Mechatronics Technology

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Piedmont Technical College's Mechatronics program offers a comprehensive education that combines elements of electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, IT, computers and robotics. With instruction in Mechatronics, you’ll be prepared for the modern, automated workforce.

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Jason White

Mechatronics Technology Major
Graduation Date: August 2014

Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

A Career in Mechatronics

Robotics, programmable logic controllers, automation: these are just a few of the advances that have helped to dramatically increase the productivity and efficiency of modern manufacturing. These increasingly complex systems offer opportunities for students with the skills taught in our Mechatronics program.

All plants and industries must be well-maintained to run at full capacity, so demand for mechatronics technicians will remain strong. In fact, in a study by the National Association of Manufacturers, over 80 percent of manufacturers reported a "moderate to serious" skills shortage in their workforce, so career opportunities are excellent for well-trained PTC graduates.

At PTC, you'll get the hands-on training and classroom instruction you need for success in today's modern, automated workplace.

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What Will I Do as a Mechatronics Technician?

Mechatronics students cross-train in control systems, electronic systems, pneumatics systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrate product design and automated manufacturing processes. Coursework combines various skills to teach students a comprehensive approach to developing solutions for work-specific applications.

Students are trained on state-of-the-art mechatronics equipment from suppliers including Kuka, Mitsubishi, Festo, ABB, Allen Bradley and Siemens, ensuring that graduates have the knowledge and skillsets they need to be successful in today's modern manufacturing facilities.

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average:  $52,140
  • SC Salary Range:  $39,170 - $77,420
  • 94% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates

Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physical Demands
  • active: walking, carrying, standing
  • lifting to 70 lbs.
Entry Level Positions
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Industrial Production Manager
List of Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

  • Aaron's Sales & Lease
  • Amick Farms
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • AstenJohnson
  • Atlas Computer Solutions
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bekins Distribution Center
  • BMW
  • Bridgestone/Firestone
  • Burnstein von Seelen Corporation
  • Cardinal Health
  • Carolina By Products
  • Carolina Machine Engines
  • Carolina Pride
  • Carolina Surgical Repair
  • Caterpillar
  • Ceramtec
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Commissioners of Public Works
  • Cryovac
  • Cullum Electric Mechanical
  • Cutler-Hammer
  • D&W Fine Pack
  • Department of Transportation
  • Cominion Energy
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Erskine College
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • First Quality Tissues
  • Flexible Technologies
  • Fuji
  • General Electric
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Greenwood Fabricating and Plating
  • Greenwood Mills
  • Greenwood Packing Plant
  • Greenwood School District 50
  • Hunter Construction Industrial Motors
  • Industrial Pine Products
  • Inman Mills
  • International Paper
  • Kinard Control Systems
  • Lanford Welding & Mechanical
  • Little River Electric Co-op
  • Lonza
  • Louis Rich
  • Magna Drive Automotive
  • Michelin
  • Milliken
  • Mita
  • Mundy Companies (formerly Austin Industrial)
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Norbord
  • Perrigo
  • Pilcher Hamilton Corporation
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Pioneer Frozen Foods
  • Renfro Corp.
  • Richtex Brick
  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • S & D Electric
  • Sage Automotives
  • Sears
  • Self Regional Healthcare
  • Solutia
  • Southeast Control Systems
  • SPF North America
  • Sprint
  • Timken
  • Town of Prosperity
  • Tyson Foods 
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Velux
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Voith Industrial Services
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Ward's Electric
  • West Electrical
  • West Carolina Rural Telephone Incorporated
  • West Fraser
  • ZF Transmissions

Program Information

Instruction for the Mechatronics associate degree program covers hydraulics and pneumatics, robotics and automated controls, programmable controllers, computer systems, process control and mechanical applications. Students will receive practical hands-on experience and computer simulation on flexible manufacturing and automated assembly line processes.

The program also offers a certificate designed to introduce system-approach analysis and basic troubleshooting on automated equipment. All coursework counts toward the full associate degree in Mechatronics Technology.

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Designed in Collaboration with Industry

The entire Mechatronics curriculum has been designed in partnership with the same companies you'll work for after graduation. 

Developed under a collaboration of the five Upstate technical colleges called TechReadySC, every aspect of the program has been put together in response to needs expressed by employers.  The program meets industry standards as defined by BMW, Bosch, Fujifilm and Tyco, and students are trained on state-of-the-art mechatronics equipment from suppliers including Kuka Robot Group, Festo, and Siemens.

Practical training provides the experience you’ll need for a successful career in manufacturing. All plants and industries must be well maintained to run at full capacity, so demand for industrial electronics technicians will remain strong. Students receive first-hand experience with the same kind of tasks they’ll need to handle on the job.

Partnership with Siemens

siemensPTC has partnered with Siemens, an industry-leading provider of electronic manufacturing solutions. Three full-time PTC faculty members have been certified in Siemens Level 1 & Level 2 Certifications. As a result of that training, they're using new teaching methodologies in the Industrial Electronics & Mechatronics program courses in an effort to promote understanding of the automated and computerized systems used in industry and to make the courses much more interactive.

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