Mechatronics Technicians have electrical and mechanical skill sets and therefore are high-value employees with job duties critically important to a company. MTs are highly involved with maintaining high-tech machines such as robots, CNC machining, factory automation equipment and a range of complex platform. Mechatronics skills will be in high demand for most Industry 4.0 careers.
up to ~6,000 hours of On-the-Job Training
550 Hours of Related Technical Instruction in:
Computer Programming (PLCs),
Advanced technology is rapidly becoming integrated into manufacturing systems in Western Pennsylvania and the United States. Today's facilities are not only computerized - many are interconnected to other plants and factories around the globe, and are expected to respond in near-real time to fluctuations in supply chain and logistics. While strong mechanical and electrical skills are still valued, employers have reported critical demand for technicians who have experience with artificial intelligence, data analytics, the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
Mechatronics technicians apply their knowledge of engineering to solve technical problems and maintain automated mechanical equipment. This may entail installing, inspecting, troubleshooting and repairing electrical, electronic and mechanical components.
Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The core courses include a 30-35 credit certification, with courses in Electricity, Mechanics, Motor Controls, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Robotics, Programming Logic Controls (PLCs), Power Distribution. The Associate’s Degree will continue with advanced courses in these areas with the ability to specialize for a variety of industries and careers. Depending on the community college, the Certification and Associates Degree program can be found under Mechatronics, Robotics Technician, or Applied Technology.
Additional certification that is provided during the pre-apprenticeship program and/or during the apprenticeship program’s curriculum may be delivered in a classroom format or online over a robust enterprise platform that enables 24/7 access to training content and tracks skill gain against competency models. The curriculum includes classes in basic electrical and their components, motor control, wiring, power distribution, hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics. For example, in Mechatronics Industrial Processes, apprentices learn how engineering materials are gathered and processed for use. The course covers principles of production planning, inventory management and the operating and troubleshooting of industrial equipment. Students who successfully pass the course will sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness exams towards achievement of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential.
Upon completion the Mechatronics Technician Apprentices receive: