Cambrian College to offer mechatronics programs in Sudbury

Cambrian College is introducing two new mechatronics programs in September – the two-year electromechanical engineering technician and the three-year electromechanical engineering technologist. Supplied photo

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Try to imagine our world without machines that are created through a combination of computer programming, automation and mechanical systems. This covers everything from appliances to home security systems, to remote-controlled scoop trams, to machines that build other machines. This is the world of mechatronics.

The demand for skilled engineering technicians and technologists who can design, build, program, operate and repair these machines has never been greater.

Cambrian College is responding to this demand by introducing two new mechatronics programs in September – the two-year electromechanical engineering technician and the three-year electromechanical engineering technologist.

Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering and electronics, with elements of automation, computer programming and telecommunications. Students in Cambrian’s new mechatronics programs will be taught in a new state-of-the-art lab, using the latest technologies in computer-aided design and automation.

“Students in these new programs will also be developing the analysis and problem-solving skills that are so crucial to the field of mechatronics right now,” Joanne MacLellan, dean of Cambrian’s school of engineering technology, said in a release. “At Cambrian, we’re known across the country and even internationally for providing industry with graduates who are qualified and ready to work in fields that specialize in modern-day trades and technology, and this is the latest example.”

One of the businesses needing people skilled in mechatronics is HARD-LINE. Based in Greater Sudbury – with operations around the world – HARD-LINE is a leading supplier of remote control and automated systems for mining and other industries.

“There is a shortage of people with this skill set right now. I need them today,” Walter Siggelkow, founder and president of HARD-LINE, said. “Cambrian is making the right move by getting in front of this industry, because we’re hiring people now, the demand is going to be there for years to come, and there are a lot of opportunities for people with this skill set.”

Students of both programs will also have unique opportunities to put their skills into practice by working on applied research projects, and in practical work placements.

For more information on the programs, visit cambriancollege.ca/mechatronicsTN or cambriancollege.ca/mechatronicsTY.

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