Mechatronics is a STEM (science, technology engineering and math) discipline designed to meet the current and emerging needs of Pennsylvania’s workforce.
With its multidisciplinary skill set, mechatronics is a high-priority occupation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
- The department’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing projects 300 to 600 job openings per year through 2020.
- In a recent study of 280 U.S. companies, growth rates averaging 20 percent were reported in the manufacturing, service, and medical and robotics sectors.
- The national Council on Competitiveness estimates that 100 million new jobs will be created in the 21st century at the intersection of disciplines, rather than within or through individual disciplines.
- Many of the components, controls and systems used in mechatronics have been utilized in industry for many years. These mature technologies, combined with technological advances, provide many employment opportunities. Program graduates will be prepared to work in these economic sectors:
- Transportation and logistics
- Special trade construction
- Food and forestry
- Green energy
- Homeland security and defense
- Telecommunications and information services
- Life science and medical equipment
- Production support and industrial machinery
- Advanced manufacturing