Engineering Physics Diploma - Mechatronics
At the beginning of the 20th century, most machines were mechanical in origin. From manufacturing plants which made everything from clothes to cars, they relied on little more than the mechanical techniques of gears, pulleys, and pistons (albeit extraordinarily complex and ingenious!). The only thing electrical in most cases was the actual electricity they used to operate. Then, towards the middle of the last century, advances in both physics and material sciences allowed the advent of complex electronics, which has now culminated in the widespread use of the integrated chip. You would be hard pressed to find any kind of large scale manufacturing that does not utilize electronics in some way. Indeed one need look no further than the automobile to see the changes.
Up until about the mid 1980's, the only electronic component in a typical car was it's radio; everything else was mechanical. From the brakes to the carburetor, cars ran on mechanical parts - indeed people who repaired cars were known as "mechanics'' (or "gearheads'' to some). If one were to look at the modern automobile, many of the mechanical mechanisms have been replaced by electronic ones: anti-lock brakes, fuel injection, electronic ignition and transmission. So the modern car is part Mechanical, and part Electronic: these words are the origin of the term Mechatronics.
These days mechatronics not only includes mechanics and electronics, but also the computer software needed to interface the two. From control systems to actuators to Computer Aided Design (CAD), modern engineering and manufacturing relies on the new discipline of mechatronics. As the world around us becomes more and more complex, there is now a large demand for a workforce which has not only the hands-on skill set to build devices, but a strong academic background needed to design new and better devices. This is where the UFV Diploma in Engineering Physics with a specialization in mechatronics fits in.
After two years in the the UFV program (which begins after a first year of math and physics at the university level), successful graduates of this diploma program will have the knowledge and skills desired by employers, and should readily be able to find employment with no further study. However, if students are interested in learning more, they can easily extend their studies by a year (or sometimes two) and complete a BSc degree in physics. Sound interesting? Check out the links on this site for more information on the program, or go directly to the Calendar to get more information. Don't wait too long, as the program is currently limited to 18 students per year, so apply now!