Maintenance Mechatronics (MTX)

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Maintenance Mechatronics class at Green River

MTX students learn how to operate, maintain and repair modern industrial machinery. Green Rivers Maintenance Mechatronics Program is a hands-on, student-centered program. Students can choose their own path to success in multiple industries. We offer two stackable certificates in Machine Maintenance Proficiency. Certificate coursework can be applied towards the Maintenance Mechatronics Associate in Applied Science Degree.

MTX is a new profession emerging to support industry needs because advanced machinery and automated systems are playing increasing roles.

What is mechatronics?

Mechatronics is the study of the different types of energies that are used in machines. These energies are mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic. Our curriculum is focused on how computers are utilized to control advanced automated machine systems.

Course topics include:

  • Safety
  • Risk Analysis
  • Hydraulic Energy
  • Mechanical Energy
  • Pneumatic Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Common Maintenance Practices
  • Systematic Diagnostic Methods

Each energy topic is presented in the following format:

  • Concepts
  • Components
  • Maps (Blueprints, schematics, etc.)
  • Math

Areas of employment

Aerospace is the primary target industry for our students. However, Aerospace has aspects of many different industries and our training opens doors across a wide spectrum of businesses. Equipment manufacturing, food processing, chemical processing, maritime occupations and construction are just a few of the potential employers for MTX graduates.

Potential employers:

  • Equipment manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Chemical processing
  • Maritime occupations
  • Construction

Wage data

The median wage for qualified MTX technicians is over $50,000 annually. As it is such a new profession there is no actual wage data, but estimates can be made at 55 to 60 thousand. Very few people realize that maintenance repair people are always the highest paid factory workers in all industries, and Green River’s MTX program will prepare students to enter near the top of that profession.

OccupationEst. EmploymentAvg. WageAnnual Wage
Electrical/Electronics Repairers, Industrial Equipment 1,589 $32.97 $68,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 25,751 $20.19 $42,007
Maintenance Wkrs, Machinery 1,484 $22.49 $46,776
*Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis, June 2013

Employment outlook

Mid-level High Demand Fields
*Source: Washington Student Achievement Council, A Skilled and Educated Workforce, 2013 Update