SPARK - Robotics & Mechatronics

Welcome to Career Ignite at SCTCC. St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a co-sponsor of the Times Media SPARK project, a year-long exploration of skilled career options in Central Minnesota.

Many of these careers are experiencing a shortage of workers and are well paying. And all of them are available to study at SCTCC for you to finish in two years or less.

Get ready to learn about the wide variety of in-demand industries in the area from September through May. Then get ready to ignite your career by starting at SCTCC!

November: Energy & Electronics

The Energy & Electronics program at SCTCC has AAS, diploma and certificate program options:

  • Energy Technical Specialist (AAS 60 credits)
  • Energy Technical Specialist - Nuclear (AAS 74 credits)
  • Instrumentation & Process Control (AAS 60 credits; diploma 56 credits)
  • Mechatronics (AAS 60 credits; diploma 56 credits; certificate 30 credits)
  • and Robotics and Automation Technology (AAS 60 credits; diploma 56 credits).

Open House - open to the public
Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Learn more about robotics and mechatronics and what kinds of careers are available at an open house. All the manufacturing programs at SCTCC will have information available: mechanical design, welding and machine tool technology. Then stick around for the VEX Robotics competition at 6:00pm!

Info Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:00 p.m.

Info Sessions are a great way to learn about program prerequisite courses, submitting an application to the program, and other processes related to applying to programs. There is also time for questions. Seating for each session is limited, so sign up as soon as you can.

Put your skills to meaningful work as an energy technical specialist and energize your community. Specialize in traditional energy sources like ethanol, biodiesel, fossil fuels, or nuclear. Or switch it up and give renewable energy a try with specialization in wind or solar energy.

The Electronics Program will have you applying electronic engineering principles and technical skills to instrumentation and industrial control systems, digital and analog circuits, automated manufacturing and robotics, manufacturing and facilities maintenance, embedded microcontrollers, and telecommunications systems.

Skills Acquired

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Apply creative and critical thinking skills to solve technical and social problems
  • Use appropriate forms of communication to effectively and efficiently communicate in specific situations.
  • Develop and maintain safe, positive, and ethical work standards.
  • Demonstrate and awareness of issues concerning global concerns: social, economic and cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.

Career Choices in Energy & Electronics

Companies who hire SCTCC grads

  • Xcel Energy
  • Park Industries
  • Coldspring
  • 3M

For more information on getting started with the Energy & Electronics program at SCTCC, please visit

Next month: Plumbing and Electrical