606 Mechatronics / team of 2 persons


Automation assemblers work with discrete, process or building automation and new-generation automation applications such as the IoT (Internet of Things). Assemblers perform installation, control, maintenance and commissioning tasks. They must know the products of several different manufacturers of equipment, components and control systems and be able to install, connect, use and program them. This equipment includes programmable logic, placeable and parameterized sensors, computer vision sensors, touch screens, industrial robots, frequency converters, pneumatics components, devices related to machine safety and various installation materials.

Skill requirements

The competition tasks are based on the requirements of the grade Excellent (K3) of the vocational qualifications in Electrical Engineering and Metalwork and Machinery, study programme Automation Technology and Maintenance, as well as the requirements of working life for young employees.

The required competence areas of the vocational qualification in Electrical Engineering are:

  • Basics of electrical engineering and automation technology (45 skill points)
  • Electrical and automation assembly (30sp)
  • Discrete automation (30sp)
  • Building automation and information systems (30sp)

and in the qualification in Metalwork and Machinery:

  • Basic assembly and automation work (15sp)
  • Electromechanical assembly (30sp)
  • and Automation assembly (30sp)
  • Using robots (15osp)
  • Machine automation installation (15osp)

Competition task structure and task module components

The task is to build an automation system in which the teams will install, wire and programme MPS workstations around the conveyor. The stations include safety devices and a machine vision sensor. The tasks has six modules.

Module 1:
The task is to connect a robot station as a part of the conveyor system. The work includes necessary wiring, parametrization and programming.

Module 2:
The task is to install and parametrize a camera as part of the robot and conveyor system complex.

Module 3:
The task is to install safety devices.

Module 4:
The task is to assemble, wire, programme and implement the MPS station following the directions given. This assembled station is connected to another MPS station, which is programmed, and both stations are used jointly.

Module 5:
The task is to perform alteration work on the stations and programme the robot to work according to new directions.

Module 6:

The system is not working according to given specifications and the system includes faulty or broken parts. The system must be returned to operation and the competitors must perform maintenance work. There are also other faults which need to be repaired.


Task duration and allotted time

The total time allotted for the task is ca. 17h.
Preliminary schedule:

Tue 15 May 2018: modules 1 and 2

9.30 am – 10 am Task assignment and time for questions
10 am – 6 pm Competition time
6 pm – 7 pm Assessment
Lunch flexibly around 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Wed 16 May 2018: modules 3 and 4
8.30 am – 9.00 am Task assignment and time for questions
9.00 am – 4.00 pm Competition time
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Assessment
Lunch flexibly around 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Thu 17 May 2018: modules 5 and 6
8.30 am – 9.00 am Task assignment and time for questions
9.00 am – 1.00 pm Competition time
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Assessment
Lunch flexibly around 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Assessment criteria for the competition task

Modules: Installation, I/O connections, programme functionality, camera functionality, safety system functionality, work quality, work safety, correct work methods and tools

Description of the assessment process

The task is modular and consists of six modules or tasks. Each task is assessed separately, immediately after the time allotted for the task has ended. The results can be assessed at the end of each competition day.

The assessment areas and main assessment criteria

The maximum number of points for the finals task is 100.

What the competitor brings

Each competitor must bring their personal tools, protectors and work clothes. The machines, tools and equipment must be commercially manufactured and approved for work safety. The competitor is responsible for their state. Each competitor must also bring a computer for the logic programming.

What the competition organizer provides

Each pair is provided with compressed air and electricity.

Sample tasks

The 2016 and 2017 mechatronics tasks can be found in the Skills Finland task bank for rehearsing for the finals.