Rock Valley College
Mechatronics

Mechatronics

Mechatronics is an emerging field that blends mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science to design, build and operate smart machines.

What is Mechatronics?
 

Mechatronics is an emerging field that blends mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science to design, build and operate smart machines. Mechatronics engineering technologists use a combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and software skills to work with smart technologies, such as robots, automated guided systems and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment.
 

What types of careers can I pursue with a Mechatronics degree?
 

A Mechatronics degree can lead to great careers in: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
  • Telecommunications and Information Services
  • Biotechnology, Life Science and Medical Equipment Design
  • Transportation and Logistics

Learn more about each of these careers and local companies looking for these skill sets.
 

What is the salary and job outlook for Mechatronics careers?
 

Man working with machineThe median annual wage for Mechatronics professionals in Illinois in 2018 was $65,260*.

* - according to Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

What classes will I take in this program?
 

Examples of some of the classes you will take in the first 16-credit certificate of our Mechatronics program include courses in mechanical systems, electrical systems, graphics, robotics and automation, and advanced manufacturing.

The program is designed for you to complete the first 16-credit certificate (comprised of 16, 1-credit courses)  and be ready to enter the workforce. From there you can choose to complete additional certificates and even our general education core curriculum to earn enough credits for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechatronics. 

View the courses that make up the first Mechatronics certificate offered at RVC

 

How much do Mechatronics courses at RVC cost?


All of our Mechatronics courses are 1-credit courses. Base tuition is $140 per credit hour plus additional fees. Learn more about RVC tuition and fees.

Man using CNC machine


How do I get started?


All prospective students must complete our getting started steps, the first of which is to fill out our online application. If you wish to learn more about the Mechatronics program, schedule an appointment with an advisor or contact Vicki Brust, Mechatronics Coordinator, at (815) 921-3174 or at v.brust@rockvalleycollege.edu