SUNY Adirondack now offers an associate of applied science (AAS) in Mechatronics. 

The manufacturing industry is continually seeking qualified graduates to support expansion and remain competitive in a global environment. The Department of Labor data shows a 30% increase in employment openings for our Capital region in technicians and industrial mechanics. As the digital age continues, demand for knowledge of electro-mechanical systems is key for all manufacturing and manufacturing-related industries.

This degree program prepares students for technician roles in the manufacturing industry. Students will study a combination of electrical and mechanical topics to support their success in the manufacturing sector. In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete an internship in mechatronics to reinforce classroom concepts with real world applications. Graduates will be prepared for direct employment or transfer to a 4-year BT program in a compatible field.

Some of the classes you can take in Mechatronics include:

  • Electricity
  • Robotics
  • Automation and Controls
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Introduction to Networking

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Unique Features

SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of technical experience in their fields. The college is located in a region with pulp and paper industry, medical device manufacturers, advanced material production, and metal fabrication and machining.  Students will focus on electricity, mechanical systems and robotics to gain in-depth problem solving skills and technical competency.  Advisors, instructors and area manufacturers will work closely with students to achieve their goals.

The college has created a new laboratory space, with high tech equipment, electronics and robotics, to immerse the student in the technical environment.   The laboratory is situated in a technology focused wing of Dearlove Hall to develop synergy with our IT and Electrical Technology degrees.   

  • Interact with industry professionals through experiential coursework
  • Connect with like-minded students in our technology based programs
  • Transfer to a related Baccalaureate in Technology program
  • Prepare for future jobs by developing a strong grounding in electrical and mechanical systems


Job Opportunities

  • Electronics Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Maintenance and Repair Specialist
  • Manufacturing Technician

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn to construct and/or analyze simple Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC) electrical circuits, and become competent in understanding Ohms Law, Series, Parallel, Series-Parallel circuits (both AC & DC), AC reactance (inductive and capacitive), as well as Thevenin’s Theorem.      

  2. They will become competent in the use of the four major devices used in electronic/electrical testing. (For example, Digital Multimeter (DMM) (for Resistance, Current, and Voltage), AC/DC Power Supply, Function Generator and Oscilloscope.)     

  3. They will learn to create Ladder Logic based on provided specifications and correctly interface devices to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Interface sensors to a PLC, program a Human Machine Interface (HMI) device, scale analog inputs into engineering units.

  4. Students will be able to describe how single-phase, three-phase and DC Motors are controlled via contactors, starters or Variable Speed Drives. They will be able to understand relays, and how to interpret schematics and wiring diagrams that describe a motor control system.

  5. Students will be able to identify major components and sub-systems of a robot including Degrees of Freedom, Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electric drives. 

  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to create 2D and 3D models using industry-standard drafting and modelling software.

  7. Students will understand AC power distribution, including but not limited to Cabling, over-current protection, transformers, conduit, grounding, Phase Identification, Ampacity and Utilized Voltages.

  8. The student will learn and be able to apply technology and basic engineering principles, terms and concepts to problem solving by understanding and applying the basic engineering design process, understanding constraints and limitations.

  9. Students will be able to describe the proper location and application of valves (E.G., Check, Bypass, Control, Multi-Way) in a Pneumatic or Hydraulic System.

  10. Students will understand the application of semiconductor technology and circuits, including but not limited to P & N characteristics, operation and application of diodes, Bi-Polar and FET transistors, amplifiers and Digital logic.