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Mechatronics is an emerging field that blends skills in mechanical, electrical, and computer systems that are needed in robotics and automated manufacturing industries.

RVC Mechatronic students working in the WTC lab


What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is an emerging field that blends skills in mechanical, electrical, and computer systems. Mechatronics technicians and engineering technologists use a combination of mechanical, electrical, computer, and software skills to work with smart technologies, such as robots, automated guided systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment.

Explore Certificate 1 - Fundamentals of Mechatronics

Only 16 Credits!

Begin training for an entry-level Mechatronics pathway to become an Industrial Maintenance Technician or other similar jobs in automated manufacturing. Or add this Certificate to your current skill set. Learn more.

A Mechatronics certificate can lead to great careers in: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
  • Telecommunications and Information Services
  • Biotechnology, Life Science and Medical Equipment Design
  • Transportation and Logistics

Learn more about each of these careers and local companies looking for these skill sets.

The median annual wage for Mechatronics professionals in Illinois in 2018 was $65,260*.

* - according to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Man working with machine

Our first Mechatronics certificate includes courses in mechanical systems, electrical systems, graphics, robotics and automation, and advanced manufacturing.  You'll learn the basics of working safely, reading drawings and schematics, and important components of different Mechatronics systems.

The program is designed for you to complete the first 16-credit certificate (comprised of 16, 1-credit courses)  and be ready to enter the workforce.  We are also working on offering additional certificates and even an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechatronics.  Contact the Mechatronics Coordinator or Career Advisor for more information.

View the courses that make up the first Mechatronics certificate offered at RVC

All of our Mechatronics courses are 1-credit courses. For 2020-2021, base tuition for courses in Career & Technical Education is $140 per credit hour plus additional fees.

Keep your total program cost less by enrolling in Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems and Advanced Manufacturing courses in the same semester.  Only one access code is required to be purchased for these classes when taken together.

Learn more about RVC tuition and fees.

Man using CNC machine

All prospective students must complete our getting started steps, the first of which is to fill out our online application.

If you wish to learn more about the Mechatronics program, schedule an appointment with our Career Advisor, Sarah Russel. 

Advanced Mechatronics Certificate is established in conjunction with expansion into the new ATC Advanced Technology Center building.  Expanding on training from Certificate 1 – Fundamentals of Mechatronics, students will learn in this Certificate 2 – Advanced Mechatronics, PLC’s, industrial robots, pneumatics & hydraulics, and troubleshooting an automated assembly line simulator.


Interested Student Information and Enrollment Process

Rock Valley College is pleased to announce the opening of the Advanced Technology Center in August 2021! We are also very excited to offer FREE Tuition for students enrolling at the new ATC for the first year of course work. Programs of study offered at the ATC include: CNC Machining, Industrial Maintenance (anticipated), Mechatronics, Truck Driver Training (anticipated) and Welding. Free tuition is limited to course and program enrollment capacity. Course, program or institutional fees, textbooks, and related instructional materials are not provided as part of the free tuition. Free Tuition will be limited to residents of RVC’s service area, District 511.

  1. Learn more about the ATC by browsing this page
  2. Complete our online ATC Interest Form
  3. Apply to RVC
    • Admissions and Recruitment staff will reach out to support your Application process.
  4. Attend one Mandatory Information, Financial Aid and Registration session.
    • Multiple dates and times to be announced. Zoom (virtual) and on-campus sessions are being planned for February and March, 2021.
  5. Complete and sign the RVC Tuition Waiver/Sponsorship Form
  6. Register for Fall 2021 courses
    • To remain eligible for the Tuition Waiver/Sponsorship Program, students must register for courses during the Priority Registration period beginning on April 7, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. and complete registration no later than May 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  7. Attend one Mandatory Orientation session to remain eligible for Tuition Waiver/Sponsorship
    • Multiple dates and times to be announced. Zoom (virtual) and on-campus ATC sessions are being planned for May and June, 2021.
  8. Begin coursework at the ATC, August 14, 2021