MECHATRONICS – combines engineering, mechanical components, electronics, and computers to create new and improved automation systems.


Central Community College in Nebraska received a $1.64 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative to develop a Mechatronics Education Center (MEC).

Due to rising global competition, the rapid advancement of technology, and the aging manufacturing workforce, manufacturers’ needs have changed dramatically. Manufacturers are facing difficulties in recruiting highly trained workers.

The MEC provides state-of-the-art technical training to secondary and post-secondary faculty, high school and college students, current business employees, and dislocated workers. The Center builds and teaches curriculum utilizing simulation software and equipment which is responsive to the needs of regional business and industry.

Project participants have access to the MEC’s curriculum, software, and the Manufacturing Learning Laboratory. Training is delivered utilizing workshops, lectures, simulation software, and web-based technology.

The MEC will work with its partners to provide industrial training and a career pathway for individuals seeking high skill, high wage, manufacturing jobs.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Adopt and adapt exemplary manufacturing technology curriculum that can be disseminated nationwide;
  • Keep instructors at community colleges and secondary schools in pace with modern technologies through professional development activities;
  • Provide instructional materials to secondary and post-secondary faculty, which can be incorporated into their existing curriculum;
  • Advance articulation of industrial technology/automation programs;
  • Build new and existing relationships to ensure that dislocated workers, underrepresented groups, and other individuals have access to high quality training;
  • Enhance the image of manufacturing careers;
  • Increase the number of skilled technicians.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:21