Mechatronics Technology at Anne Arundel Community College
The Mechatronics Technician program responds to a new and emerging career that trains technicians with “multi-craft” skills to work on robotic and “intelligent” equipment ranging from ATM machines to multi-million dollar manufacturing cells. The skills taught include electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Mechatronics technicians will usually assist the design, development and engineering staff, as well as work closely with others to install, maintain, modify and repair mechatronic systems, equipment and component parts.
The program combines academic training with hands-on activities, a capstone experience, and the opportunity to sit for industry certification exams. The program is built upon the Siemens Mechatronics Certification which is a nationally recognized certification in the industry.
Mechatronics is an enabling approach to technology that is increasingly applied in a number of economic sectors including: Biotechnology, Life Science & Medical; Electronics & Applied Computer Equipment; Telecommunications & Information Services; Distribution, Transportation & Logistics; Heavy & Special Trade Construction; Energy, Mining & Related Support Services; Petroleum Refining & Chemical; Transportation Equipment; Production Support & Industrial Machinery; Agriculture, Forestry & Food; Aerospace, Homeland Security and Defense.
The U.S. Department of Labor has referenced mechatronics as a new and emerging growth area that also has been identified as one of the in-demand industry clusters. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not collect employment data or wage data on mechatronics technicians; however industry sources suggest that the annual wage is about $50,000, and the job outlook is bright through 2018. The National Council on Competitiveness estimates that 100 million new jobs will be created in the 21st century at the intersection of disciplines rather than in individual disciplines. Mechatronics technicians exhibit this multi-disciplinary or multi-skilled requirement.
Completers of the program earn an academic certificate. The curriculum requirements include:
- Electrical Systems
- Mechanical Systems
- Hydraulics & Pneumatics
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
- Mechatronics Capstone
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Readiness Skills and three courses from the following list:
- High Tech Manufacturing
- Manufacturing Processes
- Engineering CAD and Drafting
- Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
- Industrial Robotics
- Industrial Safety
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
- Maintenance and Repair Workers
- Maintenance Workers, Machinery
- Electro-mechanical Technicians
- Robotics Technicians
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
- Automation Technicians
For More Information
For more information, see the Mechatronics section of the “Contact Us” page.