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Associate of Applied Science

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Jump start your career in advanced manufacturing

Prepare for an in-demand field in four semesters

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Gain knowledge and hands-on training for the in-demand field of mechatronics, which combines electricity, electronics, robotics, mechanics, instrumentation, process control and industrial automation. Excel in the fast-paced work environments of advanced manufacturing, shipyards and factories.

Learn to operate, maintain and repair “smart” devices and systems that incorporate sensors, actuators, instrumentation, process control and automation. Master the skills needed to thrive in our state-of-the-art Precision Machining Lab on the Chesapeake Campus.

TCC’s mechatronics program is powered by an advisory committee with representatives from local advanced manufacturers with global experience. The curriculum is industry-vetted with laboratories that provides you with up-to-date training, along with real-world experiences that prepare you for a career in advanced manufacturing.

Not ready to commit to a 2-year program? Consider TCC's career studies certificates in mechatronics and computer-numerical controls operator.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
66-67 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 - $12,418.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Hampton Roads is home to dozens of advanced manufacturing companies, as well as shipyards and other industrial operations.

Mechatronics graduates are prepared for work as electromechanical controls or mechatronics technicians and mechatronics technologists, and they are well qualified to work with electrical and mechanical engineers to design, construct, install and maintain mechatronic systems.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • are interested in electricity, electronics, robotics and mechanical concepts
  • want to produce the goods and services that power today’s economy
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Get hands-on training in the new Precision Machining Lab, which houses “smart” machines like those used in industry

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