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Mechatronics Program Launched

The Business & Industry Services division of Catawba Valley Community College announces a new technical program in Mechatronics that will enroll students in the first class next month. Mechatronics combines the knowledge of mechanics, electricity, electronics and computers into an integrated hands-on, skills-based curriculum.

CVCC is the first college in the Hickory area to offer this type of advanced automation training.  CVCC designed the curriculum in collaboration with local industry partners to provide additional technical skills required to support and sustain today’s advanced manufacturing systems.

The first class begins Tues., Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.   

Automated manufacturers use sophisticated mechanical equipment that integrates electrical systems, electronic components and computer technology. CVCC’s new Mechatronics Program will help individuals develop or expand skills in all these areas, making them more versatile to their employers and expanding their marketability in a tough job market.

Taught by Jim Thomas and John Camerlengo, the program includes instruction in industrial mechanics, fluid power, industrial electricity, programmable logic controllers, motor controls, and process controls.  Two levels of certification will be available, each 168 hours in length.

Thomas and Camerlengo bring more than 50 years of engineering and maintenance experience in a wide variety of industries.  Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and Camerlengo holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  

These following industries and others were instrumental in the design of the curriculum and acquisition of equipment for CVCC’s Mechatronics Program:

•    Duke Energy
•    CommScope
•    Draka
•    Poppelmann Plastics USA LLC
•    Turbotec
•    ZF Lemforder

For more information about the October class, or to register, contact Susan Harris at CVCC, 828-327-7000, ext. 4294 or

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