Mechatronics Training

Blantyre Mechatronics Training Centre

img-3An initiative between Daimler Germany, GTZ Germany and Stansfield Motors saw the start in 2007 of an automotive mechatronics’ two year training program out of our training centre in Blantyre. The centre is currently equipped with all the latest equipment to facilitate this.

Automotive Mechatronics
Blantyre Mechatronics Training Centre, is training provider of automotive mechatronics registered with TEVETA. This is the first of its kind in Malawi and has graduated seven groups currently working for a number of organisations in the Transport Sector.

Designation of training occupation: Automobile Mechatronics Technician

Field of activity: Transport Sector
Automotive Mechatronics Technicians work in the planning, maintenance, testing, diagnosis, repair, equipping and refitting of motor vehicles in the areas of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicle, and motorcycle and vehicle communications technology. The training takes place at the Training centre and with vehicle dealerships.

Occupational skills
Motor vehicle Mechatronics Technicians carry out maintenance and repair work both independently and as part of a team, taking into account environmental protection, work safety, health protection and quality assurance, and in a customer-oriented manner.
They procure and evaluate information, plan and document their work. They analyze electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, ascertain and eliminate errors and malfunctions.
They utilize computer-aided information and communications systems for the preparation of test reports.

Motor Vehicle Mechatronics Technicians (Automotive Mechatronics Technicans)
a. Diagnose and ascertain errors and malfunctions as well as their causes;
b. Maintain, test and adjust vehicles and systems;
c. Disassemble, assemble and repair motor vehicles and motor vehicle systems, subassemblies and components;
d. Equip, adapt and retrofit motor vehicles and motor vehicle systems;
e. Examine vehicles in accordance with road traffic regulations;
f. Operate and put into service vehicles and vehicle systems;
g. Update systems and test equipment;
h. Communicate with internal and external customers in a situational appropriate manner;
i. Plan and regulate operational procedures and evaluate results;
j. Apply quality assurance measures.

All recruitment of Trainees/students are undertaken by the training centre in consultation with the sponsor(s) or parent/guardian for (self sponsored students). All recruited trainees are required to fill an agreement form attached at the end of this page.

All students are enrolled with complete details of the training calendar agreed upon during recruitment.

Entrance Requirements
Entrance into the program requires:
a. Level 3 Malawi TEVET Advanced Certificate/Grade 1 Trade test or equivalent qualification or,
At the discretion of Blantyre Mechatronics Training centre, based on previous work experience and/or qualification as validated through alignment or prior learning assessment, an apprentice will be admitted into the program.
b. An apprentice should have a MSCE certificate or equivalent qualification, with credits in Mathematics, English and at least any one science subject.
c. In addition to the above the apprentice must pass the On-line Test (ETTP) administered by the training centre.

The delivery of the course are base on the screened results of the modules whereby all modules are delivered at the Institution and just there after the trainee are attached to industry for orientation purposes.

The modules in these areas of study are intended to provide the essential requirements of the trainee to become competent. The skills acquired by the trainees are aimed at adding transformation and prepare the trainee for advancement within the transport sector. Each trainee is required to score above 50% (exams and course work) for one to be recommended for the award of the Automobile Mechatronics Diploma.

Because of its nature, the program has:
a. Structured assessment criteria
b. Flexibility in training/learning programs
c. Flexibility on learning and timed assessment

The Training Centre offers the following (Appendix A and A1):
a. A 18 month full time calendar

All trainees will attend both classes and workshops in accordance with the training calendar agreed upon at recruitment.

Normal reporting times are:
a. For classes - 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:00

a. To pay Tuition (self sponsored students)
b. To complete all required training modules as approved by TEVETA
c. To complete all assignments as approved by training institutions and industry
d. To ensure that the work experience are well documented
e. To approach apprenticeship training with an attitude and commitment that fosters the qualities necessary for a successful career as a qualified technician

Assessment is made known to all students at the start of the training semester. It comprise:

Continuous Assessment
a. Trainees undertake a series of assignments, written test, presentations, report projects and practical work. This contribute to 70% of the final grade, while 30% will be from the final examinations.

The grade focus on candidates being able to demonstrate that they can satisfactorily carry out assigned tasks unaided using the knowledge gained through the training.

b. The assessment(s) are used to monitor the learning progress of the trainee and are used as feedback on the student’s performance as needs for any support to advance the right standard for the training process.

Intermediate Examinations
i. At the end of the first semester students are examined in theoretical and practical examinations. In both examinations the pass mark is 50%.
ii. The theoretical examination are 3 hours examination conforming to the structure - Appendix C1.
iii. The practical examination will be for the workshops and the electrics and electronics laboratory and will be administered over two days.
iv. Supplementary examinations will be administered by the training Centre for all examinations on dates that will be communicated for trainees that fail to meet the pass mark.

All examinations material will be moderated by appointed moderators by TEVETA

Final Examinations
i. At the end of the full training program trainees will be assessed in theoretical and practical examinations. The pass mark in each examination will be 50%.
ii. The theoretical examination will be a 3 hours examination conforming to the structure - Appendix B.
iii. The practical examination are for the workshops, the electrics and electronics laboratory are administered over two days.
v. Supplementary examinations are administered by the training Centre for all examinations on dates that are communicated for trainees that fail to meet the pass mark. Students that fail are required to reseat at end of year (Special exams).
vi. If a student fails the special exams the student forfeits the former grades and are required to restart the training program.

All examinations and material are moderated by appointed moderators by TEVETA

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