Study Programmes of the Velenje Higher Vocational College – Mechatronics

The college in the Slovenian town of Velenje has been functioning for more than 20 years. During this time, it has become one of the most prestigious educational institutions of professional education in the country. In the Velenje College, both Slovenian and foreign students are trained. Mechatronics is one of the most popular study programmes among students. This is a very promising profession, which provides college graduates with ample opportunities for employment in companies and manufacturing enterprises in Slovenia, other European countries and countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Mechatronics Is a Profession of the 21st Century

The emergence of this relatively new profession in the labour market has become the exigencies of modern times. The term “mechatronics” derives from the merger of words “mechanics” and “electronics”. However, the field of knowledge that covers this scientific and engineering programme is not limited only to mechanics and electronics. Engineers with a degree in mechatronics are multidisciplinary specialists. They have knowledge in such areas as computer technology, information technology, electronics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

All possible robots, which are involved in modern production, have hardware components, electronic components and information support. Today it is impossible to manage the robotic system possessing knowledge only in one of the following fields: engineering, electronics or computer science. The Mechatronics study programme is attractive in that it unites several spheres. The choice of this programme becomes an excellent solution for entrants who think about successful employment after graduation from college.

Mechatronic systems have become widely used in mass production. They are actively applied in the space, aviation and defence industry, in the automotive industry, machine building and instrument making, robotics and other sectors of the economy. According to the forecasts of the world’s leading labour market experts, the volume of production of mechatronic systems in developed countries will only increase in the future. It is not surprising that this study programme enjoys increasing demand in Europe and beyond. Mechatronics is rightly called a profession of the 21st century.

Features and Prospects of the Profession

While studying under the Mechatronics programme, students undergo combined training. In the process of studying, they acquire the necessary knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment, as well as master practical skills. Graduated specialists in the field of mechatronics are able to solve actual problems in the field of mechatronics and robotic systems for various purposes. In production, their functions can include the design, development, operation and diagnostics of automatic machines and robotic systems.

In Europe and within the post-Soviet space, the demand for specialists in mechatronics exceeds the supply. Graduates of this study programme can find work in a desired country as a programmer in the field of mechatronic systems, a developer of mechatronic devices, a foreman of a production site, and an engineer. With career growth in the future, you can become a project manager, a head of the technical support department, a head of the corporate structural division.

Why to Study in the Velenje College

Students from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus feel comfortable while studying in Slovenia, because they come to a country similar in culture and mentality. The town of Velenje, in which the college is located, has about 27 thousand inhabitants. It is famous for its medieval sights and picturesque surroundings. Opening of the college allowed the town to become one of the leading centres of Slovenia in vocational education.

The educational institution in Velenje has modern educational and material resources. The college has well-equipped laboratories with the latest equipment, a library, a reading room, and a virtual classroom. The teaching staff is distinguished by a high level of professionalism. Many teachers have work experience in production. They combine teaching activities and work in companies that are leaders in their fields.

The training of students under the Mechatronics study programme is conducted in the Slovenian language. Anyone wishing to enter the college can attend Slovenian language courses. A full-time study programme in Mechatronics lasts for 2 years, while a part-time programme lasts for 2.5 years. The academic year for full-time students lasts 34 weeks. During 24 weeks, there are lectures, seminars and laboratory classes. 10 weeks are allocated to practice.

The emphasis on industrial practice is an important feature of the Velenje College. This educational institution actively cooperates with the leading enterprises and companies of the region. During their practice, college students not only master professional skills and abilities, but also find useful contacts and relations. In addition, regular visits to various enterprises are organized for students to get acquainted with the organization of their activities.

The academic process in the college is arranged according to a modular system. Within a few weeks, students study one or two subjects. A small number of students in each academic group makes it possible to provide an individual approach to the training of students. At the end of each module, it is necessary to pass exams on the studied subjects. If students do not pass the exam, they can have a second try in January, June and September.

It is worth mentioning that the students of the Velenje College, who are studying under the Mechatronics programme, can go to study in other European countries within the Erasmus+ project. To study on exchange programmes, students can choose Malta, Spain, Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.

Possibilities of Obtaining Additional Education

Among the advantages of studying in the Velenje College under the Mechatronics programme, there is a possibility of obtaining an international license for maintenance of PART 66 aircraft. Applicant, who have decided to receive this license, must inform about their decision upon admission to the educational institution. After completing the basic programme, graduates receive a confirmation of 6 modules (subjects) and 800 hours of practice at Solinair (Brnik Airport) completed during the two-year study course.

To obtain the license, they must pass 7 more modules and 320 hours of special practice in the same Solinair Company. Receiving an additional degree costs from 900 to 3,000 euros. The price depends on the type of aircraft, for which candidates want to obtain the maintenance license. The international license for PART 66 is valid in all EU countries and in the USA. It allows getting a job as an aeromechanic engineer in any aviation company.

On our website, you can get acquainted with other educational programmes offered by the Velenje College. We remind you that the second round of admission to the college will be held in August 2018. If you have any questions related to the enrolment in this institution of vocational education as well as other educational institutions in Slovenia, you can get a free consultation with 2TM experts.

Alexander Lysov

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