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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

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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.

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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, Cara Schultz