Nathan Wright

Taking control

Wright’s mechatronics degree has provided a new, fulfilling career

While Nathan Wright was working in a factory, he found himself intrigued more with the work going on behind the scenes than what was happening in front of him.

When that factory closed and he came to St. Clair County Community College to better prepare for the workforce, he found a program that fit what had interested him: mechatronics.

“I was one of the mill workers left behind,” he said. “I went to SC4 to get more schooling, and I found out about mechatronics. I had seen this stuff going on in the factory I had been working in.”

“I was seeing what happened in factories, and I really liked the control side.”

Thanks to some previous credits he had earned while getting a degree in computers from ITT Technological Institute, Wright was able to finish his mechatronics degree at SC4 in less than two years.

Now Wright, a 1999 Port Huron Northern graduate, is an Automation Technician at Triton Automation Group in Port Huron, where he has been for the past three years. He’s programming robots, working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and electrical control design, and much more.

When asked if he was happy with his new career, Wright answered quickly, “Absolutely!”

He said that his time at SC4 gave him a good base of information for his current job.

“We got more of the hands-on training, not just learning the book work,” he said. “You get to go into the labs and actually see what you were just learning, then you can apply it and watch it work.”

Learn more about SC4’s mechatronics program.