Will Soyars, Ricky Gordon Complete Mechatronics Training and Earns Highest Level of Siemens approved certification 


Soyars Gordon Receive CertificatesSoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME) trainers Will Soyars and Ricky Gordon recently completed the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) and earned Level 3 certification. With two certified trainers on staff, SoVA CME in South Boston, VA can now offer all levels (1-3) of the SMSCP program.

“The SVHEC is extremely fortunate to have first-rate instructors like Will Soyars and Ricky Gordon. With their newly-earned teaching credentials from Berlin, the SVHEC can now offer regional manufacturers the full complement of SMSCP training, recognized globally as the premier Mechatronics training option,” said Dr. Betty Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

To earn Level 3 certification, Soyars and Gordon traveled to Berlin, Germany for two weeks of training at the Siemens Technik Academie. With students from around the world, they were placed on teams to design and build an automated system able to heat printed circuit boards.

Level 3 Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Professionals are considered experts on complex integrated systems and are able to troubleshoot, repair, and design these systems. The SVHEC is the only institution in the world offering non-credit Siemens Level 3 training and certification.

“Siemens Mechatronics training allows regional employers to have access to a top-notch workforce. This is a great opportunity for the SVHEC to provide training to Soyars Gordon work with teamSouthern Virginia,” said Will Soyars, SoVA CME Associate Director.

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is recognized in the United States and around the world as the gold-standard in mechatronics certification, and verifies that trainees have a world-class technical background. Level 1 certification demonstrates that an individual has completed at least 60 hours of training, and is knowledgeable of a machine operating system. Level 2 certification demonstrates that a student understands the machine operating system as a whole, and can work with the system’s individual components.

SoVA CME Mechatronics Level 1 trainees are working at regional and local employers including M.C. Dean Electrical, Essel Propack, Huber Engineered Woods, and Beach Mold and Tool among others.

SoVA CME is now recruiting for its first Siemens Level 2 training cohort. Level 1 training or certification is not required to enroll in Level 2. For more information on mechatronics training offered through the SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence visit  www.sovacme.org, email scarlettbrandon@svhec.org or call 434-572-5473.