Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

06/12/2014 -- CCAC to begin offering degree and certificate options for its Mechatronics Technology Program

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Obama Visit Mechatronics Program EJ PhotoPITTSBURGH—Starting this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County will offer its Mechatronics Technology program in both associate degree and certificate options. Mechatronics is a relatively new engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics and computer controls in the manufacture of industrial products. In his visit to CCAC’s West Hills Center in April, President Barack Obama touted CCAC’s program, calling it a model for the nation.

CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology Program provides skills and knowledge in three major areas: mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering and control systems. This technology training is relevant to several industries and sectors including the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and the energy, manufacturing and supply chain and logistics sectors. Students who pursue this degree will benefit from a core set of technical courses that combine industry-recognized certification and quality college education. Students may specialize in Robotics and Automation, Instrumentation and Process Controls or Supply Chain Technology.

Typical job titles will vary depending upon specialization; these include: production/planning/expediting clerks, maintenance/repair workers, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, weighers, instrumentation technicians, robotics technicians, automation engineer technicians, electro-mechanical technicians, process technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, field automation technicians and supply chain technicians. The associate degree program may provide students with opportunities to pursue supervisory positions in the above fields.

CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology program is being offered beginning September 15 for the fall 2014 semester at CCAC West Hills Center in Oakdale. Individuals interested in either enrolling or obtaining more information should call 724.788.7500 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “mechatronics program.”

Photo: President Obama and Vice President Biden tour CCAC West Hills Center on April 16, 2014.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.