Program: Mechatronics (736)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to introduce students to the field’s central concept of how mechanics, electronics, and computers are integrated using automated hydraulic and pneumatic control systems.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • Design systems, components, or processes of broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and global context.
  • Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechatronics engineering technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities including proficiency in mechanical design, materials, manufacturing processes and automation.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years.

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to become mechanical operators, mechanical service technicians, maintenance instrument technicians, instrument and electrical technicians, process technicians, maintenance and manufacturing technicians, robot product consultants in the fields of electronics, mechanics, software tech, math, physics and medicine.

What is the job outlook for program graduates?

As of the first quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region was as follows:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians was 893. There is projected annual demand/need for 80 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians, July 2021).
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians was 278. There is projected annual demand/need for 25 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Mechanical Engineering Technicians, July 2021).

How much can I earn with this degree?

Below are the 2020 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

$52,500

$79,000

$92,200

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

$43,800

$66,100

$77,300

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, July 2021)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.