Students will learn about mechatronic systems in our three semester program. These systems are comprised of mechanical, electrical, and software systems. Mechatronic systems form the foundation of robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing (such as 3D printing).

Students will explore mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic/hydraulic systems related to mechatronics, as well as relevant computer technologies.

Students will apply principles related to pneumatic, electro pneumatic, and hydraulic control circuits as well as basic digital logic and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in a complex mechatronic system. Students will troubleshoot and resolve malfunctioning pneumatic and hydraulic components and circuits.

Upon successful completion, students may qualify for industry certification.The rapidly evolving area of mechatronics offers a variety of career options across many technological fields.

Occupations: Career options may include mechatronics technician/engineer, mechanical technician/engineer, electrical technician/engineer, process control technician/engineer, instrumentation technician/engineer, machine operators, and maintenance technicians.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $30,000 - $125,000 depending on education level and specialization.  Average mechatronics technician salary is $56,000.
Employment Outlook: Employment is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. There should be opportunities for those who can master new software and technology in addition to traditional manual skills.

Certification and/or Dual Enrollment Option: Possible Certifications: Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant Level 1, Manufacturing Specialist, Manufacturing Technician Level 1

Some courses in the engineering program qualify for dual enrollment credit through Virginia Western Community College.




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