Multiple pathways at Motlow lead to high-paying jobs in Mechatronics

MCMINNVILLE – Motlow State established itself as a statewide leader in Mechatronics over a decade ago. Through partnerships with area universities and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT), Motlow has established multiple pathways that lead to high-paying jobs in Mechatronics.

Whether you are a high school sophomore, a recent high school graduate or an adult looking to start a new career or advancement, many of the pathway options begin with little or no tuition costs. Mechatronics is a high-wage, high-demand program that prepares graduates for a career in fields such as automotive, power production, manufacturing, robotics, and more. Motlow offers Mechatronics degrees on its Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses.

Pathway Options:

  • High School Dual Enrollment students can earn a certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree before graduating from high school
  • TCAT graduates can seamlessly transfer to Motlow and earn a certificate and an A.A.S. degree
  • Traditional students can use the Tennessee Promise grant to earn a certificate and an A.A.S. degree
  • Non-traditional students can use the Tennessee Reconnect grant to earn a certificate and an A.A.S. degree

Regardless of how you begin your Mechatronics journey, you can earn up to $45,000 per year with a Motlow Mechatronics Certificate and successful completion of the Siemens Level 1 Exam. Graduates who complete the A.A.S. and the Siemens Level 2 Exam can expect to earn up to $65,000 per year.

Advanced Degree Options

After completing the A.A.S. degree, students can take advantage of Motlow’s partnerships with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Tennessee State University (TSU) or University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) to earn bachelor’s degrees.

Bachelor’s Degree Options:

  • MTSU – Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering
  • UTC – Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Technology
  • TSU – Bachelor of Science in Applied Industrial Technologies (at Motlow’s McMinnville campus)

Graduates of any of the bachelor’s degree options can expect to earn up to $90,000 per year.

Graduates of the TSU bachelor’s degree have an additional opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with an Engineering Management Concentration at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma.

The ATMAE certified Motlow Mechatronics program produces highly recruited graduates. Industries are rapidly expanding the technology used in advanced manufacturing and product design by integrating robotics and automation systems. Mechatronics graduates develop a knowledge of mechatronic systems and the trouble-shooting skills to perform exceptionally well in high-wage jobs.

Students choose Motlow State for Mechatronics training because our graduates have:

  • Received hands-on training in automation technology and mechatronic systems
  • Developed critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Enhanced and refined individual technical skills
  • Developed work-ready communication and collaboration skills
  • Prepared to serve as an interface between business and manufacturing operations
  • Prepared for multiple industries in the global competitive market

Area companies that employ Motlow Mechatronics graduates include Bridgestone, Nissan, Calsonic, Copperweld, Yoroza Corporation of Tennessee, Frito Lay, Kasai North America, Sonoco, Great Lakes Cheese, General Mills, Batesville Casket, Morrison Industries and more.

For additional information or to apply for any of these exciting career opportunities visit, call 800-654-4877 or email

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