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Mechatronics Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Students must be at least 17½ years of age at the start of the program.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
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
COLL 102College Success for All3
 Technical Credits43

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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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to familiarize students with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with SALT component for financial planning. 

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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