If you are currently unemployed, a recent high-school graduate or looking to get out of a dead-end job; and you have an interest in technology, getting your hands on equipment and are motivated to learn; we want to talk to you. We do not assume that students have any technical training or have a high level of mathematics; we teach you what you need to learn in incremental steps. It is helpful that you have some basic math skills such as arithmetic and basic algebra; however, we have a Mechatronics Core Skills class that will help students who need to improve their math skills. The Mechatronics Core Skills class will also teach other soft skills such as resume preparation, tips on finding a job, and computer skills such as Microsoft Word & Excel.
The Mechatronics program at AACC teaches you real-world skills, not just math and theory. Our curriculum was developed in consultation with industry to insure that we are teaching real world, practical skills. Our plan is not to bore you with hours and hours of lecture but give you the important information as quickly as possible. We spend the majority of our time training and working on the actual mechatronics equipment. We like to assign one hands-on project after another. We feel like this keeps students motivated and interested. All of our lab equipment is industrial quality--it will be the same equipment you will see when working out in industry.
Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to students. We believe no student should be restricted from attempting college because of limited financial resources. If you are working with a Maryland One-Stop career center or another state agency - they are the best people to help you with Financial Aid. We also have a helpful financial aid office at AACC. Go to the Financial Aid website
Mechatronics Instructors: AACC has two full-time mechatronic instructors (Tim Callinan & Joe Taylor), as well as many experienced part-time faculty. Tim has a degree in Mechatronic Engineering as well as a Masters in Electronic Systems from Dublin City University. He has approximately 10 years of engineering design experience. If you're really bored, you can check out his Engineering design portfolio. Joe Taylor has a degree in Physics and Electronics from Salisbury University and has spent many years in the manufacturing industry. Both instructors have completed Robotics & PLC training from both Siemens and Allen-Bradley.