This program is designed to provide you with the skills needed to enter the growing field of mechatronic and robotic systems. Highly paid technicians in this field are responsible for setup, troubleshooting, repairs, and modifications of programs in a wide array of computer-controlled industrial and manufacturing operation.
Competent mechatronic and robotic system technicians possess the skills to tackle the complexity of equipment used in a variety of advanced manufacturing applications. These skills include experience with sensors, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC-Industrial Computers), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI-Touch Screens), motors, motor drives, and robotics.
Additional coverage of Industry 4.0 topics such as Smart Sensors, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and machine vision systems will prepare you for both an intellectually and financially rewarding career in this field.
You may also choose to continue your education with engineering bachelor's degree transfer options. See the program transfer agreements information for more details.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no.1801063. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Estimated Program Cost
Mechatronic & Robotic Engineering Technology
This program will cost about $10,800* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
- Living responsibly
- Refining professionalism
- Cultivating passion
- Perform work safely
- Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems and devices
- Communicate technical information
- Integrate automation and mechanical control systems
Software and Technology
Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.
If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.
- Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
- Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
- Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.