Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics (ARM) Pre-Apprenticeship


Mechatronics studentsThe Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics (ARM) Pre-Apprenticeship training program is designed to meet industry demand for entry-level and incumbent workers entering or working in manufacturing, distribution and other industries using advanced technology in plant operations.

Participants will receive instruction in industrial electrical and mechanical components, hydraulics and pneumatic controls, industrial safety and automation, mathematics, diagrams & schematics, maintenance fundamentals and advanced maintenance & robotics.

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ARM Pre-Apprenticeship students typically will be prepared to become entry-level Mechatronics Technicians. Mechatronics Technicians typically do the following:

  • Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
  • Inspect parts for surface defects.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts, using hand or power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Develop, test, or program new robots.
  • Prepare written documentation of electromechanical test results.
  • Repair, rework, or calibrate hydraulic or pneumatic assemblies or systems to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
  • Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment used for green production applications, such as waste-to-energy conversion systems, minimization of material waste, or replacement of human operators in dangerous work environments.
  • Train others to install, use, or maintain robots.
  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.
  • Analyze engineering designs of logic or digital circuitry, motor controls, instrumentation, or data acquisition for implementation into new or existing automated, servomechanical, or other electromechanical systems.
  • Collaborate with engineers to implement electromechanical designs in industrial or other settings.
  • Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and Non sustainable designs.
  • Consult with machinists to ensure that electromechanical equipment or systems meet design specifications.
  • Determine whether selected electromechanical components comply with environmental standards and regulations.
  • Develop or implement programs related to the environmental impact of engineering activities.
  • Establish and maintain inventory, records, or documentation systems.
  • Fabricate or assemble mechanical, electrical, or electronic components or assemblies.
  • Identify energy-conserving production or fabrication methods, such as by bending metal rather than cutting and welding or casting metal.
  • Install or program computer hardware or machine or instrumentation software in microprocessor-based systems.
  • Modify, maintain, or repair electrical, electronic, or mechanical components, equipment, or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Produce electrical, electronic, or mechanical drawings or other related documents or graphics necessary for electromechanical design, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Select and use laboratory, operational, or diagnostic techniques or test equipment to assess electromechanical circuits, equipment, processes, systems, or subsystems.
  • Select electromechanical equipment, materials, components, or systems to meet functional specifications.
  • Specify, coordinate, or conduct quality-control or quality-assurance programs and procedures.
  • Test and analyze thermodynamic systems for renewable energy applications, such as solar or wind, to maximize energy production.
  • Translate electromechanical drawings into design specifications, applying principles of engineering, thermal or fluid sciences, mathematics, or statistics.
Eligible Certifications
  • Certificate of Completion – Chaffey College
  • Cal OSHA-10
  • Amatrol Certificates
How do I know this is for me?
  • You enjoy hands-on practical work
  • You like to take things apart to see how they work
  • You like to inspect parts and put things together
  • You like to dismantle and reassemble machinery
  • You like to repair and make new parts
  • You like to use hand and power tools
  • You don’t mind getting dirty
  • You like to monitor equipment and ensure it properly works
What can I do with these certificates?
  • Designer
  • Electro-Mechanic
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician)
  • Electronic Technician, Engineering Specialist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Technician, Mechanical Technician
  • Process Control Tech
  • Product Test Specialist
Where can I work/top employers?
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
What is the potential wage outlook?

Median Wages (2020): $28.75/hour, $59,800 annual

CA Wages – Mechatronic Technologists &amp Technicians

  • Workers on average earn $62,500.
  • 10% of workers earn $39,360 or less.
  • 10% of workers earn $104,070 or more.
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