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Students to learn how to build a better machine

Cambrian College in Sudbury launches two new mechatronics programs
Cambrian College in Sudbury announced it is adding two new programs in the fall to train students in automation, computer programming and telecommunications.

Cambrian College in Sudbury is meeting the ever-growing demand for mechanical systems with two new programs.

The college announced it is launching two new mechatronics programs in September: Electromechanical Engineering Technician – Mechatronics (two years), and Electromechanical Engineering Technologist – Mechatronics (three years).

Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering and electronics, with elements of automation, computer programming, and telecommunications. Students in Cambrian’s new Mechatronics programs will be taught in a new state-of-the-art lab, using the latest technologies in computer-aided design and automation.

“Students in these new programs will also be developing the analysis and problem-solving skills that are so crucial to the field of mechatronics right now,” said Joanne MacLellan, dean of Cambrian’s School of Engineering Technology. “At Cambrian, we’re known across the country and even internationally for providing the industry with graduates who are qualified and ready to work in fields that specialize in modern-day trades and technology, and this is the latest example.”

One of the businesses needing people skilled in mechatronics is Hard-Line. Based in Sudbury, with operations around the world, it is a leading supplier of remote control and automated systems for mining and other industries.

“There is a shortage of people with this skill set right now. I need them today,” said Walter Siggelkow, founder and President and Hard-line and a Cambrian graduate (Electronics Engineering Technology, 1992). “Cambrian is making the right move by getting in front of this industry, because we’re hiring people now, the demand is going to be there for years to come, and there are lot of opportunities for people with this skill set.”

Students of both programs will also have unique opportunities to put their skills into practice by working on applied research projects, and in practical work placements.