What is the Mechatronics Training Program?
Mechatronics is a training program and partnership between MBUSI, Shelton State Community College, and the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT).
Originally, Mechatronics came from the combination of MECHANICS and ELECTRONICS. The increasing complexity of technology has since warranted the inclusion of various additional functions such as Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, and Control Engineering.
The Mechatronics program provides students with the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary to support the building of world class automobiles at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, Alabama.
After completing the Mechatronics Training & Curriculum at Shelton State, the top 75% percent of graduating class enrolled in the program will advance to MBUSI and earn a full time position in Production.
Of the students that advance to MBUSI, a top percentage will go into the MB Industrial Mechatronics Maintenance Program at AIDT.
Note: If you would like to qualify for federal financial aid (including Pell Grant) you must go to: www.fafsa.gov and complete all of the requirements for federal aid. If you have questions, please contact the Shelton State Community College office of financial aid at (205) 391-2218 or online at www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid.aspx.
Partnership & Assistance
The Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics program is a training partnership between Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. in Vance, Alabama, Shelton State Community College and Alabama Industrial Development Training, Alabama. (AIDT)
Another educational co-operative program Automotive Technician is between Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama.
The whole Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics Program includes 7 terms of instruction at Shelton State Community College and an additional 18 months of training at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International at AIDT in Vance. Only a certain percentage of the students that advance to MBUSI will be selected for the 18 months of additional training. Upon satisfactory completion of the coursework at Shelton State, students will earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Industrial Electronics and a short certificate in Industrial Maintenance. Coursework only offered during day classes. This Program does not include college preparatory work.
Assistance for Tuition & Fees
MBUSI provides assistance for tuition and fees for all terms at Shelton State Community College. Eligibility for assistance for Term 2 through Term 7 is dependent upon overall GPA:
Note: If you would like to qualify for federal financial aid (including Pell Grant) you must got to www.fafsa.gov and complete all of the requirements for federal aid. If you have questions, please contact the Shelton State office of financial aid at (205) 391-2218 or online at www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid.aspx.
The Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics Program includes seven ongoing terms of instruction at Shelton State Community College (Day Classes Only) along with hand-on training at the Mercedes-Benz Institute and on-site learning experiences at our production facility. Accordingly, the students will attend classes Monday through Thursday at Shelton State, and will also experience operational insights and daily procedures at MBUSI on Fridays. Upon satisfactory completion of coursework at Shelton State, students earn an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Electronics and a Short Certificate in Industrial Maintenance.
At least the top 75% percent of the graduating class enrolled in the program will advance to MBUSI and earn a full time position in Production in the Body Shop or the Paint Shop. Among those starting at MBUSI, a top percentage will be elegible to take part in the Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics Maintenance Apprenticeship Program at AIDT. During the 18 months, these students are trained on-the-job besides their full time employment and also take courses at the Mercedes-Benz Training Center which further qualifies them for maintenance positions with us.
Curriculum for Term 1 through Term 7 while at Shelton State Community College
|Course #||Term #1 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 100||Applied Electronics Computations||3|
|ORI 101||Orientation to College||1|
|INT 119||Principles of Mechanical Measurement and Technical Drawings||3|
|ILT 106/ELT 111||Concepts of DC Electricity||5|
|ILT 107/ELT 112||Concepts of AC Electricity||5|
|Term #1 total hours: 17|
|Course #||Term #2 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 111||Concepts of Solid State Electronics||5|
|ILT 112||Concepts of Digital Electronics||5|
|ILT 227||National Electrical Code||2|
|MTH 100/116||Intermediate College Algebra / Mathematical Application||3|
|ILT 167/ ELT 117||AC/DC Machinery and Controls||3|
|Term #2 total hours: 18|
|Course #||Term #3 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 197 / ELT 209||Motor Controls 1||3|
|ILT 115||Advanced Industrial Controls||3|
|ILT 116||Advanced Industrial Controls Lab||2|
|INT 153 / PSY 276||Precision Machining / Human Relations||3|
|Term #3 total hours: 11|
|Course #||Term #4 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 176 / ELT 176||Elements of Industrial Controls||3|
|ILT 177/ ELT 177||Elements of Industrial Controls Lab||2|
|ILT 276 / ELT 276||Elements of Industrial Controls 2||3|
|ILT 277 / ELT 277||Elements of Industrial Controls 2 Lab||2|
|ELT 118||Industrial Wiring||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition 1||3|
|Term #4 total hours: 16|
|Course #||Term #5 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 169||Fundamentals of Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics||3|
|INT 117||Principles of Industrial Mechanics||3|
|INT 153 / PSY 276||Precision Machining / Human Relations||3|
|SPH 107||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|CIS 146||Microcomputer Applications||3|
|Term #5 total hours: 15|
|Course #||Term #6 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 216||Introduction to Robotics||3|
|ILT 217||Introduction to Robotics Lab||2|
|INT 112||Industrial Maintenance Safety Procedures||3|
|Term #6 total hours: 11|
|Course #||Term #7 Courses||Hrs|
|ILT 195||Troubleshooting Techniques 1||3|
|ILT 148||Automatic Control Systems||3|
|ILT 149||Automatic Control Systems Lab||2|
|ART 100||Fine Art / Hum (ART, DNC, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHL, REL, THR, SPA)||3|
|Term #7 total hours: 11|
|Program Total: 99|
How to Apply
Open enrollment for the next MECHATRONICS session is open from October 12th 2015, until February 29th with classes beginning in August of 2016. Note: You must enter your student ID on the Technical Program Application. Your application will not be considered unless you include your student ID.
