Contact(s): Gary Hatley
Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering
systems, including robotics and advanced automation systems. Technicians with a degree
from the program are trained to design, build, test, install, program, troubleshoot
and repair systems involving high-tech, computer-controlled machinery. While the main
focus is on robotics and controls for automated manufacturing machinery, mechatronics
is truly found in a multitude of places, including transportation, shipping/distribution
centers, elevators, and medical equipment, just to name a few.
Graduates who earn the Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree will possess a strong
background in the following areas:
Students who complete the two-year program are also eligible to transfer into many
of the state’s universities which offer 2+2 Engineering Technology degree options.
This makes it a great option for students who are undecided about a four-year degree
and opens the door to several career pathways for graduates, including entering the
workforce after completing the two-year degree, continuing on to complete the four-year
Engineering Technology degree, or perhaps the best of both worlds – entering the workforce
with the two-year degree while completing the remaining two years of the bachelor’s
degree online or on evenings/weekends. Many employers will pay for tuition and books,
which allows the graduate to minimize costs and maximize earnings while preparing
to earn even potentially higher salaries.
The 2+2 option also provides one of the most affordable paths to a 4-year engineering
degree. In addition, it maximizes flexibility and provides a safety net at the two-year
point that is not possible with beginning studies exclusively at a four-year institution.
Students who enjoy problem solving and who want a significant advantage entering the
job market are encouraged to explore mechatronics for a competitive advantage in today’s
rapidly changing workforce.