New Bachelor’s Degree Focused on Mechatronics Careers

August 17, 2017 at 11:40 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate has created a new baccalaureate program to enable area residents with associates of applied science degrees in mechatronics to expand their career options.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in advanced manufacturing management will be offered when the fall semester begins on August 24. More than 200 AAS degrees in mechatronics have been awarded since 2014 by technical colleges partnered with USC Upstate; this program has been especially designed to meet the needs of Upstate manufacturers for technical managers who are equipped for leadership positions in advanced manufacturing.

“The program objectives will prepare graduates to assume organizational leadership roles, communicate with all levels of an organization, and solve complex problems that combine technical and nontechnical factors such as economics and societal impacts,” said Timothy Ellis, AMM program coordinator and USC Upstate instructor.

The AMM program has been in development since 2016. University faculty and administrators have worked with area technical colleges as well as leading Upstate manufacturers to craft a program that will provide the necessary leadership skills for mechatronics degree holders to pursue opportunities for advancement. The degree is offered through the University’s Division of Natural Science and Engineering.

“Having highly-skilled associates in mechatronics is important to the success of companies like BMW,” said Ryan Childers, department manager of student programs at BMW Manufacturing.  “However, solid leadership skills are also important. This degree will give technical professionals the tools to be more effective and have greater opportunity for advancement throughout their careers.”

According to a report from the Brookings Institution, the Upstate region is home to more than 1 million residents and Greenville-Spartanburg receives more per-capita foreign direct investment than any other region in the United States. The number of advanced-manufacturing jobs in the area continues to grow as the success of marquee businesses such as Michelin, BMW, General Electric and Lockheed Martin draw attention to the region’s many benefits, including a reliable source of quality employees.

For more information about the advanced manufacturing management program, contact Tim Ellis at (864) 552 -4235 or tellis@uscupstate.edu. To apply to USC Upstate, please visit www.uscupstate.edu or call (864) 503-5246 or (800) 277-8727.