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Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre

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In 2006, with the support of SIEMENS South Africa and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), one of the most successful university / industry partnerships to date was initiated.

The Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC), was established and started facilitating training for engineering students and industry in Advanced Factory Automation and Drives Technologies.

The training offered, provides individuals with the confidence to effectively apply systems and optimise product usage. Knowledgeable employees with the correct training, results in shorter start-up times, reduced downtimes and faster trouble shooting.

Training for Electricians/Technicans etc include service and maintenance aspects of technology, advanced programming, industrial networking and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for technicians and engineers.

Thus far, the AMTC has trained over 1000 individuals from industry over the past twelve years.

The training facility at the university is also upgraded to world class standards, whenever the need arises.

The training centre has played a major role in developing the 

skills of engineers and technicians in the Eastern Cape and other parts of the country, and will continue to work closely with Siemens to ensure individuals receive expert training on the latest SIEMENS equipment.

In partnership with SIEMENS SA, we offer a wide range of SIEMENS Accredited Automation training courses. University accredited training can also be arranged on special request.


  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (ST-PLCINTRO)
  • S7 Service and Maintenance Part 1 (ST-7SERV1)
  • S7 Service and Maintenance Part 2 (ST-7SERV2)
  • S7 Programming Part 1 (ST-7PRO1)
  • S7 Programming Part 2 (ST-7PRO2)
  • TIA Portal Programming  - Part 1 (TIA-PRO1)
  • TIA Portal Programming - Part 2 (TIA-PRO2)
  • Analogue Value Processing & Closed Loop Control (ST-7PID)
  • Introduction to SIMATIC NET (SCT-S7NETSIA)
  • Distributed Safety Course (ST-PPDS)
  • TIA WCCS (WinCC for TIA Portal)
  • WinCC Flexible Course (HMI Panels) (ST-WINCCFLEX)
  • Fundamentals of AC Drives - Inclusive of Micro Master 440 (DR-DRV-FUN)
  • TIA Structured Control Language Course (TIA-SCL)


The training schedule is downloadable from the right hand side of this page 

* Additonal Services Offered:

  • Testing PLC Proficiency
  • Training Needs Analysis / Audit
  • Tailor-Made Courses






Contact information
Professor Theo van Niekerk
Tel: 27 41 504 3103

Ms Eunice Marx
Short Learning Programmes & Operations Manager - AMTC
Tel: 27 41 504 3092

Mr John Fernandes
Marine Engineering Lecturer

Ms Joshna Daya
Administrative Assistant