FARMINGTON HILLS — A new Oakland Community College credit technical program designed to train technicians in the multiple skills required in advanced manufacturing will begin in September.

OCC’s Economic & Workforce Development and Engineering, Manufacturing and Technological Sciences departments have listened to their partners in business and industry who have expressed the need for multi-skill training. In response to that unmet need, this program has been designed to fill skill gaps for new and incumbent workers.

Mechatronics – Integrated Skills for Advanced Manufacturing, begins with a series of core courses equaling 35 credits, or 570 classroom hours. Topics such as geo-algebra, industrial safety, mechanical gears and linkages, computer assisted design, applied electricity, problem solving, robotics and fluid power are covered in the core sessions. Classes are completed in five two-month components each including two to three classes, and finishing in June 2013.

Students will then be able to specialize in one of three tracks – Mechatronics & Controls (five classes – 16 credits), Fabrication & Welding (four classes – 12 credits), or Robotics & Automation (three classes – 12 credits).  Opportunities to gain supervised work experiences are part of the program.  Students may choose a customized internship, or employers may choose to develop an apprenticeship program.

Students will learn in labs filled with state-of-the-art industrial equipment such as full-size Fanuc robots, Hass CNC machines and much more.  In addition, labs are supplemented with Amatrol hands-on mechanical simulators, as well as virtual simulation.

All credits can be applied toward a technological sciences or general studies associate degree at OCC.

To learn more and participation in an Information Session call (248) 232-4000, or email


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