Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Technology

The Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Technology curriculum prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to develop, install, calibrate, modify, and maintain automated systems.

Students will receive instruction in computer systems; electronics and instrumentation; programmable logic controllers (PLCs); electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems; actuator and sensor systems; process control; robotics; and applications to specific industrial tasks.

The graduates of this curriculum will be prepared for employment in industries that utilize control systems; computer hardware and software; and electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical devices in their automation systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply mathematics, engineering, CAD drawings and technology to solve technical problems.
  • Design a robotic work cell to accomplish a task.
  • Design and modify a PLC program.

Contact Information

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Stacie Taylor, BS
Chair of Applied Engineering Technologies
Phone: 336-838-6551


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Technical Standards

The Applied Engineering – Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Technology program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

Standard Essential Function Examples
Oral / Written
  • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
  • Communicate with coworkers and customers
Mobility / Motor Skills
  • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
  • Ability to perform basic computer functions
  • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
  • Ability to safely operate in and around electricity
  • Visually inspect, move, and control a robot
  • Work with electrical wiring
  • Enter data into a computer, open, save, and close files and programs
  • Physical activities may include:
    • Stooping
    • Crawling
    • Reaching
    • Squatting
    • Lifting
    • Bending
  • Use a meter to test, verify, or troubleshoot an energized circuit
Physical Strength and Stamina
  • Ability to participate in an activity for long periods of time
  • Work on a project for up to six continuous hours

  • Sight
  • Sound
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range
  • Ability to distinguish colors, shades, and textures
  • Visual skills to inspect or assess for safety
  • Listening skills sufficient to communicate with others
  • View blueprints, sketches, and schematic drawings
  • Work with wires of different colors
  • Inspect an area or piece of equipment for potential failures or safety issues
  • Hear others inside of an industrial shop or in the field by voice, loud speaker, phone, and/or two-way radio
Environmental / Occupational Exposure
  • Possible exposure to extreme noise levels
  • Possible exposure to dust, chemicals, and fumes
Field or Industry Professional Standards
  • Safely operate tools and equipment

Disability Services Statement

Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.

Associate to Bachelor Agreements

An Associate to Bachelor agreement is an opportunity for students to complete their Associate's degree at Wilkes Community College and then transfer into a specified program at a partnering four-year institution for their Bachelor's degree. Wilkes Community College has the following Associate to Bachelor agreements for our Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Technology graduates: