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
  • Robotics

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.

See what students love about the automation, robotics and mechatronics program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


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  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    Earn 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.

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*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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.

  • Chad Holt, CLC student

    Chad Holt

    Adult Learner

    "I have a lot of technical skills, but I didn't have the formal education side. I've connected a lot of dots (in this program), and it's really helped me to polish and hone my skills."

    Chad is a full-time employee striving to earn two (2) associate degrees in automation, robotics and mechatronics and mechanical engineering technology. His goal is to upskill and get ahead of tech advancements in his field.

    Read Chad's story

    Chad Holt, CLC student

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