2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Sep 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechatronics Technology, AAS


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Program Description

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that combines several types of technical design, industrial maintenance based on electrical, computer, and mechanical systems, referring to the skill sets needed in the contemporary, advanced automated manufacturing industry. At the intersection of mechanics, electronics, and computing, Mechatronics specialists create simpler, smarter systems. Mechatronics is an essential foundation for the expected growth in automation and manufacturing.

Mechatronics is an industry buzzword synonymous with robotics and electromechanical design. Robotics, control systems, and electro-mechanical systems fall under Mechatronics. Like mechanics, robotics, or production equipment? Have a capacity for creative problem solving? Enjoy technical and engineering activities? Can you work well as an integral member of a team? Mechatronics Technology could be the answer for you.

The Mechatronics Technology Degree Program is designed for the student who wishes to prepare for a career as an Mechatronics technician and/or electrician. The program provides learning opportunities that introduces, develops and reinforces academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for solid job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Moreover, the GTC program provides opportunities for the student to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills. The Mechatronics Degree program helps students develop skills in Mechatronics Technology providing background skills in several areas of industrial maintenance, including electronics, industrial wiring, motors controls, PLC’s, instrumentation, fluid power, mechanical design, pumps and piping, control systems programming and computer literacy. Graduates of the program receive a Mechatronics Technology Degree that qualifies them for employment as industrial electricians, design technology, and/or Mechatronics design.  Most curriculums combine academic training with hands-on activities, a capstone experience, and the opportunity to sit for industry certification exams. The program is built upon the Siemens Mechatronics Certification which is a nationally recognized certification in the industry.

View the Mechatronics Technology Program Fact Sheet  for additional information.

Employment Opportunities

Mechatronics is an enabling approach to technology that is increasingly applied in a number of economic sectors including: Biotechnology, Life Science & Medical; Electronics & Applied Computer Equipment; Telecommunications & Information Services; Distribution, Transportation & Logistics; Heavy & Special Trade Construction; Energy, Mining & Related Support Services; Petroleum Refining & Chemical; Transportation Equipment; Production Support & Industrial Machinery; Agriculture, Forestry & Food; Aerospace, Homeland Security and Defense. 

Mechatronics personnel, technicians, designers, electricians, millwrights, and other related jobs are charged with inspecting, maintaining, designing, interpreting, troubleshooting, and repairing commercial and/or industrial mechanical, robotic, control system, electronic, and electrical systems. These systems are typically found in manufacturing applications, assembly lines, power plants, and production facilities. The complex machinery found in each of these situations need technicians to install, service, troubleshoot, maintain, test, and repair machinery in order for companies to maintain a reduced operational problems and a higher level of productivity.

Curriculum


Essential General Education Core Courses (15 Credits)


Area I - Language Arts/Communication


(Successful completion of ENGL 1101  is required)

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences


(Choose ONE of the following)

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics


(Successful completion of MATH 1111  or MATH 1103  is required)

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts


(Choose ONE of the following)

General Education Elective:


To meet the minimum required 15 semester credit hours in general education courses, an additional 3 semester credit hours must be taken from Area I, Area II, Area III, or Area IV. Students can view the complete list of classes here .

Total Hours: 69


Suggested First Semester Classes:


Elective(s):


  • Choose 6 Credits from DFTG 2010 , IDSY, AIRC, WELD.

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