Student Stories

A mechatronics technician is a cross between a millwright in mechanical skills, an industrial electrician in troubleshooting expertise, and a computer programmer in programming and operating automated equipment including industrial robots and commercial heating and cooling systems. LBCC's program offers a  two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology or a one-year certificate in Industrial and Building Mechanic/Green Technician.

Nathan Baker, 2016 graduate
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology
West Albany High School, 2016
OSU transfer, Computer Hardware Engineering

Nathan Baker 1

“The Mechatronics program has given me all the basics that I need to go into the engineering hardware side of the field, like knowing how electricity works, basic coding skills, and knowing what to look for when there’s a problem. We’ve learned how to work on common issues, how to spot those issues and fix them fairly quickly. I’d like to work with engineering contracts, where you work with someone on their project. I’m also interested in working on a team that tries to improves on past technologies or invents knew technologies. If you’re even slightly interested in engineering or electrical fields, you should do this program, it’s a great place to start. This kind of work is stuff you can’t just read up on and figure it out - you have to get in and work with it to really learn it. The program gives you a lot of opportunity for hands-on learning. Like throwing a basketball - you have to practice it to do it well.”

Jordan Hall, 2016 graduate
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology 
West Albany High School, 2016
OSU transfer, Software Engineering

Jordan Hall 1

“Mechatronics has been a great stepping-stone for me. I’m interested in the software side of things, and this program has helped me gain a practical knowledge of the types of things I would be programming so I can a better job. I would like to be the person that writes the software that runs an automation line and controls all the robots. I like writing all the inputs and converting them to outputs.”

Daniel Samoylich, 2016 graduate
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology
Lebanon High School, 2015, 5th-year college student
OSU transfer, Electrical Engineering

Daniel Samoylch

“I’m really interested in building electrical circuits. The Mechatronics program gave me technical, hands-on experience and a good base to work from. I like working on the electrical side of things, and I plan to transfer to Oregon State to finish my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.”

 

AnthonyKalvin

Kalvin Guilford (above photo, left)
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology, 2014
U.S. Airforce

"If you like working with your hands and making stuff work, or working with robotics, the Mechatronics program is a good choice. You'll learn how to make cool stuff happen. Working on the solar panel project, we had to overcome issues with lubrication and programming. In Mechatronics, we learned a lot of troubleshooting skills which helped us, and our basic programming and logic control class helped us to control the system."

Anthony Stevenson (above photo, right)
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology, 2014

OSU transfer, Electrical Engineering

"Everything today seems to have something to do with electrical systems, and most of our first year in Mechatronics was spent learning how things work and troubleshooting electrical issues. It's pretty cool stuff to learn. Also, for high school students, the program works well with the high school schedule. Getting your Associates degree while still in high school puts you a huge step ahead of your peers and gives you the benefit of getting done early."

 

Ashley Trout

Ashley Trout (above photo, right)
AAS, Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance Technician, 2014

"The Mechatronics program not only taught me problem solving skills, but also how to work together as a team. There's so much you can do with this degree. For me, it's a toss up between the aerospace industry and green energy, working with wind turbines. The instructors here are amazing. Denis Green brings a certain kind of old school technician demeanor to the class, and Dave Mack is great. It's a really supportive, hands-on learning environment."