Automation Engineering Technology: Mechatronics

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
student applying skills learned in the field

About this program

In this program, students pick up a diverse skillset for high-demand careers in this rapidly growing field. In state-of-the-art labs, you’ll learn the mechanical and the electrical aspects of automation. Testing and troubleshooting with industry-leading equipment and software just like the kind you’ll be using after graduation. From the moving parts of the machine to the computer system behind it, you’ll live and learn the entire process. Gaining experience from day one, building confidence, and mastering in-demand skills that tomorrow needs.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Hours of Hands-On Training

Cross Train in Robotics


Average Class Size


  • Automation integrator
  • Mechanical technician  
  • Controls engineer

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Electrical Drawing & Print Reading (ELT130)
  • Direct Current Fundamentals (ELT111)
  • Electrical Practices in Industry (ELT119)
  • Topics of Construction Safety (ELT100)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (ELT122)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair (MTT223)
  • Fundamental Electronics & Controls (ELT228)
  • Industrial Motor Control (ELT227)
  • Robotics & Fluid Power (EET246)
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Systems (MET220)
  • Mechatronic System Maintenance (MET231)
  • Industrial Power & Control Systems (ELT254)
  • Applied Industrial Networking Essentials (ELT221)
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Control (ELT245)
  • Equipment Installation & Commissioning (EET312)
  • Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems (EET311)
  • Advanced Automation Control Concepts & Applications (EET258)
  • Measurement & Tests (EET320)
  • Measurement & Tests Lab (EET321)
  • Motion Control (EET256)
  • Automation Engineering Technology Internship (EET310)
  • Senior Project Design (EET494)
  • Automation Concepts & Applications (EET405)
  • Advanced Automation Software (EET445)
  • Senior Project Implementation (EET496)
  • Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Robots & Vision Systems (EET444)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)

Lab Tour

Take a look inside the vast world of electronics and computer engineering. In this tour, you'll walk through several labs loaded with equipment. From conveyor systems, robots, and PLCs to oscilloscopes and microprocessor boards, you'll see it all.

Mechatronics Lab

Mechatronics Lab

Test your skills with advanced conveyor systems and work with mechanical and hydraulic/pneumatic trainers. Here, you'll get hands-on experience in specialized labs with equipment just like you'll see in the real world.

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Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Oct 7

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, October 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Nov 5

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, November 5 8:30 AM - 3 PM

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

IEEE Student Branch at Penn College

IEEE Student Branch at Penn College

Dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, the Penn College IEEE Student Branch meets regularly to work on professional soft skills, projects, and leadership.

SkillsUSA Champions at Work

SkillsUSA Champions at Work

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News

Penn College mechatronics student receives scholarship

A foundation dedicated to supporting packaging and processing education has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a Pennsylvania College of Technology mechatronics student. Marissa R. Rupert, of Danville, is one of six students in North America to receive the PACK EXPO scholarship from the PMMI Foundation of the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.


Penn College receives entrustment of high-tech machine

Pennsylvania College of Technology students eyeing manufacturing-related careers will benefit from a machine entrustment valued at $625,000. The Bihler 4 Slide-NC is a high-tech metal stamping and forming center entrusted to the college for two years by Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik and Bihler of America Inc.


Senior projects produce remote control systems

As an assistant professor and department head, Ken J. Kinley looks forward to the slew of senior projects presented by electronics and automation students each spring at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This year, he identified two projects that stood out among the seniors’ outstanding work: a home control system developed by Austin N. Deibert, of Slatington, and an automated valve control system devised by Nicholas Semon, of Norristown.

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Penn College, leading company form perfect ‘package’

Penn College, leading company form perfect ‘package’

On the surface, the three men have little in common. One looks like a vibrant, distinguished grandfather with his neatly trimmed white goatee and confident gait. The second could pass for a lead singer in a rock band with his lip and nose rings, faded T-shirt and long hair. The third appears to be a budding executive with his coiffed hair and button-down shirt complemented by a perfect smile.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Students are advised not to purchase new tools before meeting with faculty on the first day of classes.

It is suggested that students have at least the recommended tools. Instructors will help identify what tools are needed during the first day of class. Free lockers are located in the laboratory area.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Eli Hughes, '01, Co-founder, Tzero
  • Mr. Nelson May, '03, Director of Systems, Gerhart
  • Mr. Chris Roush, Vice President, Multi-Dimensional Integration
  • Mr. Jonathan S Schall, '95, '99, Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Roman J Scicchitano, '15, '18, Senior Supervisor, Electrical Engineering - Power/Analog, L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory C Stanek, Technical Services Supervisor, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas J VanSant, Jr., '86, Measurements Engineer, Corning, Inc.