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