High marks for PHCC’s Mechatronics class

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From left to right: (front row) Sebastian Barberena, Patrick Price, Erik Price, Jeffrey Bray, Christopher Cooper, Taylor Aaron, Ricardo Mitchell. (Back row) Adam Jones, Jeffery Evans, Ethan Adams, Joshua Hale, Kendall Ledyard, Jesus Yepez, Francisco Garcia. (Not Pictured) Chuck Perry, Bryan Hundley, Sharon Clark.

For the fourth year in a row, the entire Industrial Electronic Technology cohort at Patrick Henry Community College passed the Level 1 Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program exam – a critical credential for job placement in that field.

The average class score was 82.9 percent, according to a release from PHCC.

“A 100 percent passing rate, especially with these high scores, is very impressive,” said Daniel Edwards, PHCC’s Industrial Electronic Technology faculty member. “This is an especially challenging certification exam that nationally only 85% of students pass.”

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification is recognized by industries as the gold standard for recruiting employees in computer science, electronics, and mechanical engineering.

With it, students are able to efficiently and effectively diagnose and repair complex automated equipment, making them better equipped in areas of electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, and pneumatics using programmable logic controllers.

Most graduates obtain jobs with local industries or transfer to four-year colleges to continue their education in engineering, the release stated.

Not only did these students pass this national certification with high marks, but collectively the 17-person class received 62 industrial electronics technology credentials this semester. Almost two-thirds of the class will receive associate degrees in Industrial Electronics Technology, along with at least one career studies certificate and certificates in Variable Frequency Drives or Programmable Logic Controllers.

“The success of our students over the past three years has been simply remarkable. The hard work and dedication of our instructors has been instrumental in making our engineering programs the gold standard in the state,” said Steve Branch, PHCC’s Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Mechatronics is the combination of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering, and plays an increasing role in most aspects of life including vehicles, household appliances, public transportation systems and electric power generators.

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