Robotics Training at College of DuPage

Mechatronics / Robotics

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Mechatronics (also generally known as Robotics) is an exciting new multi-disciplinary field that utilizes a combination of mechanical, electrical and computer technologies for the development of electro-mechanical products and systems. A Mechatronics/Robotics program prepares students for industrial automation in applications (engineering) positions, as well as service (maintenance) type positions.

Mechatronic/Robotic Technicians work with a large range of equipment and a variety of technology platforms, including: robotics, machine visioning systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, sensing and control systems, computer machine controls, and other automation and computer-controlled equipment. In some cases, many of these platforms might be combined within a single manufacturing production project.

Graduates of this dynamic field were trained to problem solve, program, operate and maintain electromechanical and automated equipment. Troubleshooting hardware and software systems of an automated system, along with concepts of how they are integrated, were also important parts of the training.

A variety of exciting opportunities awaited students who completed Mechatronics/Robotics training:

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Engineering Technician in automotive, aeronautics, medical equipment
  • Industrial Electronics Maintenance
  • Consumer electronics and simulation
  • And Many More

Keys to Success

Mechatronic Technicians demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Read and interpret CAD drawings and blueprints
  • Thorough knowledge of systems and processes
  • Good hand/eye coordination
  • Problem solving and effective communication
  • Mathematical aptitude
  • Time management and good teamwork skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot electronic and mechanical equipment


Potential Mechatronic salaries range from $38,894 to $73,419.

Actual salary will depend on specific career track, years of service, and experience.

Training and Education

Entry-level positions in Mechatronics require specialized training through a college certificate or associate degree. National Certification may be available for certain careers through the International Society of Automation (ISA); and for careers in automated factories for packaging which is awarded through the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI).

National Credentials

Please click here for additional information on various National Credentials available for Mechatronics and Factory Automation careers

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