"A real plus for technical education!"


Digital integration simplifies teaching and learning at school in Passau, Bavaria

The Karl-Peter-Obermaier School in Passau relies on Siemens as its sole training partner to cover their metal, electrical and IT segments. It offers its graduates an Industrie 4.0-oriented training program with the best possible career prospects -and benefits itself from the continuing education programs offered by Siemens for its trainers. 

Production goes digital

Production is going digital - and companies need employees who will move forward with them. It is true that all young adults born after 2000 are "digital natives". But they also need a training center that picks up on this. Many SINUMERIK training partners are a trailblazer here. Eduard Weidenbeck, principle of the Karl-Peter-Obermaier School, is convinced that "Training or further education with a clear digital orientation must be based on the natural basic understanding and handling of digital media. This is the only way we can help the companies in the region to find the digitally qualified employees they are so urgently looking for - while giving our trainees a really attractive, long-term, and sustainable qualification."

CAD/CAM training is an integral part of the training

The Karl-Peter-Obermaier School in Passau, Bavaria has entered into a broad-based strategic training partnership with Siemens for this purpose. The special aspect here: Several different technical directions are supported by a single training partner and supplemented by the digital field.  The production-oriented training courses profit from practical training on SINUMERIK-controlled machines. The trainees can also use the matching NX installations at home as a full version - thanks to smart license management on KPO's own servers. 

At KPO, production-oriented training not only includes work on the CNC machine, but also the complete CAD-CAM chain. This is taught using the example of Siemens NX and is - as in industry -consistently linked to the SINUMERIK-controlled machines in the training workshop.  "Training with the NX CAD/CAM process chain up to the CNC conveys to trainees the digital continuity, from the design of a workpiece to its production, as it is increasingly being encountered in practical operations," says Marius Sikora, head of practical training on CNC machine tools.


To ensure that teachers and trainers are always up to date with the state-of-the-art in manufacturing technologies, control engineering and digitalization topics, the partnership with Siemens includes regular further training for the teachers, trainers and instructors concerned at the Digital Experience and Application Center (DEX) Erlangen.  

Siemens is a training partner for several specialist fields

Siemens is also a training partner for the specialist fields of mechanical engineering and industrial automation. The configuration and programming of production plants is trained on the Siemens engineering platform TIA Portal on real SIMATIC control systems - and then tried out on reference machine digital twins before the programs are used in the actual plant.  Because the KPO also operates a "real" production plant (see picture).


The digital twins of the stations are based on the Mechatronic Concept Designer (MCD), which allows mechanical engineering trainees to check their designs in functional 3D simulations. The MCD also forms the basis of many digital twins of machine tools that can be used to check and optimize production processes. 

Principal Eduard Weidenbeck gets to the point

"The digital orientation of our training is consistent across all possible training areas," says principal Eduard Weidenbeck. "Through the partnership with Siemens, the know-how imparted is practice-oriented and can usually be applied directly in the companies." His summary puts it in a nutshell: "All in all, the training partnership with Siemens is a real plus for technical training!"

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