Within the last few years, building automation became popular not only among installers, electronic technicians, and other industry specialists but also among students of vocational schools, secondary technical schools, or students of technical faculties. Young people perceive this industry as an opportunity for a good and future-proof profession. They also find smart home systems interesting from the ecological point of view – saving and managing energy in a balanced manner – this is a part of the current trends.
FIBARO, a polish company and an expert in the smart home industry effectively shares its knowledge as a contributor in various educational activities and allows young people to develop their skills.
During the last few months, expert practitioners conducted courses in several secondary schools among technical students. Thanks to these meetings, the participants learned about the concept of a smart home, how to facilitate the lives of householders, or how to secure a facility. All these aspects make it possible to notice the commercial potential of smart home solutions.
Building automation is a topic that allows one to develop imagination, teaches spatial thinking, and shapes the need to seek logical answers and decision-making. It is also part of transdisciplinary learning which contains knowledge from different fields – for instance IT, mechatronics, electrotechnics, and automatics. Still, it is more than just science. Students also learn how to communicate with customers, read the constantly changing needs of smart home users, and adjust services. Although soft skills are also very important, they often tend to be forgotten during technical training.
University students perceive smart home installations as a profession of the future.
– FIBARO has just lauched cooperation with Politechnika Poznańska. Thanks to the initiative of students of environmental engineering and energetics an educational stand equipped with FIBARO devices is being created. It will allow students to learn about the functionalities of all the components and practice the installation of selected elements as a part of an integral smart home system. Furthermore, in may students (including members of the science club) will take part in a certified training – this should help them take their first steps towards employment in the smart home industry – Wojciech Jankowski, Fibar Group Marketing Director.
Smart home solutions have also become a topic of interest for postgraduate students of service design at SWPS in Poznań. The diploma paper of the group will consist of a project of an online store that allows one to purchase smart home services and receive full after-sales support without the need of leaving home.
FIBARO plans to continue further educational activities in the second half of the year.