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.

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.

  • Direct Current Fundamentals (ELT111)
  • Electrical Practices in Industry (ELT119)
  • Accident Prevention (ELT113)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (ELT122)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair (MTT221)
  • Electrical Drawing and Print Reading (ELT130)
  • 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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • 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.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
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

Internship

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

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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

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

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.

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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

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More Information

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. 

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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. John C Browne Jr., '05, Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Timothy R Conrad, PE, '82, Principle Engineer, LSI Corporation
  • Mr. Nicholas A Hetrick, '05, Senior Network Engineer, PA State System of Higher Education
  • Mr. Eli Hughes, '01, Research Engineer III, Penn State Applied Research Lab
  • Mr. Sean P Kelly, '17, Systems Application Engineer, Tyco Electronics
  • Mr. Michael D McLaughlin, Director of Automation, Andritz Automation, Inc.
  • Mr. Tod Neidig, '91, Test Engineering Manager, Primus Technologies Corporation
  • Mr. Jonathan S Schall, '95, '99, Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Gregory C Stanek, Technical Services Supervisor, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas J VanSant, Jr., '86, Measurements Engineer, Corning, Inc.
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu