Why choose NPC?
Our broad-based NPC mechatronics program is designed to prepare students for careers in a number of diversified manufacturing fields. Skills covered include blueprint reading, CAD, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity, motors and motor control, programmable logic controls, robotics and motion control, process control, instrumentation and computer integrated manufacturing. Overall program emphasis is on predictive maintenance, troubleshooting and quality assurance.
NPC is one of just five Arizona community colleges recently awarded funds as part of a large U.S. Department of Labor energy industries grant. As a result, almost two million dollars is now being directed into NPC work-ready training for energy industry jobs including mechatronics.
Hands-on courses are held at the up-to-date NPC Skills Center. Centrally located in Holbrook, the center provides an ideal environment for mastering the foundational knowledge required for work in this rapidly growing field.
If you are a person who is detail-oriented, works well with others, has good math and mechanical skills as well as manual dexterity, this may be your career opportunity of a lifetime.
And NPC tuition and fees are among the lowest in the state of Arizona! You may even qualify for a federal educational award to help you defray expenses!
Why Study Mechatronics
Automated Manufacturing Technology
A bright spot in the current U.S. economy is growth in manufacturing. Surveys show that for the first time in more than a decade, American factory job openings are in demand, but these are not in old-fashioned, dirty, noisy factories. A new era is emerging where manufacturing takes place in spotless, computer-based, high technology settings. And the men and women who work in these settings are knowledgeable, highly skilled and well-paid technicians.
This video explains What is Mechatronics?
Known by several terms, “mechatronics” or “electro-mechanical technician,” the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) describes the work as combining mechanical technology with electrical and electronic circuitry. Technicians install, troubleshoot, repair, upgrade and test electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems often involving robotic assembly machines. Jobs are primarily found in factories, power plants and other utilities, communications companies, mining and scientific research and development areas. Skilled mechatronic technicians earn average salaries in Arizona of $53,270 (BLS, SOC 17-3024, May 2014).
The NPC Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) program offers the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
This degree requires completion of a minimum of 66 credit hours:
- 44 credits is devoted to learning the specific fundamentals of mechatronics. Courses cover topics such as industrial mechanics, electrical systems, programmable logic controllers, robotics and more!
- 22 credits are general education courses such as English, mathematics and computer science.