School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics :: Programs of Study
Mechatronics Systems Engineering Technology
Mechatronics is a cross-disciplinary field of engineering that combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to meet high performance manufacturing industry standards.
Click on the following links to see the exciting world of Mechatronics in action!
- Mechatronics in Action (YouTube)
- Mechatronics Advisory Committee
- Mechatronics Competency Model (PDF)
- Course Descriptions (PDF)
- Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program Information (PDF)
- Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification - Job Profile Level 2 (PDF)
Associate of Applied Science
This curriculum combines the concepts and practices of mechanical and electrical processes in order to manipulate motorized, hydraulic, and pneumatic machines to perform complex automated functions in an industrial or manufacturing setting. Students develop the skills to assemble, install, test and troubleshoot, calibrate, and service a variety of devices, products and electronic instruments. Coursework also includes collaborative projects in which students form teams with another program area to build a factory, enabling them to apply their skills and knowledge to a simulated work experience.
Employment opportunities include entry-level or advanced opportunities at automated manufacturing and computer aided industrial sites. Positions include mechanical, maintenance, electrical, quality, computer, process, and manufacturing technicians. Other job titles may include electronic service technician or industrial electrician.
In addition to this degree, Virginia Western offers a career studies certificate: Advanced Technology in Mechatronics.
About Mechanical Engineering Technicians (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Based on the Mechatronics technology parent program, this specialization provides graduates with advanced mechanical and hands-on practice in a wide range of subjects, including mechanical systems and devices, computer-aided design and drafting (CAD), concepts and practices in mechanical and electrical processes, and trouble shooting in an industrial or manufacturing setting. The Design Engineering Technology specialization focuses on mechanical design, analysis and test courses in place of the Mechatronics courses covering advanced electronics and manufacturing. Employment opportunities include entry-level or advanced opportunities at mechanical design, automated manufacturing, and computer-aided industrial sites. Positions include mechanical maintenance, quality, computer, process, and manufacturing technicians. Other job titles may include CAD, engineering, or industrial technician.
About Industrial Designers (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Based on the Mechatronics technology parent program, this specialization provides graduates with advanced electrical theory and hands-on practice in a wide range of subjects, including electrical and mechanical systems and devices, electronic circuits, power and machines, computer networks and telecommunications. The Electronics specialization focuses on electrical design, analysis and test courses in place of the Mechatronics courses covering advanced manufacturing. Employment opportunities include entry-level or advanced opportunities as electrical, industrial, or manufacturing engineering technicians who assist in identifying and solving problems with electrical equipment and systems found in industrial, commercial plants or laboratories. Job tasks include evaluating performance or developmental parts; electrical component assembly; calibrating, maintaining and repair of electrical instruments; preparing technical reports; and analyzing test information to resolve design-related problems.
About Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technicians (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Daniel C. Horine
Instructor, Automated Manufacturing
Location: Webber Hall W109
A.S. - VWCC, 1998
B.S. - Old Dominion University, 1999
M.E. - Systems Engineering - UVA, 2014
School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Location: Anderson Hall A114
3097 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015