Integration of Mechatronics and Autotronics in Technical Education for Greater Technological Innovation in Nigeria
This paper has offered a viewpoint on the integration of mechatronics and autotronics in technical education for greater technological innovation in Nigeria. Mechatronics is an advanced engineering design approach in which there is a coordinated, concurrently developed, integration of mechanical engineering with electronics, intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products, and processes. Autotronics is simply automobile mechatronics. The automotive industry seems to be the most common, advanced innovative area of mechatronics application and need highly qualified workforce who are to be trained through technical education for revenue generation and job creation. As, science, technology, and engineering education are applied/advanced forms of technical education that brought about improvements in the automotive industry. Processes dictate that jobs and skills change, so too must the educational offerings change as teachers and students are expected to bring about the change. Hence vehicles of the future like the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will require ever more sophisticated technology, changing the skills demanded of auto designers, engineers and production workers in Nigeria, so the integration of modern technology is imperative and innovative. The curriculum of technical education should be reviewed to include all aspects of the modern automotive systems in order to offer enough skills needed to meet the challenges of maintenance in the sector. The review should be tripartite in nature to provide the theoretical information on mechatronics and autotronics at the level of technical education, provide recent precision demonstrators and simulators as device for learning of automobile technology, and practical applications of the mechatronics and autotronics tools in vehicle systems diagnosis.