PLEASE Click on the link below to begin your application process: AIDT JOBS - Mercedes-Benz Technical Programs
- Apply to Shelton State Community College.
- Click the above application link complete the application, and enter your student Id.
- Qualified candidates will be invited to the training center for an assessment administered by AIDT.
- Top candidates will be invited to the training center for an additional assessment administered by AIDT.
- Top candidates will be invited for an interview with MBUSI. (H/S transcript and WorkKeys results are required at interview)
Will students have to take the COMPASS test?
While it is possible that some will have appropriate scores on either the ACT or the SAT or will be transferring from another institution, it is likely many will have to take the Compass. Again, these students will follow all of the same procedures as all other students who apply for admission to Shelton State.
What if I have not had a WorkKeys assessment?
You will need to set up a WorkKeys assessment with Shelton State Community College and have the results prior to the interview phase.
Will students be eligible for financial aid apart from the potential assistance (tuition, fees, books) provided by MBUSI?
Yes. As with all students, however, they must complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov). For questions related to the federal aid or the financial aid process at Shelton State Community College, please visit www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid.aspx.
Will MBUSI cover any of my cost for tuition and books?
Please see “Mechatronics Partnership & Assistance.”
How will I be notified if I’m selected for the program?
If you’re selected for the program, you will be notified by e-mail.
What are my commitments to MBUSI when I finish school?
After successful completion of the program at Shelton State Community College and for those students that enter the MECHATRONICS program, a 2-year commitment to MBUSI is required. No commitment is required from those that enter a production position.
Will I work in the same area while I’m in the program?
Work assignments and areas may change while in the program.
What will my hours be while I’m in the program?
While attending classes at Shelton State, students will be required to work at least 8 hours per week; on Friday and/or Saturday.
For those who advance to the MBUSI portion of the Mechatronics program, you will receive training on the job and in the classroom.
When attending classes at Mercedes-Benz Institute (MBI), work hours will be in the daytime only.
When receiving training on the job, the work hours will depend on the area and need.
How will the top 75% be determined?
The top percentage will be identified by the students overall GPA and work performance.
If a student completes all the courses at Shelton State, will he/she be guaranteed a job at MBUSI?
MBUSI will offer full-time positions in production to the top 75% that successfully complete the program of study on time at Shelton. Of those students, a top percentage will be admitted into the MECHATRONICS phase of training at MBUSI.
What is included in my course of study in the Mechatronics program at MBUSI?
Courses at MBUSI will be related to the specific areas of assignment.
What is included in my course of study at Shelton State?
Please see the section on “training.”
What area will I be in when I finish the program?
For those who go into the production, those jobs will be in our production shops. For those who successfully complete the Mechatronics program at MBUSI, those students will fill positions in the various Maintenance groups.
What will I be doing at the plant while I’m in school?
While attending school, students are required to work 8 hours per week. The work areas will be in the production shops.
What type of training will be included if I’m in the industrial Mechatronics program at MBUSI?
When a student enters the Mechatronics program, they will be training on the job and taking courses at the Bill Taylor Institute, through AIDT. (BTI is located on Mercedes Drive next to the plant.)
Is this a Maintenance program?
No, this is not a Maintenance Program; however a certain percentage of top students will be offered a Maintenance Apprenticeship Position.
Are the specific courses required at Shelton State available to me at night or with distance learning?
All course work related to the Mechatronics program will be offered in the day time only.
What will my work hours be while attending school at Shelton?
Students will be working on Friday and/or Saturday. Any other additional work days will be approved on a case by case basis.
Will vacation be available to me while I’m in the Mechatronics program at MBUSI? (This is after completion at Shelton State.)
- For students that go into production or into the Mechatronics program, allotment for vacation will follow normal vacation guidelines.
- For students in the Mechatronics program, vacation can only be taken during the “on the job training.”
I understand that I will be required to work at least 8 hours per week at MBUSI while I’m attending school at Shelton. Will I receive any vacation benefit from MBUSI during this time?
Students will not be eligible for vacation.
What will the benefits be while I am attending Shelton State?
In addition to being eligible for the assistance and the possibility of earning a full-time position, students will be paid for the hours worked at MBUSI and will receive team wear, safety shoes, and any other protective equipment required.
What is the process for being selected?
See “How to Apply.”
If I’m a current MBUSI full time Team Member or NAOS Team Member, can I apply for the Mechatronics Program?
- Current MBUSI Team Members: Yes, current MBUSI Team Members can apply for the Mechatronics Program. The process involves an internal posting for the program which occurs on a specified date. Internal canditates must meet the criteria which is communicated when the internal process is opened.
- Current NAOS Team Members: Yes, current NAOS Team Members can apply; however, if you are invited to participate in the selection process and you are working a full time job with NAOS, you must use your own time to cover for being away from work to participate in any of the selection phases. If you are selected for the program, you would have to resign from your position with NAOS production.
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