The Mechatronics Technology program is focused on providing a multi-skill technology-based associate degree program designed to meet the technical requirements of business and industry and to support workforce development in the thirteen-county north-central West Virginia service area of Pierpont Community and Technical College.
Mechatronics is the study of mechanics, electricity, and electronics with the goal of developing the knowledge and skills required to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electromechanical systems in an industrial environment.
Classes are held in a cohort format, with students progressing together through the entire program. Class sizes are limited to match available resources.
Upon successful completion of the Mechatronics Technology A.A.S. degree program, graduates will be able to:
- Use written and spoken English effectively and professionally.
- Use a computer to accurately perform work-specific duties.
- Apply mathematics and knowledge of the physical sciences as a means of analyzing data and solving problems in the work environment.
- Interpret schematic drawings, use appropriate measuring devices, and demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and repair electronic and electrical systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and repair hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
- Interpret and utilize programmable logic control (PLC) programs and related software to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair automated machine systems.
- Operate hand and power tools to repair electrical and mechanical systems.
- Appreciate the diversity found in the field of Mechatronics, and how lifelong learning will be instrumental to career advancement within the industry.
- Demonstrate basic workplace skills and responsibilities, including punctuality, etiquette and courtesy, and teamwork.
Currently there are many job openings for people with practical knowledge in the integration of electrical systems, fluid power, electronics, computer controls, PLCs, instrumentation, robotics, and information technology. The current work force is aging and experienced technicians are retiring, so a new generation of qualified people is needed to keep the industry running. A troubleshooting technician (Mechatronics Technology graduate) can find work anywhere there is machinery that needs to be installed, maintained or repaired. Places of employment can include but are not limited to HVAC companies, regional hospital systems, manufacturing facilities, oil and gas industry, and the coal industry. Local anticipated wages for entry-level graduates are estimated to range from $30,000 to $50,000 annually, with earning potential rising with additional experience.
To be considered for admissions into the Mechatronics Technology program the applicant must:
- Submit an application for admission designating, Associate of Applied Science Mechatronics Technology as the major field of study,
- Submit a GED or High School transcript with a GPA 2.0 or above.
- Have a score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 36 or better in the COMPASS algebra test, or have successfully completed Math 0081-0088.
- Have a score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 71 or better in the COMPASS writing test, or have successfully completed ENGL 0097.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major courses to progress in the program.