Rise of the Machines! Cambrian College Launches Mechatronics Programs

Posted on Monday December 17, 2018

SUDBURY – Try to imagine our world without machines that are created through a combination of computer programming, automation, and mechanical systems. This covers everything from appliances to home security systems run by your smartphone, to remote-controlled scoop trams, to machines that build other machines.

This is the world of mechatronics. The demand for skilled engineering technicians and technologists who can design, build, program, operate, and repair these machines has never been greater.

Cambrian College is responding to this demand by introducing two new Mechatronics programs this September:

  • Electromechanical Engineering Technician – Mechatronics (2 years)
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technologist – Mechatronics (3 years)

Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering and electronics, with elements of automation, computer programming, and telecommunications. Students in Cambrian’s new Mechatronics programs will be taught in a new state-of-the-art lab, using the latest technologies in computer-aided design and automation.

“Students in these new programs will also be developing the analysis and problem-solving skills that are so crucial to the field of mechatronics right now,” says Joanne MacLellan, Dean of Cambrian’s School of Engineering Technology. “At Cambrian, we’re known across the country and even internationally for providing industry with graduates who are qualified and ready to work in fields that specialize in modern-day trades and technology, and this is the latest example.”

One of the businesses needing people skilled in mechatronics is HARD-LINE. Based in Greater Sudbury, and with operations around the world, HARD-LINE is a leading supplier of remote control and automated systems for mining and other industries.

“There is a shortage of people with this skill set right now. I need them today,” says Walter Siggelkow, founder and President and HARD-LINE and a Cambrian College graduate (Electronics Engineering Technology, 1992). “Cambrian is making the right move by getting in front of this industry, because we’re hiring people now, the demand is going to be there for years to come, and there are lot of opportunities for people with this skill set.”

Students of both programs will also have unique opportunities to put their skills into practice by working on applied research projects, and in practical work placements.

For more information on the Electromechanical Engineering Technician – Mechatronics program please visit: cambrianinternational.ca/mechatronicsTN.

For more information on the Electromechanical Engineering Technologist – Mechatronics program, please visit: cambrianinternational.ca/mechatronicsTY


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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 75 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit

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Last Act of Kindness: Freemasons Lodge in Capreol Winds Down with Gift to Cambrian College

Posted on Wednesday December 5, 2018

Photo caption (left to right)
Kristine Morrissey - VP, International, Finance & Administration, Cambrian College
Tom McKinley - National Lodge No. 588 A.F. & A.M. Capreol.
Keith Jordan - National Lodge No. 588 A.F. & A.M. Capreol.
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