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.

1,000+

Hours of Hands-On Training

Cross Train in Robotics

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Automation integrator
  • Mechanical technician  
  • Controls engineer
Courses

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 and 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 and Repair (MTT223)
  • Fundamental Electronics and Controls (ELT228)
  • Electrical Motor Control (ELT234)
  • Robotics and Fluid Power (EET246)
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Systems (MET220)
  • Mechatronic System Maintenance (MET231)
  • Industrial Power and Control Systems (ELT254)
  • Applied Industrial Networking Essentials (ELT221)
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Control (ELT245)
  • Equipment Installation and Commissioning (EET312)
  • Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications (EET258)
  • Control Theory (EET340)
  • Motion Control (EET256)
  • Automation Engineering Technology Internship (EET310)
  • Senior Project Design (EET494)
  • Automation Concepts and Applications (EET405)
  • Advanced Automation Software (EET445)
  • Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems (EET311)
  • Senior Project Implementation (EET496)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Robots and 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 and 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 and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Facilities

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
Facilities

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.

Our Leadership

"Manufacturing requires a high degree of automated equipment and processes. Employers need people who can understand, implement, and troubleshoot these complex systems. Our automation degrees have slightly different starting points, electrical/mechanical or electronics and PLCs, but students from both programs will have skills in all areas by graduation."

Rick Calvert

Assistant Professor

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. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 26

Open House

Sunday, September 268:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 8

Open House

Friday, October 88:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 23

Open House

Saturday, October 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 6

Open House

Saturday, November 68:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 19

Open House

Friday, November 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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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.

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

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

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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. 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, Electrical Engineering Group Manager, QorTek, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory C Stanek, Technical Services Supervisor, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas J VanSant, Jr., '86, Measurements Engineer, Corning, Inc.