Mechatronics at Catawba Valley Community College



(MUSIC PLAYING) MECHATRONICS COMBINES A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SKILLS. SKILLS IN MECHANICS, FLUID POWER, ELECTRICITY, ELECTRONICS AND AT THE HEART OF IT ALL IS PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLS. TODAY'S AUTOMATED MACHINERY, YOU HAVE AS VARIOUS SYSTEMS ALL COMING TOGETHER TO FORM A MECHATRONICS SYSTEM. I CHOSE THIS FIELD BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT. I MEAN, I COME IN EVERYDAY AND IT'S SOMETHING NEW. YOU GET TO LEARN THE TECHNOLOGY FROM YESTERDAY AND TODAY COULD BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. IT IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE. YOU ARE ALWAYS LEARNING AND IT'S A FIELD THAT IS IN HIGH DEMAND. MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS JOB, FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE THESE NEW ASSEMBLY LINES. WHEN THEY FIRST GOT HERE WE COULD PRODUCE FOUR THOUSAND PARTS A SHIFT, IF WE WERE LUCKY. I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED THESE NEW LINES, AND WHAT I'VE TAKEN UPON MYSELF TO DO IS TO GET THE PART DONE FASTER. AND RIGHT NOW, THE NEW ASSEMBLY LINES WE HAVE HAS BROKEN THE CONTINENTAL WORLD RECORD IN VALVE PRODUCTION. WE HAVE DONE THAT IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS. IF ANYTHING GOES DOWN, IT'S UP TO ME. IF IT IS ELECTRICAL OR PROGRAMMING OR ROBOTS ON A MAINSTREAM. WHEN I FIRST STARTED I WAS AN OPERATOR AND THEN I STARTED WORKING WITH THE MAINTENANCE GUYS. I KIND OF FELL IN LOVE WITH IT BECAUSE I LIKE WORKING WITH MY HANDS. EVER SINCE I WAS LITTLE, I ALWAYS LIKED TO MESS WITH ELECTRONIC THINGS OR LOOK AT CARS OR JUST GET DOWN AND CRANK ON THINGS. SO WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS, IT IS SOMETHING I WANTED TO DO IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING. WE LEARN FROM BOOKS AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. LIKE SCIENCE CLASS, WE MIGHT HAVE A COUPLE OF EXPERIMENTS BUT IT IS NOTHING LIKE THIS WHERE YOU ACTUALLY GO OUT AND FIX SOMETHING THAT WAS BROKEN DOWN. IT IS REALLY NEAT. A PERSON WHO GOES THROUGH THIS PROGRAM AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES IT, IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE OPPORTUNITIES. THERE ARE A LOT OF POSITIONS AVAILABLE. OUR COMPANY IS NOT ABLE TO KEEP ENOUGH PEOPLE TRAINED UP IN SUPPORT OF OUR GROWING BUSINESS. OTHER BUSINESSES ARE DOING THE SAME THING. OTHER BUSINESSES ARE PROGRESSING HAVE MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH THESE KINDS OF SKILLS IN MANUFACTURING IN TODAY'S WORLD. IN 2009, WE ACTUALLY STARTED INTERVIEWING, I THINK AROUND LABOR DAY WEEKEND. WE HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWING EVER SINCE. I THINK THE TALLY IS AROUND 380 AND 400 ACTUAL INTERVIEWS WE'VE CONDUCTED. WE'RE STILL LOOKING. WE GOT ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN OPENINGS RIGHT NOW CURRENTLY AS MECHATRONICS TECHNICIANS. IT IS A GREAT FIELD TO BE EMBARKING UPON. I WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO SWITCH CAREERS. AND I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF TRAINING. MECHATRONICS. THIS TURN TO BE JUST THE PERFECT FIT FOR ME. EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PROGRAM APPLIES TO EVERYTHING IN THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD. YOU CAN TAKE THIS AND YOU CAN WORK IN FURNITURE. YOU CAN WORK IN TEXTILES. YOU TAKE IT AND WORK IN AEROSPACE. YOU COULD WORK IN AUTOMOTIVE. YOU COULD WORK IN PETROLEUM PRODUCTS. YOU COULD WORK IN DISTILLATION. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN DO BECAUSE THE CONCEPTS ARE BROAD. THE SCOPE IS BROAD BUT THE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES ARE STANDARD. IT'S NOTHING LIKE YOU HAVE DONE BEFORE. IT'S ALL HANDS ON. YOU LEARN A LOT MORE THAN WHERE YOU LEARN ANYWHERE ELSE. IF YOU LIKE TO FIX THINGS AND MAKE THINGS WORK AND JUST WORK ON DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT, THAT THIS IS FIELD FOR YOU.

One Comment

  1. Sabrina the fam said:

    I want to try this field I'm going to try and get more information

    June 27, 2019
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