A Mechatronics Technician is an electrical, mechanical, and electronics systems technician in industrial plants. The job includes work in automation and robotics in modern manufacturing processes. Work processes include installing, repairing, and maintaining equipment/devices. Workers typically troubleshoot, operate, and debug industrial computer and communication systems, including Programmable Logic Controls (PLC), and Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies. They also machine metal and other materials, fabricate parts, and weld/join components.
The Mechatronics Technician Apprenticeship program is five years in length, with a minimum 10,000 hours. The apprentice attends 864 hours of paid, related instruction classes at Southwest Tech and will complete the Transition to Trainer course in the final year.
Included in the 864 hours of Mechatronics Technician Apprenticeship training:
- Electrical Principles
- Motor Controls
- Power Fluid Systems
- Programmable Logic Controllers
Term of Apprenticeship
- The Mechatronics Technician Apprenticeship Program is five years in length.
- The apprentice attends 864 hours of paid related instruction classes at Southwest Tech and complete the Transition to Trainer course in the final year.
- Curriculum & Costs
The apprenticeship applicant and employer must complete the following applications to be considered a qualified applicant:
Please submit the information listed above to the respective Apprenticeship Training Representative listed on this page for the county where the employer resides.
- NOTE: This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, many apprenticeship employers pay for their Apprentice's tuition and fees.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.
A student successfully completing this program will be able to do the following:
- Perform work safely
- Install mechanical equipment
- Install electrical equipment
- Maintain mechanical equipment
- Troubleshoot mechatronic systems
- Operate machine shop tools and machines
- Weld and fabricate parts
- Maintain automation systems
- Modify devices and systems
- Maintain documents and records
- Local options and work processes