Mechatronics is a broad range of different occupations that involve electromechanical skills. These skills are a combination of electrical/electronics, motor controls, robotics, fluid power systems, (hydraulics, pneumatics, electro-pneumatics), and PLC (programmable logic controllers). The Mechatronics Program will provide students with relevant, hands-on activities that include laboratory-based projects that allow students to work with components, systems, and technology. Many of the components, controls, and systems used in Mechatronics have been utilized in the industry for many years. Program graduates will be prepared to incorporate and maintain mechanical, electrical, fluid power, and automated guided systems. With its multidisciplinary skill set, mechatronics is a high-priority occupation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Safety • Electrical theory and wiring, Motor and controls, Electronics, Robotics, Fluid power systems, Programmable logic controllers • Mechanical power transmission systems • Industrial motor control/automation
Employability • Teamwork • Attention to detail • Problem-Solving
Career Opportunities or Field Positions:
Automated Manufacturing Technician • Industrial Machinery Mechanic • Industrial Maintenance Electrician
• Electrical/Electronic Technician • Aerospace Technician, Bio-Medical Equipment Technician • Engineering Technician • Nuclear Plant Technician • Power Generation Plant Technician
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Students may also choose to continue their post-secondary education at a university or trade school of their choice.
Program Requirements & Expectations:
Students should be currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or successfully completed with a “C” or better and be reading at grade level.
A CareerTech blue or gray, long sleeve t-shirt is required (no short sleeve). In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: Sweatshirt (special order 100% cotton), or flannel. Uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.
Jeans or pants without holes.
Work boots are recommended, but not required.
Shop Supplies – Approximately $50
Students may join the SkillsUSA student organization. This club brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit http://www.skillsusa.org/ for more information.
What else should I know?
Students are required to follow directions carefully and need to understand the importance of doing so. Students will work with high voltages and high pressures, so the importance of safety is critical.
Franklin County employers such as TE Connectivity, Target Distribution Center, Volvo Construction, JLG Industries, Letterkenny Army Depot, Martin’s Pastry Shoppe, and Manitowoc Crane have projected openings for family-sustaining careers in Mechatronics in Franklin County.
Mr. Stockman is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he retired after 20 years. He
has two Associate of Applied Science Degrees from The Community College of the Air Force in Aviation Maintenance Technology and Instructor of Technology and Military Science. Mr. Stockman has industry experience building composite wound containers on Siemens winding robots, along with developing Javelin rocket launchers.