Development of an aviation aerospace mechatronics technician curriculum




SteamUp Education unveils European Aviation Mechatronics Technician (AMTech) Curriculum to Transform Workforce Development

SteamUp Education (hosted by DroneMasters Academy - Berlin), in collaboration with industry partners from Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland and Latvia, proudly announced the launch of the European Aviation Mechatronics Technician (AMTech) Curriculum. This joint initiative co-sponsored by European Union through the ERASMUS research grant, is set to revolutionize workforce development for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV), and Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) industries in Europe.

The AMTech project is a response to the challenges in keeping up with the pace of rapid advancements in technology and the demands of the modern workforce. In a world marked by continuous technological progress and societal transformation, education and vocational training must adapt to equip individuals of all ages with the skills needed for the jobs of the future.

The proposed curriculum represents a groundbreaking initiative aimed at bridging the skills gap in the industry. It was jointly developed by industry leaders who understand the evolving needs of this sector.

The objective of the AMTech project was set out to:

  • Upgrade competences and skills of VET learners to be able to find a job in the growing aviation industry.
  • Help VET learners to gain the right skills that Europe can strengthen its position in global competition and have a sustained economic relaunch geared towards a green and digital transition.
  • Identify trends and dynamics in the aviation industry sector and developing a new professional profile of an aviation mechatronics technician (AMTech) in alignment with ESCO through the cooperation between educational institutions and SME and chambers of industry and crafts.
  • Create a new and innovative curriculum of the AMTech specifically designed for labor market needs.
  • Develop the “European Aviation Aerospace Mechatronics Passport – EAAMP” to codify the most relevant profile and occupational features of the new profession by highlighting the competences knowledge and skills required by future aviation industry.

At the heart of the AMTech Curriculum is a commitment to lifelong learning, a cornerstone of adapting to the changing employment landscape. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of electrification, autonomy, and sustainability in the aviation and aerospace sector, aligning with the transformative trends outlined in the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) report on global trends 2030. As global trends shift toward sustainable aviation and drones, the AMTech Curriculum is positioned to play a vital role in shaping the future workforce of the industry.

At the inaugural STEAMUP EDUCATION! Conference, industry leaders, educators, and innovators gathered to explore alternative approaches to education and training for the age of transformation. The event was attended by speakers from EASA, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney and Nex Aero to discuss how companies can identify and nurture talent to meet the workforce needs of the future. Innovative strategies like ‘recruitainment’ and the "Scouting & Training" concept, inspired by the world of sports, were discussed. The conference encouraged attendees to look beyond traditional education concepts and create space for continuous learning for individuals of all ages.

The AMTech Curriculum aims to bridge the gap between traditional education and the ever-evolving aviation and aerospace industry. By addressing training needs, essential skills, and capacity gaps in electrification, autonomy, and sustainability, it promises to empower a new generation of professionals.

SteamUp Education, alongside its European partners, is committed to advancing education and vocational training to meet the needs of the future, promote lifelong learning, and facilitate the growth of a skilled workforce in the AAM, UAV, and UAS industry. Through the development of the AMTech Curriculum, they are pioneering a path towards a brighter and sustainable future.