Although most people still think of manufacturing as it was fifty years ago, many would be surprised at the level of technical knowledge required to work in a modern production facility. Increased production requirements have brought increased automation.
About 95 percent of a facility like the BMW plant is robotic. Companies need skilled and talented people to troubleshoot and maintain the complex equipment that keeps them running smoothly.
Industrial Electronics Technology is a broad program designed to prepare graduates for employment in manufacturing, merchandising, testing, installing, monitoring, modifying and repairing electrical and electronic equipment systems, offering both classroom and hands-on experiences.
Piedmont Technical College also offers a comprehensive education in Mechatronics, a field which combines elements of electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, IT, computers and robotics. With instruction in Mechatronics, you’ll be prepared for the modern, automated work force.
Designed in Collaboration with Industry
The entire Mechatronics curriculum has been designed in partnership with the same companies you'll work for after graduation.
Developed under a collaboration of the five Upstate technical colleges called TechReadySC, every aspect of the program has been put together in response to needs expressed by employers. The program meets industry standards as defined by BMW, Bosch, Fujifilm and Tyco, and students are trained on state-of-the-art mechatronics equipment from suppliers including Kuka Robot Group, Festo, and Siemens.
Practical training provides the experience you’ll need for a successful career in manufacturing. All plants and industries must be well maintained to run at full capacity, so demand for industrial electronics technicians will remain strong. Students receive first-hand experience with the same kind of tasks they’ll need to handle on the job.
PTC has partnered with Siemens, an industry-leading provider of electronic manufacturing solutions. Three full-time PTC faculty members have been certified in Siemens Level 1 & Level 2 Certifications. As a result of that training, they're using new teaching methodologies in the Industrial Electronics & Mechatronics program courses in an effort to promote understanding of the automated and computerized systems used in industry and to make the courses much more interactive.
Industrial electronics maintenance technicians install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain electronic systems and equipment used in industrial manufacturing. They maintain the electronic systems and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), checking for loose connections and defective components on electronic control systems and mechanical equipment.
To fix a problem, technicians may conduct and evaluate computer diagnostic tests or attempt to reproduce the problem on a PLC test system.
Whereas Industrial Electronics focuses on the installation, troubleshooting and repair of a system’s components, Mechatronics focuses on the whole system.
Because industrial applications today incorporate elements of different aspects of engineering to create complex, automated systems, employers need technicians with skills that cross a variety of disciplines. Mechatronics students cross-train in control systems, electronic systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrate product design and automated manufacturing processes. Course work combines various skills to teach students a comprehensive approach to developing solutions for work-specific applications.
After completing degrees in both Mechatronics and Industrial Electronics, Valerie Fennell says she’s found her niche—and she’s doubled her salary, as well.
After working in industry for years, Fennell had reached the point in her career where she needed to pursue certification in order to advance.
“To move up, the manager said they needed people with a more technical background,” she said. “I had the experience and background, but not the education to go with it.”
Fennell enrolled at Piedmont Tech intending to pursue just a certificate, but not without some anxiety.Read More
Mechatronics & Industrial Electronics
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