New Mechatronics Certificate Targets Emerging Career Field

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Mott_mechatronicsElectronics and Electrical Technology is integral to all areas of modern life. This translates into ever-expanding career opportunities for well-trained technicians. Mott Community College’s Electronics & Electrical Technology program has expanded to include a new Mechatronics certificate that students can enroll immediately for the Fall 2016 semester. The program is designed for electro-mechanical related occupations spanning a variety of industries including manufacturing, agriculture, aerospace, biotechnology, entertainment and defense.

Mechatronics 1Mechatronics is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that integrates mechanical, electrical, fluid power, computer and robotics technologies. The one-year certificate will cover fundamental principles, preparing students for careers as electro-mechanical technicians, combining knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits, control systems and mechanical components. Mechatronics technicians operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.

According to Matthew Sullivan, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Electronics and Electrical Technology, the Mechatronics certificate also prepares students for industry certification exams in PMMI (Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) and Siemens Mechatronics Systems (Level I). “With this curriculum, students can be highly successful taking these tests,” said Sullivan. “The certifications make them more marketable.”

The Mechatronics certificate is a good fit for students interested in getting into the workforce quickly or for those who already have a degree but want to become more marketable. “Employers are seeking our graduates,” said Sullivan. “Each year we have graduates employed with long-standing industry partners such as General Motors, TriMedx, Magna, FANUC, ABB and Flexible Automation.”

Mechatronics for TofCThe Mechatronics certificate curriculum contains the core technology credits for an Associate’s degree. Students taking additional credit hours of general education courses can complete an Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Mott Community College.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics web site indicates that the median salary for electro-mechanical technicians is $53,340 per year or $25.65 per hour.

The Electronics and Electrical Technology program at Mott prepares students for a wide range of careers, including control systems, industrial automation, robotics, electronics, electronic system development, embedded controls, medical equipment, avionics, aerospace and navigational equipment. Careers are also available in design, product development, automation, work cell development, maintenance, installation, testing, troubleshooting and even technical sales careers.

Mechatronics 2In addition, retraining opportunities are available for those with degrees looking to gain a specific skill set or improve their resume.

For more information about the Mechatronics certificate or the Electronics and Electrical Technology degree programs, email technology@mcc.edu, call 810-762-5628 or email matthew.sullivan@mcc.edu.

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