Mechatronics Institute

Introducing a new approach to attaining an Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Technology. Select students will be working not only in a classroom setting, but supplementing that learning with real-world training in a manufacturing setting. This program is also intended to assist local manufacturers in their search for a skilled labor force now and in the future. 

What is Mechatronics Technology?

Mechatronics is a blend of mechanical, electrical and computerized technologies that together form a complex system used by many manufacturing, packaging and other modern operations. Students will develop skills to work as a technician in an integrated, multidisciplinary industrial environment and will acquire the knowledge and hands-on training in electronics, mechanics, and computers to work in a variety of industrial and manufacturing related businesses. Skills emphasized in the program include troubleshooting techniques, system preventative maintenance and safety with respect to electrical components, mechanical components and electric motors, pneumatic and hydraulic controls, and PLCs used in mechatronics systems. Students successfully completing this program can manage, investigate, repair and troubleshoot mechatronic systems, with the aim of operational efficiency and cost and process control.

The AAS in Mechatronics Technology prepares students for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The student is prepared to work in many various fields such as automotive, food processing, power production, aviation manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, robotics, and many more.

Why apply for the Mechatronics Institute?

The Mechatronics Institute offers an opportunity for students to earn wages while attending college. Not only will the learning be received in a classroom, but hands-on, real-world experience will be gained through priceless work experience with local manufacturing leaders.

This will allow for students to enter the job market fully trained and a step above competing graduates, with more work-based learning and less educational debt.

Who will be selected for the Mechatronics Institute?

Prospective students will be selectively chosen and accepted based on the following: (along with a Cleveland State application for admission)

  1. Academic success (measured through grades and class rank)
  2. ACT/SAT scores showing scholastic capability (College readiness in all areas, i.e. Math 19, Reading 19, and Writing 18 ACT scores, equivalent SAT scores, and/or CSCC placement test score)
  3. Written essay showing communication skills
  4. Commitment to work in a team and problem-solving environment

How will the Mechatronics Institute work overall?

The Mechatronics Institute will blend classroom instruction with on-site manufacturing experience at various industry partner sites. Classes such as Electrical Components, Mechanical Components & Electric Motors, Electro-Pneumatic & Hydraulic Control, and Digital Fundamentals and PLCs will be offered, among numerous other courses geared toward a career in the manufacturing industry. Upon completion of the program graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechatronics Technology. (this will be an easy transition program to MTSU)

As a Student in the Mechatronics Institute you will:

  • Attend three full days (first semester) and two full days (other semesters) of classroom instruction per week, including CSCC mentor meetings.
  • Maintain a "C" or higher in all classes to remain eligible for the Mechatronics Institute.
  • Work two/three eight hour days per week earning a wage starting at $13.80 per hour, potentially increasing up to $16.15 per hour.
  • Adhere to the guidelines established by the industry partners.
  • Receive an Associate of Applied Science degree that includes Siemens 1 & Siemens 2 certifications
  • Obtain two years of paid working co-op experience that will include highly sought after business principles and best practices of world class manufacturers.
  • Possess the skills and ability to compete for available multi-skilled technical positions at locally-based manufacturing companies.
  • Earn, over the two years, as much as $21,840 to cover educational expenses, making the education DEBT FREE. Estimated cost of the degree is $13,000 and there are also potential grants, scholarships, and other financial aid options available. This educational opportunity is covered under Tennessee Promise.

Corporate Sponsors

Cleveland State Community College is grateful to these six corporate partners who have agreed to accept Cleveland State students for the new Mechatronics Institute.




Thomas and Betts


Primary Contact Information

For more information (industry or students), please contact:

Marci Reiter, M.A.

Cooperative Education Faculty/Mechatronics Institute/Work-Based Learning Contact

(423) 614-8718



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