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Applied Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology is the use of high-tech equipment and systems to make manufacturing production faster, simpler and more efficient. It involves automated systems, industrial networks, and electronic controls as well as practices to eliminate waste and redundancy. The industrial technology field employs creative and technically proficient individuals who can help manufacturing, logistics and distribution companies increase productivity and efficiency.


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  1. Apply to the college for a Job Upgrade.
  2. When you receive your student ID number, enroll in all 4 Mechatronics Level 1 classes.
Mechatronics Level 1 Classes
Code Title Units (Credits)
AIT 250 Mechatronics: Electrical Components 3
AIT 251 Mechatronics: Mechanical Components 3
AIT 252 Mechatronics: Pneumatic and Hydraulic 3
AIT 253 Mechatronics: Programmable Logic Controllers 3

Mechatronics Technician Training

Efficient support of complex production systems

WNC announces innovative technical preparation for internationally recognized SIEMENS certification.

  • Highly effective training with immediate impact on the job
  • Knowledge & skills for advanced manufacturing & automated systems
  • Troubleshooting & root cause analysis
  • Preventive & predictive maintenance mindset
  • Adaptable expertise to support electromechanical systems
  • Internet of Things perspectives for Industry 4.0

Session One: June 18-29 • 8 am �” 5 pm
Session Two: August 6-17 • 8 am �” 5 pm
Prerequisite: Field experience or college course work (instructor permission required)

$2500 Includes tuition & fees, class material & exam.

Limited Space: Email Emily Howarth at Emily.Howarth@wnc.edu for more information.

Manufacturing Technician 1 Credential

This fast and focused program offers a combination of in-class and online lesson and lab experiences to prepare you to enter an advanced manufacturing job, above entry-level:

  • AIT 101 is online computer-based instruction with interactive multimedia modules of study and simulators instead of a textbook. Computer skills are enhanced through a broad look at technical fundamentals.
  • AIT 155 is an in-person lab class where students work through printed workbooks that align with their studies in AIT 101 and then complete lab and practice exercises on our training equipment. This course requires on-campus attendance and participation to develop, practice, and demonstrate hands-on skills.
  • AIT 200 is a projects class, where students will work on both computer-based and hands-on activities to prepare specifically for the Manufacturing Technician level 1 certification exams. The course includes instructor-led progression through printed workbooks and computer-based modules of study, in addition to hands-on lab exercises.

Earning an MT1 credential documents broad-based knowledge of the processes needed to troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of what a typical machine operator can do with electrical, fluid power, and control systems. An MT1 from Western Nevada College has the skills expected in advanced manufacturing positions, including precision measurement, industrial process and machine troubleshooting, problem-solving, simple machine maintenance, and proficient use of computer and web-based tools.

The MT1 credential is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification

Against the backdrop of Siemens’ technical dominance in automation and the growing number of integrated mechatronic systems internationally, the demand for a qualified and competent workforce is increasing. Along with specialized technical content embedded in college coursework, the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) focuses on providing a wide range of skills in troubleshooting and adaptive root cause analysis. To guarantee a world-class technical skills standard, the Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin has partnered with Western Nevada College to offer this industrial certification training.

Industry Credentials

WNC holds the distinction of being a Siemens Industrial Training (SITRAIN) partner school, and our series of Level 1 and Level 2 Mechatronics courses prepares students for the rigorous Siemens Mechatronic Systems exams which validate knowledge and skill by awarding internationally recognized credentials.

The program courses include specialization in electrical, mechanical, fluid power, and programmable logic control modules while solidifying skills for advanced manufacturing, including project management, process optimization, research, cost control, safety, documentation, and effective teamwork. Siemens Mechatronics courses at WNC will prepare students for certification exams at both Level 1 and Level 2 of the Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems program.

Associate of Applied Science

The AAS Technology: Mechatronics degree specialization distinguishes students as those who have achieved internationally recognized technical competence with a solid foundation of industry knowledge �” a combination that results in high-paying career opportunities.

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Applied Industrial Technology is a discipline in the Career and Technical Education division.

Current AIT course offerings:

AIT-101 Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology
AIT-102 Measurement Tools and Methods
AIT-103 Introduction to Machine Tool Technologies
AIT-121 Electrical Control Systems
AIT-155 Applied Industrial Technology Hands On Lab
AIT-198 Special Topics in Applied Industrial Technology
AIT-200 Applied Industrial Technology Projects
AIT-201 Pneumatic Power Technologies
AIT-250 Mechatronics: Electrical Components
AIT-251 Mechatronics: Mechanical Components
AIT-252 Mechatronics: Pneumatic and Hydraulic
AIT-253 Mechatronics: Programmable Logic Controllers
AIT-285 AIT Certification/Examination Prep
AIT-290 Applied Industrial Technology Internship