A student tests an automated, servo-mechanical system.

A student tests an automated, servo-mechanical system.

Mechatronics Degree Provides Variety of Skills for Advanced Manufacturing

A student tests an automated, servo-mechanical system.
A student tests an automated, servo-mechanical system.

Starting this fall at A-B Tech, a Mechatronics Engineering Technology program will prepare graduates for employment in work in automation, robotics, facility maintenance, and other advanced manufacturing jobs.

Entry level positions in the field have been starting at upwards at $30 an hour in the region. “There are far more open positions in this area for this skill set than we have graduates from similar programs. It is a highly-sought after technical skill set that can launch a high-quality career,” said Kevin Kiser, Computer Integrated Machining Chair.

In addition to electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians, positions can include industrial engineering technician, quality technicians, and productions technicians.

“This is a combination of mechanical and electrical skills,” Kiser said. “It is a broad technical degree where students have to use a variety of skills. They take classes in fluid power, instrumentation, motors and controls, automation, robotic programming, plant safety, welding, cad/cam, machining, and programmable logic controller programming.”

The students use basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and testing automated, servo-mechanical, and other electromechanical systems. A-B Tech offers a two-year associate degree with shorter term diploma and certificate options.

Fall classes start August 23. Students are eligible for the Trailblazer Promise that funds tuition, fees, and books. Learn more at abtech.edu.

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