Program Overview

Career Objectives:

  • Complete a career goal card and essay yearly.
  • Purpose is to be sure students are aware of careers available and the path needed to reach their career goals.

Program Highlights:

  • Mechatronics is a combination of computer, electrical, fluid and mechanical engineering. A mechatronic engineer designs mechanical devices that incorporate electrical, software and mechanical components. The combination of these three areas has resulted in the development and design of smart products.
  • Students have the opportunity to work in the field several days a week in their junior or senior year. Many stay with these companies after graduation.
  • Many college bound students work for companies that will reimburse them for college after graduating high school.

Curriculum and Occupational Titles:

  • Students will perform activities and obtain fundamental knowledge in the follow areas: electrical, electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers, control systems and mechatronics.
  • Some relevant career paths include: automation, alternative energy, engineering, medical equipment specialist.

Grading:

  • THEORY 30%
  • WORK ETHIC 30%
  • SKILLS 40%

Program Expectations:

  • Successful students continually find high paying employment upon graduation in technical fields, most finding employment prior to graduation.
  • Many college bound students work for companies that will reimburse them for college after graduation.
  • Some of the companies that employ our students include: Microsoft Corp., Cobham/BAE Systems, Material Resources International, Stein Seal Corporation, Hatfield Quality Meats, Phoenix Microwave

Program Rules/Regulations:

All school rules and regulations apply in the lab.

 

Safety Requirements:

  • No opened toe shoes
  • No loose jewelry or clothing
  • School dress code is enforced
  • Safety glasses must be work in the lab area.

Portfolio Presentations:

  • Students are required to maintain a 3 ring binder of their completed work.
  • Students are required to maintain an engineering notebook as a resource.

Post-Secondary Options:

  • The majority of program graduates do pursue post-secondary education.

Career Employment Opportunities:

  • Upon completion of this program, students may wish to seek careers in fields such as: Mechatronics Technician, Automation Technician, Alternative Energy Technician, Electronic Technician, Mechanical Technician.
  • With further education, students may pursue: Mechatronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Alternative Energy Engineer.

Scope and Sequence:

  • Must have completed or be enrolled in Algebra 2
  • Must be on or above grade level in Reading and English
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must complete an application process which includes:

  A personal interview with program instructor

  A visit to the academy lab

  Letters of recommendation from sending school counselor and teachers