The Mechatronics program prepares students to become Automated Systems Technicians. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electronic, computer and control systems. Students learn to be technicians that install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair automated equipment. High demand areas include petroleum, manufacturing, medical equipment, renewable energy, food processing, aerospace, defense, and telecommunications.
Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).
Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Basics of Electricity (120)
Industrial Equipment Safety (15)
Electrical Connectors & Hand Tools (15)
Electrical Schematic and Blueprint Reading (30)
Industrial Electricity (30)
Motor Theory & Operation (60)
PLC Interfacing (30)
Electrical Distribution (30)
Mechanical Drives (30)
Motor Control Wiring (30)
PLC Programming (30)
Automated Industrial Systems (30)
Principles of Welding (30)
Estimated time to complete: 10 months
Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials
⇒ National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Electrical Systems
⇒ Career Tech (CT) Electronics Assembler
⇒ NIMS Electronic Control Systems
⇒ NIMS Basic Mechanical Systems
⇒ NIMS Basic Hydraulic Systems
⇒ NIMS Basic Pneumatic Systems
⇒ Multimeter 504
Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.
Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Chief Electrician; Control Electrician; Electrician; Industrial Electrician; Inside Wireman; Journeyman Electrician; Journeyman Wireman; Maintenance Electrician; Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician; Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician) – Approximate Pay Potential: $14-46/Hour (O*NET source: 17-3024.00 - Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians):