Motlow Mechatronics offers multiple pathways to local high-paying jobs

Motlow State Mechatronics faculty show off their advanced manufacturing lab setting. Pictured (from left to right) are J. Mike Oliver, Kevin Brown, Charlie King, Paul Sand, Rick Rogers, Larry Flatt, Richard Blackburn, Melissa Paz, Omar Tantawi, and Eric Reynolds. (Photo Courtesy of Motlow College)

LOCAL EDUCATION NEWS —Mechatronic exists as a branch of engineering that brings together multiple disciplines including mechanical, electrical, computer, and robotics engineering and locally, those with certifications and degrees are in high demand.

Motlow State established itself as a statewide leader in Mechatronics over a decade ago. Through partnerships with area universities and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT), Motlow has established multiple pathways that lead to high-paying jobs in Mechatronics.

Whether you are a high school sophomore, a recent high school graduate, or an adult looking to start a new career or advancement, many of the pathway options begin with little or no tuition costs. Mechatronics is a high-wage, high-demand program that prepares graduates for a career in fields such as automotive, power production, manufacturing, robotics, and more. Motlow offers Mechatronics degrees on its Fayetteville, McMinnville, and Smyrna campuses.

Pathway Options:

  • High School Dual Enrollment students can earn a Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree before graduating from high school
  • TCAT graduates can seamlessly transfer to Motlow and earn a Certificate and an A.A.S. degree
  • Traditional students can use the Tennessee Promise grant to earn a Certificate and an A.A.S. degree
  • Non-traditional students can use the Tennessee Reconnect grant to earn a Certificate and an A.A.S. degree

Regardless of how you begin your Mechatronics journey, you can earn up to $45,000 per year with a Motlow Mechatronics Certificate and successful completion of the Siemens Level 1 Exam. Graduates who complete the A.A.S. and the Siemens Level 2 Exam can expect to earn up to $65,000 per year.

Advanced Degree Options

After completing the A.A.S. degree, students can take advantage of Motlow’s partnerships with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Tennessee State University (TSU), or University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) to earn bachelor’s degrees. Graduates of any of the bachelor’s degree options can expect to earn up to $90,000 per year.

Graduates of the TSU bachelor’s degree have an additional opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with an Engineering Management Concentration at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma.

The ATMAE certified Motlow Mechatronics program produces highly recruited graduates. Industries are rapidly expanding the technology used in advanced manufacturing and product design by integrating robotics and automation systems. Mechatronics graduates develop a knowledge of mechatronic systems and the trouble-shooting skills to perform exceptionally well in high-wage jobs.

Area companies that employ Motlow Mechatronics graduates include: Bridgestone, Nissan, Calsonic, Copperweld, Yoroza Corporation of Tennessee, Frito Lay, Kasai North America, Sonoco, Great Lakes Cheese, General Mills, Batesville Casket, Morrison Industries, and more. For additional information or to apply for any of these exciting career opportunities visit, call 800-654-4877 or email [email protected]. •

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