects and programmes.
The tangible outcomes from the project include developed training curricula for industrial automation systems and printed books with training materials, as well as interactive training tools sourced on project web-site and on a CD. The diversity of languages of the project products will allow them to be accessed by all interested parties.
The intangible outcomes of the project include increasing the flexibility of SME employees who want to improve their qualification, ensuring the successful realization of the target groups on the labour market, increasing the motivation of target groups and their commitment for life-long learning and career planning.
The project will have an impact on the quality of vocational training in SMEs and international co-operation in the area of industrial automation systems.
The project AutoMatic has developed a training approach and respective materials and tools in the field of industrial automation systems which are applicable in European SMEs. AutoMatic builds upon an existing approach developed in the pilot project “International Curricula of Mechatronics and Training Materials for Initial Vocational Training” for vocational schools developed by Tallinn Technical University, Estonia.
Information and communication technologies, automation and robotics have changed and are changing processes in industry. In parallel also on the scientific and vocational education level the integration of different fields like mechanics, electronics and information technologies (mechatronics) is practiced since years. Nevertheless many, especially small, enterprises have rather conservative approaches to new technologies and interdisciplinarity and thereby miss many opportunities by utilizing improved technologies. SMEs need highly qualified staff, competent in operating with new machines and in managing sophisticated production processes.
AutoMatic project addresses the problem of low or missing overview about possibilities offered by industrial automation systems. It adapts and develops approaches and learning materials targeted specifically to SMEs to basically qualify staff in terms of industrial automation systems.
The developed under the project products assist SME employees who want to improve their qualification or re-qualify and will increase their flexibility with respect to market demands and successful realization on the common labour market. In addition, the project will foster the development of a high quality VET by shifting the focus from teaching-technique approach to learning-oriented approach.
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
material for open learning
-> Training curricula for course on industrial automation systems developed especially for people employed in SMEs – there is one curriculum for the whole course, as well as separate syllabus for each of 5 training modules.
-> A complete training course on Industrial Automation comprising the following 5 modules:
Module 1: "ICT Based Means for Automation and Innovation"
Module 2: "Sensors in Industrial Automation"
Module 3: "Actuators in Industrial Automation"
Module 4: "Application of PLC in Industrial Automation"
Module 5: "Industrial Networks and Interfaces in Automation Systems"
-> Web site with interactive training tools complementary to the paper version of the materials. In order to make web site more interactive, the practical exercises for corresponding to the theoretical materials are also animated. For people who want to check what they have learned there is multiple-choice self-test with a large pool of questions.