Why choose NPC?
Our broad-based NPC mechatronics program is designed to prepare students for careers in a number of diversified manufacturing fields. Skills covered include blueprint reading, CAD, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity, motors and motor control, programmable logic controls, robotics and motion control, process control, instrumentation and computer integrated manufacturing. Overall program emphasis is on predictive maintenance, troubleshooting and quality assurance.
Hands-on courses are held at the up-to-date NPC Skills Center. Centrally located in Holbrook, the center provides an ideal environment for mastering the foundational knowledge required for work in this rapidly growing field.
If you are a person who is detail-oriented, works well with others, has good math and mechanical skills as well as manual dexterity, this may be your career opportunity of a lifetime.
And NPC tuition and fees are the lowest in the state of Arizona! You may even qualify for a federal educational award to help you defray expenses!
Why Study Mechatronics
Automated Manufacturing Technology
A bright spot in the current U.S. economy is growth in manufacturing. Surveys show that for the first time in more than a decade, American factory job openings are in demand, but these are not in old-fashioned, dirty, noisy factories. A new era is emerging where manufacturing takes place in spotless, computer-based, high technology settings. And the men and women who work in these settings are knowledgeable, highly skilled and well-paid technicians.
This video explains What is Mechatronics?
Known by several terms, “mechatronics” or “electro-mechanical technician,” the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) describes the work as combining mechanical technology with electrical and electronic circuitry. Technicians install, troubleshoot, repair, upgrade and test electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems often involving robotic assembly machines. Jobs are primarily found in factories, power plants and other utilities, communications companies, mining and scientific research and development areas. Skilled mechatronic technicians earn average salaries in Arizona of $57,220 (BLS, SOC 17-3024, May 2015).
The NPC Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) and Certificate of Proficiency (CP) and three areas of specialization: Industrial Electrical, Motors and PLC's; Industrial Mechanics and Fluid Power; and Electrical and Instrumentation.
Each AAS degree requires completion of a minimum of 64 credit hours, building on the foundation Certificate of Proficiency in each specialization:
- 44 credits is devoted to learning the specific fundamentals of mechatronics. Courses cover topics such as industrial mechanics, electrical systems, programmable logic controllers, robotics and more!
- 22 credits are general education courses such as English; mathematics; computer science; physical and biological science; arts and humanities; or social and behavioral science.
Core classes in each specialization range from 23 to 25 credits, resulting in a Certificate of Proficiency (CP). Adding one English and one mathematics course to the CP requirements earns a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS). See your academic adviser for specific degree requirements.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).