Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics
Revolutionizing industries with cutting-edge automation
A career in automation and robotics involves working with cutting-edge technologies. Professionals in this field create intelligent systems and work on diverse projects, from self-driving cars to automated healthcare equipment. This program develops skills in the design, programming and troubleshooting of automated systems, offering the opportunity to shape the future by revolutionizing how machines interact with the world.
Why study Automation, Robotics & Mechatronics with us?
At CLC, you have options—do you want to go to class during the day or the evening? Do you want your associate degree, with its wider knowledge base, or do you want the one-year certificate, which puts you in the workforce sooner?
Day classes meet on the Grayslake Campus and evening classes meet at the Lakeshore campus. Each campus has current industry equipment in dedicated, up-to-date automation labs. The one-year certificate courses are the same as the first-year courses of the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program. The AAS degree requires an additional 6 technical courses beyond the first-year courses along with the typical general education requirements.
You gain hands-on experience and qualify for Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) certifications, which give you industry-standard recognition for what you’ve learned. Current plans are to offer the following SACA certifications:
- Mechanical Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- Pneumatics and Hydraulic Systems
Your CLC instructors know you by name. At CLC, the instructors are teachers first, researchers second. They dedicate their careers to helping you learn and understand the significance of mechatronics technicians to our daily lives.
You learn the same material studied at 4-year colleges, while you receive the personal attention and feedback possible only in small class sizes.
WIOA ProgramEligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)-awarded vouchers.
Financial Aid/Scholarships AvailableBased on need and/or achievement.
Career CertificateEarn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
Career DegreeEarn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
Career Degrees & Certificates
For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.
*Assumes full-time enrollment.
For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.
Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.
A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.
Automation, Robotics and MechatronicsAssociate in Applied Science
Courses in the program
Develop skills in mechanical, electrical, and control systems and then progress to the latest high-tech Industry 4.0 smart system skills.
Meet our instructors
Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.
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