The Mechatronics program prepares students to become Automated Systems Technicians. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electronic, computer and control systems. Students learn to be technicians that install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair automated equipment. High demand areas include petroleum, manufacturing, medical equipment, renewable energy, food processing, aerospace, defense, and telecommunications.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (Hours)

Basics of Electricity
Industrial Equipment Safety
Electrical Connectors & Hand Tools
Electrical Schematic and Blueprint Reading
Industrial Electricity
Motor Theory & Operation
PLC Interfacing
Electrical Distribution
Mechanical Drives
Motor Control Wiring
PLC Programming
Automated Industrial Systems
Principles of Welding

Estimated time to complete: 10 months

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Electrical Systems
Career Tech (CT) Electronics Assembler
NIMS Electronic Control Systems
NIMS Basic Mechanical Systems
NIMS Basic Hydraulic Systems
NIMS Basic Pneumatic Systems
Multimeter 504

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Chief Electrician; Control Electrician; Electrician; Industrial Electrician; Inside Wireman; Journeyman Electrician; Journeyman Wireman; Maintenance Electrician; Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician; Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician) – Approximate Pay Potential: $14-46/Hour (O*NET source: 17-3024.00 - Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians):



Jonny Kirkland

Jonny Kirkland

Mechatronics Instructor


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