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Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics - AAS

At Bellingham Technical College, the Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics program prepares graduates for solid careers as industrial electricians, millwrights, or instrument technicians. Top BTC career training creates the skilled workers who are in demand in high-growth industries such as refining, water treatment, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and power generation.

Industrial machine maintenance technicians, also referred to as electro mechanical technicians, combine knowledge of mechanical and industrial technology, and electrical and electronic circuits. As an industrial maintenance and mechatronics graduate, you’ll possess a broad range of highly-sought skills and knowledge. BTC’s program will teach you to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and analyze sophisticated machinery and equipment in advanced manufacturing operations.

The study of industrial maintenance & mechatronics is an excellent program choice if you want a high-wage job and a solid career path with local employers.

Employment Information

88% BTC graduate placement rate

$49,317 starting annual wage
$59,925 average annual wage
$75,379 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

  • General Education Core Courses

  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 CR
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • Program Core

  • EMTEC 105Trade Safety3 CR
  • EMTEC 110DC Circuits6 CR
  • EMTEC 121Fundamentals Of Hydraulic & Pneumatics5 CR
  • EMTEC 123Hydraulics & Pneumatics Circuits5 CR
  • EMTEC 125Applied Mechanics5 CR
  • EMTEC 126Engineering Graphics4 CR
  • EMTEC 131Rigging4 CR
  • EMTEC 133Introduction to Machinery Skills4 CR
  • EMTEC 180Manufacturing Computer Applications4 CR
  • EMTEC 205Programmable Logic Controllers5 CR
  • EMTEC 210AC Circuits6 CR
  • EMTEC 211Electrical Controls I5 CR
  • EMTEC 215Programmable Logic Controllers II5 CR
  • EMTEC 217Instrumentation & Controls4 CR
  • EMTEC 218Introduction to National Electrical Code2 CR
  • EMTEC 220Micro-Controllers5 CR
  • EMTEC 225Solid State Components4 CR
  • EMTEC 230Problem Solving for Manufacturing & the Trades3 CR
  • EMTEC 231Bearings & Drives5 CR
  • EMTEC 232Drive Alignment-Conveyors & Machining Systems4 CR
  • EMTEC 234Valves, Pumps & Traps5 CR
  • EMTEC 237Computerized Maintenance & Management Systems3 CR
  • EMTEC 260Automated Manufacturing Systems4 CR
  • WLD 173Basic Welding2 CR

Program Outcomes

To pursue your path to a career in industrial maintenance and mechatronics, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) offers the best career training for job success as mechatronic technicians and other positions in the field. After completing this 117-credit associate degree program, you will be ready to:
  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals.
  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic industrial mechanical systems through the application of hydraulic, pneumatic, lever, and pulley theory fundamentals.
  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code, WAC Chapter 296, and related RCW.
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain power, lighting, signaling, and control systems in industrial settings.
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain mechanical systems in industrial settings.
  • Install new and modify existing process systems and components using appropriate electrical and millwright/mechanical skills and materials.
  • Communicate clearly with team members, supervisor, and others in the workplace, effectively using oral communication as well as drawings, blueprints, and other documents.
  • Exhibit professional conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook for mechatronics technicians is strong. Due to the escalating sophistication of equipment and the retirement of many technicians and other professionals, employers are in need of trained technicians in Washington State and beyond.

The average annual wage in the field of industrial maintenance and mechatronics is $59,925, with an earning potential of about $75,379 per year. The average placement rate for BTC graduates is 88% within nine months of graduation.

Potential positions for graduates of the Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics Program include: millwright, assembler, maintenance mechanic, maintenance millwright, manufacturers service representative, automated equipment engineer-technician, machine erector, installer, mover, and dismantler.

Faculty & Support

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Ali Ostadfar
Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics

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Wendell Brokaw
Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics