Mechatronics Technology Program Coming to OFTC this Fall
While industry continues to grow in Georgia, the need for highly trained individuals to support the systems that are utilized in a manufacturing facility also rise. In August, Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) will offer a new degree program in Mechatronics Technology that aims to meet the rising need of technicians in these types of environments.
“Mechatronics starts by introducing the student to individual pieces such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), hydraulics, pneumatics, and robotics and transitions into how all these individual pieces work in harmony to accomplish processes on the shop floor,” said Lee Radney, Electronics Instructor for OFTC.
Mechatronics Technology is the science that integrates mechanical devices with electronic controls in order to produce enhanced products, processes or systems, and a program like this will benefit students interested in the field as they’ll learn manufacturing processes used worldwide.
“This process directly parallels a system found in most manufacturing facilities,” continued Radney, “though product types and equipment scale will vary.”
A career in high demand
With such complex machinery involved in different manufacturing environments, companies need technicians to install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair machinery in order to maintain a high level of productivity.
“This is a draw to this program,” explained Radney. “Students will be prepared to enter a broad spectrum of industry with a strong knowledge base that can translate directly into the hiring workplace.”
With skilled graduates of this kind in high demand, interested students will have the opportunity to enroll and take Mechatronics Technology classes at OFTC for free through the HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) which provides free tuition for students who choose to enter a career field where there are plenty of jobs.
“Industry is constantly seeking these types of skilled graduates, and we’re excited to play a part in contributing to the workforce development within our community and beyond,” said Radney.
For more info about OFTC or the Mechatronics Technology program, visit OFTC.edu.