Mechatronics

Explore a Career in Mechatronics

Do you enjoy computer science?

Do you have a passion for robotics and electronics?
Roll all of those into one and you have the field of

Mechatronics

for innovative tech creations.

Mechatronic specialists work to make machines smarter and more efficient. One day on the job might involve assembling and repairing automated machines, another day could include operating and testing robotic equipment. In between, you might be reading blueprints, troubleshooting issues, and improving performance safety. If this sounds like a career you’d enjoy, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) can prepare you to get started.

As a GAP apprentice, you will:

Gain the hands-on skills you need

Get paid to go to school and train

Earn a college degree for free

If you’re a high school student, you can participate in a specialized apprenticeship program to learn how to be a mechatronics technician (and get paid). At the same time, you can earn a college degree for free, fast-tracking your way to a paycheck and a rewarding career.

Skills for Success as a Mechatronics Technician

If you enjoy the latest tech gadgets and like to solve problems with innovation, mechatronics could be the perfect field of study for you. Here are some common characteristics of mechatronics technicians. Do any of these sound like you?

Interests

  • Technology 
  • Innovation
  • Building
  • Creating 
  • Repairing
  • Robotics
  • Electronics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Systems construction
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Lifelong learning

Skills

  • Curiosity
  • Passion
  • Ambition
  • Precision
  • Creativity
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Technical ability
  • Problem-solving 
  • Attention to detail
  • Hands-on work

School Subjects

  • Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Engineering
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Computer science
  • Electrical systems
  • Technical/shop class
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The Future of Mechatronics Careers

Thanks to a retiring workforce, about 1,100 related career openings are projected each year through 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some of the top industries that hire mechatronics professionals include:
As a mechatronics technician, you could use your skills and know-how to work with mechanical and electrical engineers in these areas:
  • Engineering services
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Electromedical manufacturing
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing

When it comes to career outcomes, the hands-on experience you get from an apprenticeship can give you a step up in the field. It can also provide you with access to a higher-paying position sooner, helping you build up to a higher salary quicker over time.

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Potential Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

At Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, we work with top supply chain logistics companies in the Piedmont-Triad area to provide the best hands-on apprenticeship training. Learn from experienced workers who live in your community, gain valuable skills, and develop strong connections.

Once your GAP apprenticeship is complete, you could continue working with your apprenticeship provider as a regular full-time employee. After all, our apprenticeship partners are looking to invest in you — building their next generation of skilled, loyal workers.

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FAQs

Find answers to common questions about GAP’s apprenticeship and a career as a mechatronics technician.

We provide apprenticeships for high school students throughout Guilford County, North Carolina, including Greensboro, Jamestown, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, McLeansville, Pleasant Garden, Whitsett, and Sedalia.

No, students do not need to live in Guilford County, NC, or attend high school in Guilford County to qualify.

You can apply for our youth apprenticeship program starting your junior year of high school. If accepted, you start on-the-job training while you’re still in high school. You are paid for your work as an apprentice, and the cost of all of your tuition, books, and fees are covered as well.

You’ll earn a competitive hourly wage that increases as you progress through the program. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have earned an associate’s degree from Guilford Technical Community College. If you’d like to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are eligible for transfer to most state 4-year universities.

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Yes! In the Piedmont area alone, there are companies that supply parts for SpaceX, install equipment at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, provide software support for Microsoft, and make equipment that is used on the International Space Station.

The average hourly rate for mechatronics technicians in the U.S. is approximately $29, though the range falls between $18.75-$42.07, according to July 2023 data from ZipRecruiter. Pay may vary based on location, skill level, and years of experience.

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