The career of the future is here!
Mechatronics is offered at Kirtland Gaylord.
Median Salary (2018) in Michigan: $35,360
Employment growth trends (2016-26): 5% to 9%
Median Salary (2018) in Michigan: $57,900
Employment growth trends (2016-26): 2% to 4%
The median salary for career opportunities from this program according to O*NET Online.
What will you learn?
You’ll learn how to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair equipment and systems. You’ll learn to read, analyze, program and correct critical operating systems in any building. You’ll learn what to say when friends ask, “Mecha- what?” Here’s your answer: Mechatronics. As in machines + electronics. It takes a combination of mechanical and electrical skills.
Start your Mechatronics career with us!
You could be part of a high-tech industry specializing in the repair and maintenance of manufacturing equipment, operation systems, and computer programming components. Automation and robots are often involved. You’ll be busy keeping businesses operating efficiently.
Whether you choose an AAS in facilities tech or industrial tech, our Mechatronics degree guarantees you’ll have career-ready skills in an emerging field. No other school in northern Michigan offers comparable mechatronics programs. Classes are conveniently located at the M-TEC in Gaylord.
There’s been a buzz around the field of mechatronics in the past several years. In fact, mechatronics is one of the 10 emerging technologies slated to transform the world. The US Department of Labor lists mechatronics as an emerging “green jobs” growth area which is a big deal when you look at industry, manufacturing and production facilities all trying to put a “We’re Green” stamp on their operations.
We offer two Associate in Applied Science degree programs to prepare you for this growing industry. The Facilities Technician and Industrial Technician AAS degrees are designed to start you on your way to a high-paying, steady job.
This program is for you if you are:
- cool with computers
- great at solving problems
- mechanically inclined
- want to add some serious credibility to your resume
- are ready to fill a critical need for your future employer!
High-tech jobs are open now!
You’ll be able to land an entry-level job wherever there is automation, including robot installation and maintenance, automation equipment installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance and PLC programming.
You will be qualified for lots of good-paying jobs available in schools, hospitals, manufacturing and production facilities across northern Michigan — or anywhere for that matter. You’ll be in demand because mechatronics combines electronic, mechanical, computer and control skills. Plus, employers don’t want to pay the money it takes to bring in an expert to fix whatever might be wrong. They want equipment maintained, and an on-site person they trust to fix it when it goes down.
You’re going to be ready to fill an open Maintenance Tech position in:
- manufacturing or production facilities
Once you complete your AAS, Mechatronics will give you the credentials you need. Your future employment possibilities will look much different than they might right now. You’ll make great money. You’ll have more job opportunities to choose from — and they’ll all be interesting.
The National Council on Competitiveness estimates 100 million new “multiple discipline” jobs will be created in the 2lst century. Mechatronics technicians fit this multi-disciplinary/multi-skilled description! You can expect an annual salary in the $50,000 range.
How about some choices?
All you need to do is tell one of our advisors which one of these you think you like better: facilities or industrial. If you aren’t sure, they’ll help you explore options. Industrial mechatronics is hot right now. If you like variety, it’s the way to go.
Employers are sponsoring some of our students, so ask yours! They want you to have some skin in the game, so you might want to start the process if they’re not on board (yet). We also are finding some of our students are getting scooped up mid-flight by employers. If you’re not sure what to do, please ask us!
Our Mechatronics Facilities Technician degree will prepare you to operate and maintain systems that keep buildings running smoothly. Your mechatronics training will cover the essentials of HVAC, mechanical, electrical and computer-driven systems. You’ll be trained to read, analyze, program and correct critical operating systems throughout an entire facility or campus.
This degree dovetails nicely with military credit. It’s also a great way for professionals with a boatload of experience but nothing official to earn a degree; you could use your portfolio to petition for credit.
The Mechatronics Industrial Technician program will give you skills for entry-level positions in automation-related jobs including robot installations maintenance, automation equipment installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and PLC programming. You’ll know how to install, maintain and repair the mechanical, controls, fluid power systems, electrical and electronic equipment in diverse fields and industrial settings.
You’ll get hands-on experience with high-tech equipment in use today. Instructors will share their real-world experience and help you develop skills that will always be in demand as businesses continue to work smarter and more efficiently to stay competitive in today’s global market.
You’ll have a lot of choices. We’re ready to help you decide!
A Day in the Life of an Industrial Technician
You’re the planner in your friend group, and the problem solver. Good news! You’re about to have an amazing career.
What’s distinctive about our Mechatronics program?
- Students learn on industry-current tools and tech.
- It covers the basics and offers high-tech training.
- Classes and labs are conveniently located at the M-TEC in Gaylord.
- Faculty members have hands-on experience in the industry.
Ready to get started?
Amazing jobs are out there. If you weren’t ready to get more education straight out of high school, are tired of your seasonal job, are about to be married or have a baby, or are interested in being an apprentice, get started today. Our admissions, registration, advising and financial services staff are ready to help you now!