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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.
Mechatronics Technology Major
Graduation Date: August 2014
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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.
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.
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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.
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.
PTC 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.