• Mechatronics Frequently Asked Questions


  • We’ve answered the most common questions about our program and the admissions process. Read on! Still didn’t find the answer? Contact a Mechatronics faculty adviser.

    How do I apply?
    There's no longer an application process. Interested students will simply register for Fall term courses when the registration period begins each year in May.

    Is there a deadline for submitting my information for the program?
    Interested students may submit an interest form to received priority registration consideration for the program up through April. You will be added to our contact list and receive follow up information prior to open registration in May. Students will register for program courses first come, first serve after meeting the admission criteria. Priority consideration will no longer be offered after fall term open registration.

    How will I know if/when I will be added to the waitlist?
    In the event a registered student is unable to attend, a waitlisted student will be moved into their spot and notified by email by the Admissions, Registration and Records office. We ask that you refrain from checking on your status as we will not be able to predict the movement of a filled seat.

    So, I submitted the interest form, received an email confirmation of my submission; but I haven’t heard anything since. What should I do?
    Students who submitted the interest form for fall term registration priority consideration will not be contacted until late April. Students who are on the waitlist will only be contacted if a seat in the program becomes available.

    When does my major change to Mechatronics?
    Students who pass fall term Mechatronics courses will have their major changed when the Admissions, Registration and Records office has been notified to do so.

    When can I register?
    Registration for fall term begins in May. For students who submitted an interest form for the program, specific information will be provided for Mechatronics course registration.

    What is the expectation of students in the program?
    We look for students who demonstrate the ability to succeed in ALL core areas. To be competitive in the Mechatronics industry, you will need to have commitment, be proactive in independently learning new material and be able to systematically work through how a system should operate so that you can effectively troubleshoot when it malfunctions.

    When does the program start?
    The Mechatronics is a cohort program starting every year in Fall term (September).

    Can’t I just start the program later in the academic year?
    Fall term is the ONLY opportunity to begin the Mechatronics program. Students will not be able to enter the program mid-year.

    How can I find out more?
    Mechatronics faculty advisers are always happy to meet with prospective students during office hours to discuss the program requirements and the Mechatronics profession. Please contact us by email or by phone.

    Will I have time for a job?
    Most students work while they are completing the program. The program is designed so that on campus time is focused on lab work using the hands on trainers while theory content is covered online by students at times that work best for them.  We encourage students to pursue Mechatronics-related work if possible to gain valuable experience.

    How much homework is involved?
    Most Mechatronics courses utilize online learning for the majority of the lecture content.  Students are required to complete online modules before coming to class so that they are ready to complete lab work while on campus.  The amount of homework will vary by course. 

    What will my schedule look like?
    Mechatronics core course schedule is Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.to Noon.

    So that students can easily plan personal, work and academic schedules during the two-year program, are there any Mechatronics courses in the summer?
    Yes, students will be taking a course to learn basic welding techniques and industry standards for maintenance welding through lectures and labs. Additionally, summer is a great time to work on your General Education requirements such as Writing, Math, Health and Physical Education, Human Relations, etc. It is also a good time to gain valuable Mechatronics-related work experience.  The Mechatronics program 2-year curriculum can be found at https://catalog.mhcc.edu/programs-majors/mechatronics-degree/.

    What courses can I take Winter, Spring or Summer terms, before the program starts next Fall?
    You can take any course that satisfies the AAS degree’s General Education requirements (Math, Writing, Human Relations and Health/PE). Many General Education courses are available during non-traditional evening and weekend hours or are offered through Online Learning.

    I only have time to take one course at a time. Can I do that?
    Probably not. If you are interested in a very specific course, talk to a Mechatronics faculty adviser.

    Are courses offered online?
    The Mechatronics program provides dynamic hands-on learning experiences. Courses are not offered online.

    What equipment/tools will I need for the program?
    All students will need a USB flash drive (1 GB or more) or external hard drives. Enrolled students will get supply lists in each course.