21. April 2010 19:00
Unique to the Wisconsin Technical College System, Mechatronics, a new associate of applied science degree program, will debut at Moraine Park Technical College this fall. It blends several engineering disciplines including mechanical, electronic, computer, control and systems design engineering.
With help from industry experts Moraine Park has established courses and competencies that Mechatronics students must master, which will fill an industry need for graduates with a well-rounded understanding of engineering. It will also complement Moraine Park’s other engineering-focused programs such as Industrial Maintenance Technician, Mechanical Design Technology and Process Engineering Technology (formerly Engineering Technologist).
“Mechatronics integrates computer networking, human-machine interface, industrial servo controls, manufacturing processes and robots,” said Raj Pathare, dean of trades and manufacturing. “Businesses want to hire people who understand the entire manufacturing process and how those processes are integrated to manufacture a product.”
Classes will be held at Moraine Park’s Integrated Manufacturing Center at the Fond du Lac campus. “The courses will be held during the day, with most instruction face-to-face,” said Pathare. “But there will likely be online courses developed in the future.” The College has hired Craig Habeck as a mechatronics instructor.
Graduates of the Mechatronics program can enter the workforce directly, pursue another associate of applied science degree such as Wind Energy Technology, or move into a four-year engineering degree.
To learn more about Mechatronics, visit morainepark.edu/programs.