Ontario Celebrates Opening of Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Training Centre at Seneca College
Province Growing the Economy, Investing in Jobs
Today, Ontario celebrated the opening of the Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre at Seneca College, a first-in-Ontario facility that will help students develop the cutting-edge skills they need to find jobs in the province's manufacturing sector.
Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that integrates electrical, mechanical and computer engineering to make manufacturing more efficient and productive. Graduates trained in mechatronics can access jobs in a number of manufacturing industries, including aerospace, materials processing, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.
As part of the 2015 Budget, Ontario invested $651,000 to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the new centre at Seneca, which will be used to simulate manufacturing scenarios so students can practice and improve real industry processes. The new equipment includes:
- A mechatronic manufacturing training system
- 20 simulation computers
- 10 specialized computers
- 10 industrial controllers
- 10 pneumatic robots
- 24 industrial motors.
By 2018, nearly 1,000 Seneca College students across eight programs of study will directly benefit from the Mechatronics Centre annually. This facility will open the door to broader collaboration with mechatronics-based industries, providing students with the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, potential future employers. Seneca College will build on its existing partnership with Siemens Canada, which is collaborating with the college on curriculum development, research and teaching in the field of mechatronics.
Investing in modern and innovative postsecondary infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- In February 2015 Siemens Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both Seneca College as well as Sheridan College to offer the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program.
- Since 2003, Ontario has provided approximately $1.2 billion in capital grants to colleges.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
- Supporting Seneca College’s Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre is part of Ontario’s Business Growth Initiative, which is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.
- The new Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy Expert Panel is developing a strategy to help the province’s workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven economy.
“Our government is proud to support Seneca’s new Mechatronics Centre, the first of its kind in Ontario, and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. This innovative facility will provide students with the expertise to compete for employment in Ontario’s evolving manufacturing sector, and in turn, will help industry partners find the skilled employees they need to grow their businesses.”
“Together we are helping to provide Ontario with the highly skilled graduates the province needs to continue to thrive in the complex and sophisticated world of advanced manufacturing. Our thanks to the Government of Ontario for its investment in this sophisticated teaching and learning environment and to Siemens, a global leader in advanced manufacturing and industry, for its commitment to Seneca in developing the first-of-its kind mechatronics centre in Ontario.”
“Today’s manufacturing systems are becoming ever more complex and digitalized, and there is a growing need for qualified individuals with the knowledge required to design, operate and maintain them. We have an amazing partner in Seneca and together we are delighted to open the Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre as a showcase, offering students an applied learning environment and ultimately, an engineering certification that will help prepare them for success in Canada’s top industries.”