For the third consecutive year, the entire Industrial Electronic Technology cohort at Patrick Henry Community College passed the Level 1 Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program exam.
The average score of the cohort was 90.8, extending the 100% pass rate since the program’s inception in 2013.
“A 100% passing rate, especially with these high scores, is very impressive. This is an especially challenging certification exam that nationally only 85% of students pass,” said PHCC’s Industrial Electronic Technology faculty member Daniel Edwards.
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.
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, electric power generators.
The graduating class included Hector Miranda of Stuart.