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The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in advanced manufacturing as process and production technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, quality assurance technicians, programmable logic control technicians and operators, and industrial engineering technicians.

The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of engineering technology and industrial applications: production materials and processes, quality, electronics, mechanics, robotics applications, hydraulics/pneumatics, instrumentation and safety. Laboratory investigations benefit all students by developing the skills required to manage, operate, calibrate, and troubleshoot equipment and tools used to make observations.

Questions? Call (904) 276-6893

Program Details

Location: Most higher-level courses are offered at the Orange Park campus where the mechatronic lab is located.
General education courses are available on all campuses and online.

Tuition and Fees: See Catalog

- A.S. Degree
Program Requirements: See Catalog
Program Plan-Course Rotation: (PDF)

Program Requirements: See Catalog

MECHATRONICS 4301- College Credit Certificate
Program Requirements: See Catalog

ROBOTICS AND SIMULATION TECHNICIAN 4128 - College Credit Certificate
Program Requirements: See Catalog

Certified Production Technician Training Program
This 80-hour contact course focuses on the core skills and knowledge needed by production workers in advanced manufacturing work environments. The course prepares participants to take the four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification examinations. Each participant is provided with access to online learning materials and trains in a state of the art production simulation lab located on the Palatka campus.

Topics covered:
Workplace essentials
Safety Awareness
Production and Processes
Maintenance Awareness

Up to 15 college credits may be awarded toward the Engineering Technology A.S. degree for passage of the CPT exams. This is equivalent to one full-time semester of college.

Classes are scheduled to meet industry demand.


The program serves as a model college-industry partnership.
Apprentices attend college courses at St. Johns River State College, and on the job training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a college credit certificate in Engineering Technology Support Specialist.

The apprentice program involves four (4) years of intensive training in one of the below skilled trades:

  • Aircraft Electricians
  • Aircraft Engine Mechanics
  • Electronics Mechanics
  • Painters
  • Sheet Metal Mechanics

Upon being selected for the Program, apprentices are hired into permanent, full-time Federal Civil Service (Civilian) positions associated with maintenance and repair of military aircraft.

Questions? Call (904) 276-6893

Job Outlook / Salary

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Career prospects for ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 4300 - A.S. Degree:

John Murrow student spotlight


John Murrow, 24, once thought he might become a mechanic, but his path shifted and it led him to employment at Georgia-Pacific and enrollment in the engineering program at St. Johns River State College (SJR State). Murrow has wholeheartedly embraced this shift, since he believes that life’s plans often change for good reason.

Donnie student spotlight


Donnie earned a college credit certificate as an Engineering Technology Support Specialist and is working on his A.S. degree.

Tyler Wilkinson student spotlight


Tyler recently completed the Manufacturing Prep Accelerated Program (MPAP) and is now employed with a local vacuum technology plant.
“I enjoy the machinery and the precision of the instruments and equipment. I’d rather hold a wrench than a pen, because I like that mental to physical problem solving.”

Shannon Beechum student spotlight


Shannon is living her dream of becoming an aircraft electrician, thanks to a partnership between SJR State and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast.

Brandon West student spotlight


Brandon West recently completed SJR State’s advanced manufacturing program, earning an Associate in Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Brandon now possesses the elements of engineering technology and industrial applications, including production processes and materials, automation, electronics, mechanics, robotics, hydraulics/pneumatics, and safety.