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Mechatronics Basics

Technical Diploma

14 Credits | 1 year part time

Custom Delivery, Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Manufacturing

This program is currently only available through customized training. Please connect with Liz Pizzi, Associate Dean of Workforce and Community Development, at 800.243.9482 x4376 or liz.pizzi@NorthwoodTech.edu for any questions or training needs.



Mechatronics is defined as the combination of mechanics, electronics, computer technologies, sensors, robots, controls, hydraulics and pneumatics. It is used in the development, maintenance, and design of high-tech, efficient machines and products, and also used in automated processes for manufacturing and industrial tasks.

Northwood Tech provides the Mechatronics Basics training program for those looking to get a start in the manufacturing industry or advance their careers.

Program Overview

The Mechatronics Basics program will give students the skills to repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery. Students are also trained on how to lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance. The courses in this short-term embedded technical diploma are tied to The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) Certification - Level 1 tests - Industrial Electricity 1, Fluid Power 1, Programmable Logic Controllers 1 and Mechanical Components 1.

Program Outcomes

Mechatronics Basics graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
  • Install power transmission components, fluid power components, and automation components
  • Maintain power transmission components, fluid power components, and automation components
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Northwood Tech focuses on the skills that are priorities for industry. Not only are students working on real equipment, but they are also gaining real skills. A major focus is on training to troubleshoot. Whether the problem is mechanical, software related, or networking, students gain valuable experience in the theory, logic and process of troubleshooting.

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State-of-the-art equipment.

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Flexible delivery

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Learn by doing. 


Mechatronics Basics is offered through flex and in-person classes at the Rice Lake campus. The mobile lab is available to travel to on-site locations for manufacturing partners and high schools. 

Mobile Lab

Northwood Tech’s Mechatronics mobile lab is designed to offer coursework at off-campus sites to provide increased training opportunities for manufacturing partners and high schools. The mobile lab is equipped with state of the art equipment to provide learners with hands-on training. Please contact Liz Pizzi, Associate Dean of Workforce and Community Development at 800.243.9482 ext. 4376 if interested in mobile delivery.

Industry Credentials

Following course completion, students are eligible to take the Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) Mechatronics Certification, Level 1 online exams. PMMI credentials include Industrial Electricity 1, Fluid Power 1, Programmable Logic Controllers 1, and Mechanical Components 1. These certification exams are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System.

Less Than 1 Year

This technical diploma is just 14 credits and can be completed in less than one year. Upon completion, you'll be prepared to get a rewarding career in the exciting and innovative field of Mechatronics. 


The program is comprised of 14 credits that can be completed in one year while attending part time.

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Mechatronics Basics Courses

| 2 CR
The learner will develop skills necessary to install, maintain, and repair mechanical drive system components. The learner will use machine components to develop skills for installing and repairing defective mechanical drive systems. The correct installation and maintenance is required for trouble-free operation. COREQUISITE: 32454345 Packaging Systems Equipment and Control.
| 3 CR
This course develops the skills required for the implementation of vacuum, air, and oil used to transmit force for performing useful functions on machines. Students will apply symbols to components and connect components to understand the assembly, operation, and maintenance of fluid power systems. The transmission of force is used in a variety of applications and can be hazardous to individuals who do not understand the related laws of physics.
| 3 CR
This course is an introduction to electricity. The focus will be on direct current as used in industry. You will learn the basics of series, parallel and combination circuits. You will develop skills in circuit analysis, and electrical measurement using a digital multimeter.

Mechatronics Basics is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Mechatronics Basics student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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Technical Diploma
14 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Entry Level Electro-Mechanical Assembler, Maintenance Technician, Manufacturing Customer Service
Range of Yearly Salary
$37,818 annually
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You can continue your education and advance your skills.

Technical Diploma
64 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Packaging Systems Assembler, Maintenance Technician, Field Service Technician, Line Mechanic/ Adjuster, Packaging Systems Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
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You can continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out the application form. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Mechatronics Basics

14 Credits | Less than 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Mechatronics Basics Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Mechatronics Basics technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute

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The PMMI Mechatronics program helps move manufacturing forward by providing employers, schools and potential workers the tools needed to advance the workforce and close the ever expanding skills gap.

Through a series of tests based on industry-developed skill standards, the PMMI Mechatronics Certification program:

  • Helps employers assess workers for core skills
  • Guides schools in developing curriculum to prepare students for the manufacturing workforce
  • Provides a career pathway for students looking for rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing

PMMI certification tests are based on industry-developed standards and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System. PMMI works with a growing number of PMMI Mechatronics Education and Industry Partners to further advance this program. 


Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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