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Mechatronics is a new and emerging career that trains technicians with multi-craft skills and applies them within a manufacturing environment. Skills taught include electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, and computer technologies. Mechatronics technicians who support advanced manufacturing will usually assist the design, development and engineering staff, as well as work closely with others to install, maintain, modify and repair mechatronic systems, equipment and component parts.

The goal of the Mechatronics Certificate Program at Erie Community College is to prepare students for employment as production technicians in manufacturing locations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. It is a two-semester program comprising of 32 credit hours of training and development in electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic motors, controls, and actuators; mechanical drives and controls; blueprint and schematic interpretation; robotics; and other competencies necessary for employment in the field of advanced manufacturing. This certificate program leads to additional pathways for achieving degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial technology.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the Mechatronic Certificate Program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify common safety and personal protective equipment as well as safe job practices associated with electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the specific applications of various electrical components within a given system;
  • Recognize and identify electrical components from diagrams, physical representations, or other symbolic information;
  • Read and interpret pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the assembly and troubleshooting of basic mechatronic systems;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in programming Programmable Logic Controllers to perform basic relay, timer and counter instructions and perform basic troubleshooting on electro-mechanical and PLC systems; and
  • Demonstrate the correct use of hand tools and electrical diagnostic equipment including digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, and related instruments.


Total Degree Credits: 32.0

First Year, Fall Semester
IE 100 - Industrial Electricity Credit Hours: 3 or
CP 114 - Electrical Circuits Credit Hours: 4
IE 101 - Lab for IE 100 Credit Hours: 1 or
CP 115 - Lab for CP 114 Credit Hours: 1
IE 160 - Programmable Logic Controllers Credit Hours: 3
DF 157 - Fundamentals of Mechatronic Systems Credit Hours: 3
IT 115 - Technical Communications and Graphics Credit Hours: 2
MT 121 - Technical Mathematics I Credit Hours: 4

First Year, Spring Semester
IE 140 - AC/DC Machines Credit Hours: 3 
IE 161 - Industrial Robotics & Automation Credit Hours: 3 
IT 235 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes Credit Hours: 4
CP 275 - Fluid Power Credit Hours: 3
CP 295 - Mechanical Power Transmission Credit Hours:3

Available At:

North Campus

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance Workers, Automation Repair Technician, Millwrights
Gainful Employment Information

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Engineering & Technologies

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4041 Southwestern Blvd
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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