Mechatronics Program: Start or Enhance Skills in Advanced Manufacturing

Jobs in manufacturing are experiencing rapid advancements in technology sparking the rise of ‘smart’ connected work environments and the need for a highly-skilled workforce.

Our mechatronics program can teach you the skills you need through hands-on learning, which will help you find a career in occupations high paying occupations such as

  • Mechanical Technician
  • Electromechanical Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician


This enhanced Mechatronics program at Laurel Ridge Community College Workforce Solutions can teach the skills needed through hands-on learning, which will help students find a career as an electromechanical technician, production technician, or industrial maintenance technician, with excellent starting salaries. The average salary for a technician in our service region is over $58,000.

Throughout the program students will learn to:

  • Understand and implement safe operation and maintenance of machines and processes
  • Troubleshoot and address common issues in electromechanical systems
  • Perform routine maintenance activities
  • Operate and maintain fluid power systems
  • Perform basic robot programming and operation
  • Identify and explain the components/functions of a PLC
  • Understand and explain the basic concepts and terms of Industry 4.0 and how digitalization is impacting the industry, our daily lives, and cyber-security

Building Careers for Industry

NC3 LogoThis partnership with NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) – the trusted certification accrediting body in the industry – allows students to earn this stackable credential and receive the following certifications individually or through a series:

Level 1 Certifications

  • Fundamentals of Electricity

    • AC

    • DC

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems

    • Drive components and systems

  • Fundamentals of Fluid Power

    • Hydraulics

    • Pneumatics

  • Fundamentals of Sensor Technology

  • Fundamentals of PLC

  • Fundamentals of Robotics

Level 2 Certifications

  • Applied Industrial Motor Controls

  • Applied Mechanical Systems

  • Applied Fluid Power

  • Applied Principles of Smart Sensors

  • Applied PLC

  • Applied Robotics

  • Applied Product ID Fundamentals

Employment Outlook

View local salary and job market information here >>>

What funding options are available?

The mechatronics program is a FastForward program and is also eligible for the G3 scholarship. Eligible residents who have been living in Virginia for at least one year may qualify for FastForward and pay only one-third of the cost of tuition. Since this is also a G3 program, you may be eligible for last-dollar funding, bringing your total tuition to $0. Please review the G3 information page, which outlines income qualifications and if you think you qualify or if you have any questions, please contact our operations team at 540-868-7021 to get registered.

Additional financial assistance, grant funding, and Sallie Mae loans are available here for eligible students.

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