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Mechatronics AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

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.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
FSME 101Workshop Safety3
FSME 111Quality Principles, Inspection and Test5
FSME 112Fabrication Fundamentals I5
FSME 113Fabrication Fundamentals II5
MEC 115DC Circuits5
MEC 116AC Circuits5
MEC 120Computer Aided Design I5
MEC 125Hydraulics and Pneumatics5
MEC 130Electric Motors and Drives5
MEC 135Digital Electronics and Networks5
MEC 150Mechanical Systems5
MEC 160CLProgrammable Controls I5
MEC 170Sensors and Actuators5
MEC 290CAPMechatronics Capstone Project5
Mechatronics AAT Technical Electives5
AAT General Education Requirements18
 Technical Credits91

Workshop Safety

Item #
FSME 101
Total Credits
3

Covers occupational safety and health for workers in manufacturing and engineering workshop environments.

Prerequisites
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Quality Principles, Inspection and Test

Item #
FSME 111
Total Credits
5

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.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Fabrication Fundamentals I

Item #
FSME 112
Total Credits
5

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.

Prerequisites
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Fabrication Fundamentals II

Item #
FSME 113
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to more advanced manufacturing and engineering fabrication techniques, including welding, the use of machine tools, composites, and electrical wiring.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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DC Circuits

Item #
MEC 115
Total 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.
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AC Circuits

Item #
MEC 116
Total 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.
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Computer Aided Design I

Item #
MEC 120
Total 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.
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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Item #
MEC 125
Total 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.
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Electric Motors and Drives

Item #
MEC 130
Total 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.
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Digital Electronics and Networks

Item #
MEC 135
Total 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.
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Mechanical Systems

Item #
MEC 150
Total 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.
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Programmable Controls I

Item #
MEC 160CL
Total 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.
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Sensors and Actuators

Item #
MEC 170
Total 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.
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Mechatronics Capstone Project

Item #
MEC 290CAP
Total 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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Mechatronics AAT Technical Electives

Total Credits
5
Students must take 5 or more credits from the following course. Other related courses may be approved by faculty.
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AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
18
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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This page was last updated on February 17, 2016.