Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary program, offered for students whose interests lie in the use of computers and control systems to direct the operation of the mechanical systems that power semiconductor manufacturing machinery and other modern industrial machines. Hands-on learning focuses on development of the technical skills needed to support installation, maintenance, repair, calibration and troubleshooting of control circuity and machine-to-machine networks that enable machines to control and monitor other machines.
Referring to the four interconnected disciplines - mechanics, electrical/electronics, motor control systems and computer science/information technology - that drive the design, operation and maintenance of all modern complex machinery, mechatronics is a fusion of the words mechanical and electronics.
Coursework covers blueprint schematic reading, digital control systems, electric motors, electric motor controls, computer controls, computer integrated manufacturing, computer programming, instrumentation, systems, and electronic drives, electro-fluid power systems, fluid power systems, lubrication, mechanical systems and drives, motion control, power distribution, pneumatics, process control and sensor technology.
Emphasis is also placed on developing effective written and oral communications skills.
This program is is offered through the Building Systems Technology Department.
- The program is one of only a few across the region offering this training
- Most of the classes are offered full- or part-time, days or evenings
- Academic advisement is offered through an advisement center dedicated to the technologies
- Coursework reflects state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary skills and theory
Career and Transfer Opportunities
This program leads a student to industry employment or transfer to a four-year college or university for a bachelor's degree. Graduates are prepared for positions as manufacturing or maintenance technicians, inspectors, testers or process control technicians at starting salaries of approximately $25 an hour or $49,500 a year. Some graduates also choose to continue their education at the bachelor's degree level.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of electrical theory including Ohm's law, series and parallel circuits, single-phase and three-phase systems.
- Understand and perform a series of prepared assignments for hands-on experience in the field of motor control. They use discrete devices, and follow that with the programming, application, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controllers. Students also program and operate a touch-screen device. All work complies with the National Electric Code and follows established safety standards.
- Understand complex automation systems that are used in a variety of electrical and electronic systems to control processes that are involved in the production of almost all goods and a great many services.
- Understand the various components, devices and machines used in modern automation systems along with a study of their related electronics that include pneumatics, control signal types, control valves, transducers, industrial communication networks, variable frequency drives (VFD), programmable logic controllers (PLC), operator interface terminals (OIT) and HMI/SCADA systems and how these systems integrate within a modern manufacturing environment. Students interpret schematics and symbology used in various types of automation systems drawings.
For more information regarding this program, contact:
Building Systems Technology Department
Williams Hall, Room 125
For more information about admission to this program, contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223