CCAC to demonstrate Mechatronics Technology program during Open House, Wednesday, July 18

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

 Job opportunities abound for program graduates

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center in Oakdale will offer demonstrations of its Mechatronics Technology program during College Kickstart Day, a free open house event that will be held at all eight of CCAC's locations. The event runs from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and is open to all prospective students, their family members and friends.

In the Mechatronics Technology lab at CCAC West Hills Center, students and faculty will demonstrate the high-tech tools and equipment used in the program, including FANUC robots, 3D printers, process control trainers and more. Mechatronics is CCAC's signature automation systems program where students learn the integrated skills of supply chain, process technology, robotics/AI and electrical systems in as little as two years. According to Ron Logreco, assistant dean of West Hills Center, graduates of the program are in great demand and can practically be assured of securing a well-paying job upon completion.

"We probably have at least five job offers for every graduate," said Logreco. "Our Mechatronics program is the best kept secret in town."

According to Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, president of CCAC North Campus & West Hills Center, scores of advanced manufacturing and STEM companies across all industry sectors-including medical, robotics, transportation and energy-are clamoring to hire CCAC's Mechatronics graduates.

"They attend our advisory board meetings so that they have the opportunity to meet our students and provide them with capstone internship experiences and incentives like scholarships to encourage them to complete their education," said Mullin-Sawicki. "Every single company in the future will need an automation expert, or they won't exist in 10 years."

CCAC Mechatronics students learn integrated technologies so they are able to perform and troubleshoot across a variety of competencies. The college's program embeds industry certifications into every class so that students are earning valuable certifications while they learn. The program is also tailored to enable students to specialize in content areas in which they are interested-such as process technology, automated systems and supply chain. In addition, graduates will be "cracker ready" and prepared to fill job openings associated with Shell Chemical's ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

CCAC West Hills Center is located at 1000 McKee Road, Oakdale PA 15071.

For more information about CCAC's Mechatronics Technology program, visit ccac.edu/Mechatronics_Technology_AS.aspx.

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