Working as a technician will provide you with opportunities in a fascinating career field with the potential for good pay and a variety of options. In this program, students learn about electricity, mechanics, pneumatics, robotics, wireless communication, renewable energy, instrumentation, and industry computerized control systems. The broad-based skill set earned will position graduates to apply for jobs in manufacturing, food processing, bio-medical, energy production, wireless communication, avionics, and more!
Our mission is to develop qualified technicians for regional companies that work in the field of manufacturing, wireless communications, medical equipment, energy production, or food processing. Our goal is to offer the highest level of training in electronics and electronically controlled equipment used in those fields.
Why This Program
This is an established, very successful program (formerly Electronics Technology) that has historically placed technicians both locally and nationally. The last few years it has adopted the skill set that is desired by industries across the country, MECHATRONICS, and now has changed the program name to better reflect the actual training that students receive. With continued investment in technology, we have enhanced our program to offer the newest, highest-level training available in Idaho, and will position the students to excel in their jobs.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Understand and apply basic electronic theory
- Interpret electronic symbols, schematics, and terminology
- Make use of standard and advanced electronic components, including analog and digital integrated circuits, microprocessors, and microcontrollers
- Perform printed-circuit-board work, including soldering and component replacement
- Troubleshoot and repair industrial systems, including instrumentation, digital and microprocessor, communication and electromechanical systems
- Analyze and program programmable logic controller systems
- Understand electronic communication methods and circuits
- Understand principles and applications behind Laser and Fiber Optics systems, and use opto-electronic devices
- Work with electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and robotic control systems
- Make use of computers to analyze and simulate electronic circuits, and assemble technical documents and reports
- Communicate professionally
Students learn about electricity, electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, robotics, wireless communication, renewable energy, instrumentation and industry computerized control systems (PLCs).
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Basic Technical Certificate in Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Familiarity with math and algebra
- Aptitude in mechanics and some level of manual dexterity
- Computer (PC) familiarity and work experience
- Reasonable-to-good abilities in written and verbal communications
- An interest in problem solving and the ability to master puzzles
- Ability to follow directions and pay attention to details
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Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
This rebranded program (formerly Electronics Technology) will allow students to get the training and learn the skills sets desired by all companies that deal with high-tech equipment. CWI's Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology program will prepare students for employment in a wide variety of industries. They will receive training in state-of-the-art concepts and equipment used in the nation's most advanced manufacturing plants. Their roles at the companies include installing, adjusting, calibrating, and maintaining instrumentation and process equipment. Training will include basic electronics, instrumentation and controls, robotics, pneumatics, programmable controllers, renewable energy and wireless communications.
- Biomedical Field
- Instrumentation and Controls
- Process Control
- Energy - Wind Turbines
- Energy - Hydro
- Electronic Equipment Maintenance