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.

Upon completion of the program, you are eligible for the following Certifications

  • Certificate of Completion – Chaffey College
  • Cal/OSHA 10 General Industry
  • Amatrol Certificates
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Career Pathways

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

  • Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as electronic multimeters and ammeters.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, or diagrams to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
  • Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using hand tools.
  • Repair, modify, or calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
  • Install, use, or maintain robots i.e., Pegasus and Universal Robots.
  • Collaborate and consult with engineers to ensure that electromechanical equipment or systems meet design specifications.
  • Install, program, or troubleshoot computer hardware or machine or instrumentation software in microprocessor-based systems such as PLCs.
  • Modify, maintain, or repair electrical and mechanical components to ensure proper functioning capabilities i.e., motors and control.
  • 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.
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.
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