Exciting times in the automotive department at the Institute of Engineering

Undoubtedly, the calendars 2020 and 2021 are by far the most challenging years in MCAST history. This is especially evident when the practice sessions in the professional departments, such as the automotive department, are an integral part of the course.

Despite these unusual times, in the 2020/21 school year, all courses offered by the automotive department are fully offered. MQF Level 3 courses: Easy Diploma Service Diploma and Automotive Repair Diploma: MQF Level 4 – Advanced Diploma in Light Vehicle Repair – is offered online and practical sessions are given. Campus from the second semester.

In the current fiscal year 2021/22, all three study programs are being conducted on the campus following the instructions of the health officials on CV-19. There are now more than 100 full-time students in the automotive industry.

The epidemic has significantly increased logistics planning, and the automotive department is also busy planning and developing a bachelor’s degree in automotive electronics and electrical theory (MQF Level 5). This diploma is offered over a period of over 2 years and is intended for experienced automotive mechanics who want to expand their knowledge of electric vehicles and hybrids. The diploma holds 60 credits, but the student is offered a way out after 30 credits, with a bachelor’s degree in automotive electronics and electrical technology.

Beginning 2022/23, this study program will offer a one-year full-time course to students who have successfully completed a Diploma in Light Vehicle Repair in the Automotive Department.

The course provides practical experience

Students pursuing a undergraduate diploma begin with the basics and concepts of electrical and electronic systems. They then gradually introduced advanced theories to automotive and electronic control systems and microprocessor control systems. The course focuses on the theory of electric vehicles and hybrids, including electric machines, power electronics, and various energy sources on the market.

The course provides practical experience using diagnostic techniques to help students solve integration problems. Students are also instructed to work with a variety of electronic devices and become familiar with various computer control systems, diagnostic software testing tools and equipment.

At the end of the program, the student will be able to serve and maintain electric and hybrid vehicles. Know the basics and concepts of electrical and electronic systems, understand H&S requirements and use of equipment when working on EV or hybrid. The student can gain a good knowledge of microprocessor systems, power sources and electrical machines by distinguishing between different EV control systems and power sources.

Entry requirements are MQF Certificate 4 in Electrical and Electronics or Automotive Engineering. Adult students who do not meet the required criteria may also apply under the Qualification section.

A happy time awaits us. In addition to offering additional courses on EVs and hybrids, the automotive department would like to offer advanced diploma in easy vehicle repair to students selected for motorcycles, motors, trucks and agricultural machinery. More information can be found at www.mcast.edu.mt

Ing. Longo Dingley is the Deputy Director, MCAST Engineering and Transportation.

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