Mechatronics is a new and emerging career that trains technicians with multi-craft skills and applies them within a manufacturing environment. Skills taught include electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, and computer technologies. Mechatronics technicians who support advanced manufacturing will usually assist the design, development and engineering staff, as well as work closely with others to install, maintain, modify and repair mechatronic systems, equipment and component parts.
The goal of the Mechatronics Certificate Program at Erie Community College is to prepare students for employment as production technicians in manufacturing locations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. It is a two-semester program comprising of 25 credit hours of training and development in electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic motors, controls, and actuators; mechanical drives and controls; blueprint and schematic interpretation; robotics; and other competencies necessary for employment in the field of advanced manufacturing. This certificate program leads to additional pathways for achieving degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial technology.