Mechatronics technicians have a combined skill set and can handle mechanical and electrical tasks and therefore a highly involved with maintaining automated equipment such as robots and other state-of-the-art machinery. 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.
Q&A- Mechatronics Technician
What are my tasks as a Mechatronics Technician?
- Process mechanical parts
- Assemble sub-assemblies and components into mechatronics system
- Install electrical sub-assemblies and components
- Measure and test electrical values
- Install and test hardware and software components
- Build and test control systems
- Program and maintain mechatronics systems
- Assemble sub-assemblies and components into machines and systems
- Assemble and dismantle machinery, systems and plants, transport and secure
- Test and adjust the functioning of mechatronics systems
- Commission and operate mechatronics systems
- Hand over plants, instruct users in their operation and provide services
- Maintain and program robotic systems on the production floor
In what kind of industries does a Mechatronics Technician work?
Due to their wide range of skills, Mechatronics Technicians are needed in a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, construction, agriculture and aerospace.
What will be taught in the classroom section of the program?
Classroom training will be conducted at CCAC's Mechatronics Lab at their West Hills Campus every other Friday (apprentices will be paid during classroom training) to give our apprentices a real college experience. The curriculum includes classes i.a. in basic electrical and their components, motor control, wiring, power distribution, hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics.
What schools participate in the Mechatronics program?
- South Fayette High School
- Nazareth Prep
- Trinity High School
- Ambridge Area High School
- California Area High School
- Washington High School
- Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
- West Allegheny High School
- Northgate High School
Upon completion the Mechatronics Technician Apprentices receive:
- Journeyman papers by the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry (issued by the GACC Pittsburgh)
- Mechatronics Technician Certificate from CCAC
- Associates degree from CCAC
- Apprenticeship Certificate from the DIHK