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New Degree in Mechatronics Introduced by Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Hudson Valley Community College will offer a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechatronics beginning in fall 2015. The program can be completed through full- or part-time study. Some of the program’s required courses are available in the evening and online.

Offered through the college’s School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, the 62-credit, multi-disciplinary program is the first of its kind in the Capital Region. It combines mechanical and electrical engineering, motor control systems and information technology to direct the operation of the systems that power semiconductor manufacturing equipment and other modern industrial machines.

Graduates of the Mechatronics degree program will be prepared to enter the engineering and manufacturing industries as technicians, inspectors or testers working on multi-million dollar machines and devices in a variety of high-tech industries both local and throughout the country. A broad knowledge base and skill set, along with an understanding of the basics of electrical theory, will enable workers to interpret schematics and system diagrams for the purpose of determining signal flow and troubleshooting. Program credits also may be transferrable for those who want to continue their education at a four-year institution.

The program’s coursework covers blueprint schematic reading, digital control systems, electric motors, electric motor controls, computer controls, computer integrated manufacturing, computer programming, instrumentation, systems, and electronic drives, electro-fluid power systems, fluid power systems, lubrication, mechanical systems and drives, motion control, power distribution, pneumatics, process control and sensor technology.

For more information, contact the Building Systems Technology Department at (518) 629-7275 or Admissions at (518) 629-7309; or on campus in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.