“ITS”, THE STRATEGIC KEY TO INNOVATION

I.T.S. are post-diploma courses conceived on a national level as a specialization opportunity to meet the increasing demand for a high level of practical, technical experience and technological competences. Such courses are organized within regional boundaries, so as to meet local territory needs, achieved thanks to the combined commitment of universities, businesses and schools, participating in a joint venture. Deeply rooted in a combination of theory and practice, ITS courses lead to the achievement of “Level 5” of the European Qualifications Framework.

ITS Mechatronics organizes courses in different towns in the Veneto region:

  • Vicenza
  • Treviso
  • Padua
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Schio – Vicenza province
  • Montebelluna – Treviso province

 

Vicenza ITS Mechatronics is the only school of its kind currently operating in Veneto, and it plays a highly important role in a technological marketplace that values “Made in Italy”.

 

WHAT IS AN ITS - ISTITUTO TECNICO SUPERIORE?
  • Multi-stakeholders Foundations, legal bodies, formally independent of state school
  • Private bodies with relevant public interest, established by Decree of the Italian Ministry of Education
  • Managed by own organs (President, Steering Committee, Executive Board, Technical/Scientific Committee, Partners’ Board)
  • Financing is a public-private mix
WHAT DOES AN ITS DO?
  • Two-year programme (2000 hours) leading to a State Diploma of HIGHER TECHNICIAN at EQF level 5
  • Short courses for training or re-training employed people
  • Refresher courses for teachers and trainers
  • Guidance and accompanying into employment
  • Research actions in the technical field
TRAINING METHODOLOGY
  • About 50 % of training delivered in company internship, according to the dual system (splitting the week)
  • 50% of teachers and trainers coming from the labour market
  • 240 hours over the two-year period for “team working”: enforced “learning-by-doing”, by dividing students into groups of 6, and assigning them the full development of a project, from concept to delivery

OUR COURSES

JOB PROFILE 1

The Automation and Mechatronic Systems Technician operates for solutions applied to build, integrate and control machinery and automatic systems intended for the most diverse types of production. This professional role uses devices which interface the machines with the programmable apparatus which controls them; he operates to program, test and put the machines into operation while recording the solutions applied. He also manages command, control and adjustment systems. Besides interacting and cooperating with the technological framework set up for the creation, production and maintenance of the devices for which his/her assistance is needed, the Automation and Mechatronic Systems Technician also oversees and takes care of the economic, regulatory and safety matters.

AT THE END OF THE TWO-YEAR COURSE, THE GRADUATE CAN:
  1. Design mechatronic systems
  2. Build and install mechatronic systems
  3. Operate mechatronic systems inside the plant
  4. Program and manage the productive maintenance of mechatronic systems
JOB PROFILE 2

The Mechanical Products and Process Innovation Technician operates in design and industrialization, also in reference to the use of materials. This professional role combines several technologies, such as Mechanics and Electronics and is engaged in construction activities, testing and documentation of automatic systems/processes. Against this background the Mechanical Products and Process Innovation Technician applies command, control and adjustment systems as well as testing, activation and failure prevention procedures. Planning and overseeing maintenance in the after-sale phase, is also a feature of this professional role, besides interacting and cooperating with the technological framework in which his assistance is needed.

AT THE END OF THE TWO-YEAR COURSE, THE GRADUATE CAN:
  1. Develop and implement design, prototypes and industrialization strategies
  2. Select proper materials, appropriate processing techniques and treatments
  3. Choose suitable machinery and processing technologies
  4. Manage post-sale and maintenance needs
JOB PROFILE 3

A Technician specialized in the digitization of industrial production systems (Industry 4.0) starting from given models can manage assembly, configuration on a physical asset, on-site testing, customer testing and subsequent updating in the life cycle of the IT components of individual automatic machines as well as of complete lines of automated systems.

This profile implies the following skills:
  1. Data acknowledgement and conversion into information (diagnostics, productivity)
  2. Data acquisition and information processing
  3. Checking the correct functioning of data integration in the company network
  4. Data transfer onto and from cloud guaranteeing data security and data integrity conditions
  5. Providing following updates and maintenance of all i.t. components in the plant life cycle
JOB PROFILE 4

A Technician specialized in the innovation of processes and products in the paper and sustainable packaging industry operates complex machines in a paper mill for the production of cellulose-based   and recycled-fiber-based paper; in paper processing, packaging and converting plants , as well as raw material supplying companies.

This profile implies the following skills:
  1. Operating on-going machines for paper production, case-maker plants for the production of boxes, paper bags and converting plants
  2. Supervising the product or the process quality
  3. Designing new products in the research and development department
  4. Coordinating all stages of technical assistance at customers’ plants

ERASMUS+

Organization and implementation of EU cooperation projects under the Programme Erasmus+

ITS internationalization strategy has developed in pursuing collaborations in international projects that relate to the teaching and training. These programmes are developed both under the umbrella of centralized and decentralized actions of the Erasmus Plus, or through other programmes, such as measures to disseminate the research projects developed in the area by partners / entities such as mecathronic founders (i.e. Confindustria Vicenza), or the mechatronics network of institutes/schools, etc.

International cooperation strategy in the field of teaching and learning within the framework of the Erasmus program, includes participation in projects related to intensive programmes, combined with the development of joint programmes of study, and cooperation in the reception of teachers and learners from other countries. 

Impact of the Mechatronics ITS participation in the Programme Erasmus+ on the modernization of the institution

The opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ are vital for students to develop the competencies they need, and professors who can strengthen teaching and research.  These activities will contribute to develop internationalisation and modernisation by:

  1. Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs. 
  2. Improving the quality and relevance of higher education.
  3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation.
  4. Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development.
  5. Improving governance and funding. 

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