Mechatronics combines mechanical, electronic, and information technology into a single discipline that crosses most of the traditional boundaries of a skilled technician. Mechatronics technicians need a broad understanding of how mechanical and electrical energy is produced, controlled, and utilized.

At Alexandria Technical & Community College, Mechatronics has a long history of excellence in fluid power and automation education as well as in the other core technical skills central to the field. ATCC emphasizes applied technology rather than theoretical. All courses are focused on lab-based learning with exposure to the advanced technology used in the field today and expected in the field tomorrow. The Mechatronics program is customized to teach a core set of mechanical, fluid power, electrical, and electronic control and automation technical skills that are applicable in a wide variety of settings.

The world is changing at an amazing rate. Demands for more efficient use of energy have driven advanced control technology into just about every aspect of life. Manufacturing companies around the world must provide a price competitive product with consistent quality on an ever-shortening development and delivery cycle. Mobile fluid power machinery, both industrial and recreational, is being controlled with ever-increasing sophistication.

Persons interested in a career in Mechatronics need to be curious; they want to know how things work. Additionally, they should enjoy thinking creatively to solve technical problems and creating hands-on solutions. There are endless opportunities to apply a variety of math and science knowledge and technical skills to challenging, "real-world" problems in Mechatronics.

Mechatronic challenges are so exciting because they are always different. Any single challenge might call for an understanding of any one or several of the following to create solutions:

  • Basic math
  • Applied physics
  • Electronics
  • Fluid power
  • Engineering design technology
  • Electricity
  • Instrumentation information technology
  • Robotics

Any prior experience in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) skills is useful but not required for success in this program.