American made: the new manufacturing landscape

During the recession many companies retooled their operations installing more and more automation. Today, there are many (certainly not a total replacement for those 10s of thousands of “old” manufacturing jobs lost) new and highly skilled–and high paying–jobs in the new manufacturing workplace.

Follow this week-long audio report on the re-emergence of American manufacturing.

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Mechatronics courses and degrees

Mechatronics courses and degrees

Mechatronics integrates a number of technical disciplines to create “robots”-electro-mechanical machines/systems that perform work.

While engineers design these systems, it takes skillful technicians to operate, maintain and repair these “robots.” This link leads to one of the few community college programs in the country that offers a degree in Mechatronics. Locally Clark College has recently added mechatronics coursesĀ .