Mechatronics and Robotics Systems

Degree program at Bay College

Automatic robotic assembly line in factory

Why Mechatronics and Robotics Systems?

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field involving mechanical, electronic, computer, robotic, and control systems. In this program, students will gain the technical knowledge and skills needed to install, repair and maintain electromechanical, fluid power, process control or robotic systems. Students will have the opportunity to do hands-on learning in a grant-funded equipment lab where they will work on models of a multi-stage assembly line. Eligible students can also complete a Co-op or Internship in the area of Mechatronics and Robotics Systems to gain real-world experience that can benefit them in future careers.

For many years, industrial control systems were defined as mechanical or electrical. As computers became more prevalent, the line between a pure mechanical and pure electrical systems became blurred.  Almost every mechanical system has electric or computer based controls. The modern industrial worker needs to have a knowledge of each type of system. Even more important, they must know how the interconnections between mechanical, electrical, and computer systems works. The term “mechatronics" is used to describe this broad field.   Mechatronics is present in any automated system, from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to robotic assembly lines.

In todays ever changing technology driven workplaces, the skills learned in the field of mechatronics introduce us to automating the next generation of factories.  The smart factories of tomorrow using new technologies of rapid prototyping, Industry 4.0, and AI are here and making a difference.  Automation has moved beyond controller driven systems to advanced and connected systems that can be monitored and controlled from anywhere in the world right from a laptop computer or even a smartphone.



Why Bay College?

The Mechatronics program at Bay College provides students with the basic principles and skills to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair mechatronic systems. Courses taken will cover the fundamentals of robotics, fluid power, basic machine tool operation, electrical motors, motor control systems and programmable logic controllers. Students will also work on models of a multi-stage assembly line, including building to print, configuring the hardware, and programming the operation.

Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Mechatronics and Robotics Systems60.00

Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist

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