My Favorites
My Favorites
Add Page
Add Page
Print
Print
You have 0 items saved in "My Favorites"
Use "My Favorites" to collect pages and downloads that you would like to keep in one place. To store a page, click on the "Add to My Favorites" button at the top of the page. To store a download, click on the plus button next to the download link. My Favorites will be saved for seven days.

What is Mechatronics?

The term “mechatronics” has popped up a lot lately. It’s been connected to some of the Roanoke Region’s biggest announcements as a top reason the companies looked here.

So what is mechatronics? And how is the Roanoke Region using it to create a workforce advantage?

Mechatronics programs, such as the one at Virginia Western Community College, incorporate training in mechanical and electrical systems as well as information technology into a single curriculum. Training in mechatronics is desirable among manufacturing employers in particular.

Having such a program in the Roanoke Region helps create they type of workforce businesses are looking for.

Both Eldor, an automotive components manufacturer, and Deschutes Brewery cited the program as an important consideration when they were looking at the region. Both companies announced bringing manufacturing operations in the area in early 2016. It was also important for Ardagh, an automated plant producing metal packaging for the food industry, when they moved to the region in 2014.

Students who complete the program at Virginia Western earn an associate’s degree and have the option to move directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year school. The program also helps students earn key certifications including Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Computer Aided Design, Packing Machinery, Manufacturing Skills (MT1), and Siemens Mechatronics Systems.

It’s a hands on program that readies the workforce for immediate employment. Skill learned in the classroom and lab can translate to jobs in manufacturing, logistics, transportation, medical, automotive, building, mining, and aerospace industries.
Sign Up for Our Newsletter