New Program Prepares SUNY Delhi Grads for High Tech Careers
DELHI, NY (01/25/2014)(readMedia)-- SUNY Delhi has launched a new associate degree program, Mechatronics Design, that prepares students for the rapidly growing fields of advanced manufacturing and automation.
Delhi's Mechatronics Design program, the first of its type in New York State, combines major technological disciplines. According to the National STEM Consortium, mechatronics is a new and emerging career that trains technologists to work on robotic and "intelligent" equipment ranging from automated teller machines to multi-million dollar manufacturing cells.
"Delhi's faculty members have years of experience in computer-aided drafting and design, 3D printing and electrical instrumentation, which relate to the teaching of mechatronics," said Eric Robert, SUNY Delhi Dean of Applied Sciences and Building Technologies. "Delhi is uniquely qualified to prepare graduates in an evolving industry where many jobs go unfilled."
As part of Delhi's Mechatronics Design, students master the latest industry software and produce three-dimensional models or "reverse engineer" products using 3-D scanners or rapid prototyping machines.
According to Professor Mike Miller, Delhi's mechatronics program follows professional standards. "Our faculty keeps pace with industry, which is why we are accredited by the ADDA (American Design Drafting Association)," says Professor Miller. "Also, we ensure that our hardware and lab facilities are upgraded every two years." SUNY Delhi recently received around $75,000 from two industrial automation leaders to enhance the program's equipment and help develop future mechatronics-related programs at the college.
Mechatronics Design graduates will have a multi-disciplinary skill set that will prepare them to fill emerging jobs in industrial manufacturing, food processing, aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical production, electronics manufacturing, and the entertainment/amusement industry. According to CareerBuilder.com, technologists in this field earn an average annual salary of $50,000.
SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive university system in the U.S. Delhi's seamless approach to education includes over 60 academic programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in specialized program areas, including Hospitality Management, Business and Professional Golf Management, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Information Technology Management, Architectural Design and Building, Construction Technology and Management, Business and Technology Management and Criminal Justice.
For more information about SUNY Delhi's Mechatronics Design, contact Enrollment Services at 1-800-96-DELHI or visit online at www.delhi.edu.