Mechatronics is the combination of various engineering disciplines (specifically involving mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, and programmable logic control) taught to create a more well-grounded technician in a complex system, with responsibility for efficient operation of equipment with minimal downtime. The program will prepare students to install, repair, diagnosis, and perform routine maintenance in a variety of industries.
Students pursuing an AAT degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.
Prerequisite(s): To enter the program, a student must be eligible to take college-level English and college-level psychology or another social science or humanities course.
Any developmental coursework that a student may be required to take to achieve this may increase the program length and is not reflected in credit counts as shown below. Math sequences to meet this requirement must be planned with your advisor prior to program enrollment.
Students must be at least 17½ years of age at the start of the program.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|FSME 101||Workshop Safety||3|
|FSME 111||Quality Principles, Inspection and Test||5|
|FSME 112||Fabrication Fundamentals I||5|
|FSME 113||Fabrication Fundamentals II||5|
|MEC 115||DC Circuits||5|
|MEC 116||AC Circuits||5|
|MEC 120||Computer Aided Design I||5|
|MEC 125||Hydraulics and Pneumatics||5|
|MEC 130||Electric Motors and Drives||5|
|MEC 135||Digital Electronics and Networks||5|
|MEC 150||Mechanical Systems||5|
|MEC 160CL||Programmable Controls I||5|
|MEC 170||Sensors and Actuators||5|
|MEC 290CAP||Mechatronics Capstone Project||5|
|Mechatronics AAT Technical Electives||5|
|AAT General Education Requirements||18|
Covers occupational safety and health for workers in manufacturing and engineering workshop environments.
Provides students with a foundational set of measurement, data analysis, and documentation skills. Teaches students how to interpret manufacturing drawings and schematics, how to take measurements and analyze data, and introduces quality principles and terminology used in industry.
Teaches students the basic workshop skills needed to fabricate parts and structures. Also introduces students to the properties of common materials used in manufacturing and engineering.
Introduces students to more advanced manufacturing and engineering fabrication techniques, including welding, the use of machine tools, composites, and electrical wiring.
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.
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.
Introduces the use of parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software to design parts working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.
Provides students with an understanding of design, installation, maintenance and repair techniques for the hydraulic and pneumatic systems used in automated systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|MEC 281||Independent Study I||2-5|
|MEC 282||Independent Study II||2-5|
|MEC 289||Internship/Work Experience||5|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MAT 104||Introductory Computer Mathematics||5|
|MAT 105||Mathematics for Industrial Professionals||5|
|MAT 106||Math for Electronics||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 110||Math for Non-Science Majors||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
|PSY 112DIV||Psychology of the Workplace||5|
|SOC& 101DIV||Introduction to Sociology||5|
|COLL 102||College Success for All||3|