This program prepares students for employment as a MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN or as an engineering technician in the related areas of electro-mechanical, aerospace, industrial, or manufacturing. The program specializes in training in the design, fabrication, and testing of mechatronics systems – mechanical systems controlled with electronics or computer technology. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and covers: modern fabrication techniques (robotics & automation, PLC, 3D printing or FDM, stereolithography SLA, laser cutting/engraving, machining and G-code, CNC processes), control systems (using micro-controllers like Arduino; PID control), collecting sensor data, using sensor feedback, and control of various motors and actuators (servo, DC, brushless, stepper, and pneumatics).
Employment is mainly in private manufacturing industries such as the mechanical, industrial, biomedical, or aerospace areas.
The skills learned in this program are also essential job skills for ENGINEERS, so transfer students are also encouraged to take this coursework. It should be noted that many of these job skills courses may not be available at the university, and others may be transferable to the university.
Learning Outcome(s): Students will be able to:
1. design and fabricate mechatronics systems
2. use and program micro-controllers to control various actuators
3. fabricate parts using various rapid prototyping equipment
This program has CERTIFICATE and ASSOCIATE DEGREE
options. The required core courses are the same for both but the degree
option also requires completion of general education
coursework per Plans A, B, or C of college catalog (~ 30 units)
If more units are needed to complete the associate degree (~ 60 units), it is suggested students also select from the following list: Cmpr 120 (programming in C), Engr 104 (solidworks II), Engr 130B (CATIA II), Engr 114 (GDT), Welding 108, Mnfg 173 (mastercam), Automotive 124 (electronics systems, 5 units),
Required Core Courses:
|Engr 100A||Introduction to Engineering||3|
|Solidworks Basic Solid Modeling|
CATIA Beginning Solid Modeling
|Engr 131||Introduction to Mechatronics||0.5|
|Engr 132||Introduction to Robotics||2.5|
|Engr 133||Basic Mechatronic ||3|
|Engr 134||Intermediate Mechatronics||3|
|Engr 135||Advanced Mechatronics ||3|
|Engr 158||Basic Machining Concepts and Operations||3|