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.
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 courses .
- Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates Inaugural Graduation of Automation Mechatronic Apprentices (sys-con.com)
- Free tuition and virtually guaranteed job placement could be in store for some two-year college students (al.com)
- Mechatronic Systems Technician Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class Aug. 15 (detroit.cbslocal.com)