Academic Catalog

Mechatronics Classes

DC Circuits

Item Number
MEC 115
Credits
5

Covers DC electrical terms, equations and theory. Presents techniques used for solving problems involving resistance, voltage, and current in circuits. Presents fundamental laws and relationships applied to the analysis of circuits, including capacitors and/or inductors. Basic circuit fabrication techniques and standard instrumentation used in test and measurement of DC circuits will also be covered.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.

AC Circuits

Item Number
MEC 116
Credits
5

Covers AC circuit analysis. Network theorems are applied to the solution of AC circuits. Resonance, filters, AC power and three-phase circuits are covered in detail. Introduces standard instrumentation used in testing AC circuits and measurement of AC circuits and systems. Discusses wiring techniques for AC power systems.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 115.

Computer Aided Design I

Item Number
MEC 120
Credits
5

Introduces the use of parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software to design parts working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of FSME 113.

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Item Number
MEC 125
Credits
5

Provides students with an understanding of design, installation, maintenance and repair techniques for the hydraulic and pneumatic systems used in automated systems.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.

Electric Motors and Drives

Item Number
MEC 130
Credits
5

Gives a broad perspective of DC motors, AC motors (both single and three-phase), and variable speed drives. Industrial applications of variable speed drives for constant torque, constant horsepower, and variable torque/variable horsepower are covered. Stepper Motors and Servo Motors are discussed along with their advantages and applications.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 115.

Digital Electronics and Networks

Item Number
MEC 135
Credits
5

Introduces logic fundamentals, numbering systems, codes, gates, truth tables, basic Boolean theorems and combination logic circuits. Also introduces the elements used to create TCP/IP-based industrial networks, including switches, routers and firewalls. The course will include network troubleshooting and the use of network diagnostic tools.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 115.

Computer Programming and Logic

Item Number
MEC 140CL
Credits
5

Introduces computer programming and problem solving. Topics include language syntax, data types, program organization, algorithm design and logic control structures. Also covers program design techniques such as flowcharts and the use of pseudocode.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MATH& 141.

Mechanical Systems

Item Number
MEC 150
Credits
5

Develops an understanding of mechanical components used in typical mechatronic systems, such as positioning mechanisms, cranks and sliders, and belts and pulleys. Includes fabrication, test and troubleshooting of prototype devices.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.

Programmable Controls I

Item Number
MEC 160CL
Credits
5

Covers programmable logic controller (PLC) architecture, configuration, and programming. Teaches students what PLCs do and where they are used. Introduces the Relay Ladder Diagram (RLD) programming language. Students will write and test PLC RLD programs and create a PLC system using digital and analog I/O simulators.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 140.

Robotics

Item Number
MEC 165
Credits
5

Covers basic robot terminology and operational skills including safety, moving a robot in joint and world modes, and creating Teach Pendant programs. Students will also learn about preventative maintenance, and will program a robot to carry out simple tasks representative of industrial practice.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 140.

Sensors and Actuators

Item Number
MEC 170
Credits
5

Students will develop an understanding of how actuators and sensors are chosen for and used in automated systems. Students will demonstrate understanding by integrating actuators and sensors into prototype equipment.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 115 and MEC 125.

Programmable Controls II

Item Number
MEC 200
Credits
5

Exercises students’ PLC programming and integration skills through the completion of a project representative of modern industrial control practice. Students will also learn about installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of PLC systems.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 160.

Metrology and Calibration

Item Number
MEC 210
Credits
5

Introduces students to basic concepts of metrology, including common technical terms, basic measurement concepts, electronics related to measurement instruments, and math used in calibration. Also teaches various techniques used to make good measurements using calibration equipment and the standards and requirements for implementation and maintenance of calibration and measurement equipment.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 115 or instructor permission.

Maintenance Management

Item Number
MEC 220
Credits
5

Introduces students to some of the tools used to plan and manage the maintenance function in manufacturing organizations including consideration of total productive maintenance (TPM) and corrective, preventative, risk-based and condition-based maintenance strategies. Students will also be introduced to computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) and will demonstrate their understanding of the subject by developing a maintenance plan for a typical manufacturing organization.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MEC 125, MEC 130, and MEC 150.

Independent Study I

Item Number
MEC 281
Credits
2

A theoretical and/or lab-based investigation into a topic directly related to Mechatronics. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to an appropriate course of study. Students registering for independent study must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the independent study and the student.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of ENGL& 101, MATH& 141, PHYS& 114, and instructor permission.

Independent Study II

Item Number
MEC 282
Credits
2

A theoretical and/or lab-based investigation into a topic directly related to mechatronics. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to an appropriate course of study. Students registering for independent study must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the independent study and the student.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of ENGL& 101, MATH& 141, PHYS& 114, and instructor permission.

Internship/Work Experience

Item Number
MEC 289
Credits
5

Provides students with practical on-the-job experience, and offers students a way to combine classroom study with related work experience under the supervision of an employer. Work experience must be related to the student’s educational and career objectives in the field of mechatronics. Includes a weekly seminar component. Students must submit, at or before registration, a description of the proposed internship, signed by the employer, the instructor and the student.

Prerequisites

Instructor permission.

Mechatronics Capstone Project

Item Number
MEC 290CAP
Credits
5

A required capstone project to be completed prior to graduation as a final check of competency. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to a project that will apply the skills and competencies that students have acquired in the program, and that will result in a portfolio piece showcasing their abilities. Students must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the capstone project and the student. This course is to be taken the final quarter of the program.

Prerequisites

Instructor permission.

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