The Mechatronics Academy is a competency-based training program designed to ensure graduating students have demonstrated knowledge and skills essential to perform troubleshooting, service, and repair on mechatronical and electrical systems in an industrial setting. This academy will prepare trainees for jobs which require electrical, mechanical, computer, robotics, and automation skills sets. The electromechanical and robotics training provided in the Mechatronics Academy will prepare gradates to enter the industrial sector in positions such as industrial maintenance technician, automated manufacturing technician, electrical technician, mechanical technician, and industrial maintenance and repair. The combination of skills gained through this training is highly transferable to technician jobs in many industry sectors.

Job Outlook


Real World Experience

  • Job-shadow, internship, or Exploring program
  • Work Seminar / Employment Skills

Foundational Required Courses

  • Certified Production Technician Safety
    (MSSC: Manufacturing Skill Standards Council)

Choose at Least Two of the Following

  • Mechatronics (Mechanical Fabrication)
  • Mechatronics (AC/DC Electrical Systems)
  • Mechatronics (Basic Hydraulics)
  • Mechatronics (Rotating Electrical Machines)
  • CNC NIMS Machine Operator

Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Industrial Technology
  • Electricity & Electronics I
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Advanced Machine Tool Technology
  • College Financial Literacy

Career Options

High School and 2-year college:
Industrial maintenance technician, automated manufacturing technician, electrical technician, mechanical technician, and industrial maintenance and repair.

Four-year college or more:
Any engineering degree, Engineering is the most versatile degree to receive for a career in business and industry.

Job Skills

In addition to having technical skills, employers expect their workers to have other skills such as:

  • Listening Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Problem-solving Skills
  • Time Management
  • Tools and Equipment Management

Postsecondary Programs

Available throughout Northwest Technical College, Alexandria Technical College, Northland Community College. Upon completion of each of the pyramid levels of Mechatronics training, the trainees are eligible for certificates of completion from the Minnesota Innovative Initiative.

Business and Industry Experiences/ Partners

Potlatch, Norbord, Marvin Windows and Doors, Nortech Systems, Team Industries, DEED, Ottertail Power, Idea Circle.

Students in the academy do research on their career interests, tour local business and manufacturing, attend career fairs, have opportunities to intern and job shadow for real life manufacturing experience, and apply for careers in mechatronics with manufacturing companies.

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