European Production Engineering Certification
Short info about EPRODEC on the right side of this page.
Granted by the EU Programme Leonardo da Vinci, a two-year pilot project, EPRODEC (European Production Engineering Certification) has been started in February 2007. The aim of EPRODEC is to provide an appropriate “European Label” to the graduates of the accredited Production Engineering (PE) programme. The objective is to develop an accreditation system and organization that will implement the certification process for education and training within the field of Production Engineering all over Europe. Creating a unified accreditation system will make it easier to compare qualifications and skills.
Partners in EPRODEC
- KTH, Sweden Project coordinator
- Universität Dortmund/ Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (IUL), Germany
- Oxford Research, Denmark
- Centro Technologico Tekniker, Spain
- FEANI, European Federation of national Engineering Associations, Belgium
- Tallinn University of Technology
- SMR, Swedish Association of Swedish Engineers, Sweden
- University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
In order to develop and to specify a Curriculum and a European Certification System for Production Engineers, the pilot project EPRODEC (European Production Engineering Certification) was started in February 2007. The project which is granted by the EU Programme Leonardo da Vinci will continue for two years and the partnership consists of representatives from Universities, European Federations and Organisations. The aim of EPRODEC is to provide an appropriate “European Label” to the graduates of the accredited Production Engineering (PE) programme in conformity to the framework specified by the EUR−ACE Standards for the Accreditation of Engineering programmes. The objective is to develop an accreditation system and organization that will implement the certification process for education and training within the field of Production Engineering all over Europe. Creating a unified accreditation system will ease up the mobility among production engineers since it makes it easier to compare qualifications and skills.
The long term goal is to improve skills and qualifications in basic PE up to B.Sc. level on purpose to promote the employment reliability and the trans-national mobility. This will be facilitated via a European Certification. For this goal the EPRODEC will establish a transparent training and certification system to improve students' professional qualification for a common European labour market. Organisational structure, quality assurance, methodology and rules for important areas such as E−learning, distance work, mentorship, collecting and recycling valuable information from retiring workers will be dealt with in the project. This will undoubtedly strengthen the quality in VET (Vocational Education and Training) systems and practices.
Accreditation system and organization
The main goal of EPRODEC is to establish a unitary, transparent European training and certification system for Production Engineers based upon EUR−ACE Framework Standards for the Accreditation of Engineering Programmes. In the EPRODEC project the EUR−ACE framework standards will be applied for Production Engineering.
The major elements in the EPRODEC system are:
- An educational plan – “EPRODEC Curriculum”.
- An educational package – “ EPRODEC Educational resources”.
- Procedures and practices for assurance and maintenance of academic standard – “the Quality Assurance Manual”.
- A European organizational structure – “EPRODEC Accreditation Body”.
- A validation instrument to attest acquired knowledge of both educators and trainees – “the European Production Engineer Certificate .
In Figure 1 the EPRODEC organization structure is outlined.
The EPRODEC accreditation body (see Figure 1) and its central agency, the European Accreditation Office for Production Engineering within FEANI, will act for the management of the certification process, analysis and dissemination of information for the improvement of the quality of VET (Vocational Education and Training) in production engineering.
The organization will actively strive to mobilise VET resources in production engineering throughout the European Union to provide high quality evaluation of production education and training, to supervise training programmes and to provide useful and clear information to Certification Institutions. The central agency will coordinate efficient and transparent procedures to allow timely access and to license competent institutions to promote and uphold the standards.
The curriculum framework for production engineering certification was developed in a previous LdV project, EPRODE. The Certification makes it possible to specify and maintain the realistic and European standards of professional competence for a common European education and training in Production Engineering. The Certificate is the final proof that the student has the ability and necessary qualifications working as a Production Engineer. It is a driver's license for the field of Production Engineering and the final stage of an iterative procedure. The certification system will not only be a grading system, but it is also an instrument for specifying and dealing with different activities during the education and training.
The EPRODEC curriculum focuses on modular programme of study, and outlines the intended knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes of a student completing that particular module. EPRODEC curriculum consists of 12 modules, each of them rated at 15 ECTS (see Figure 2).
EPRODEC modular structure is based upon a unitary combination of theoretical or basic knowledge necessary to understand competence courses, practical activities performed in laboratory or industrial companies, language and culture courses to enlarge the European dimension (see Figure 3). Emphasis has also been placed on the communication skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in both technical and non-technical courses.
The degree of standardization of the European production engineering program will be reflected by curricula, educational material, resources, quality assurance system and the process for continual programme review. However, high flexibility is ensured to adapt to national industry demands and to shape student identities in the light of structural features of different national industry profiles.
For more information please contact:
EPRODEC-Project coordinator: Ove Bayard
KTH / Royal Institute of Technology / Department of Production Engineering
100 44 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 790 6360