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Mechatronics Program Information

MVCC’s Mechatronics Certificate program prepares students for a career in advanced manufacturing in just ONE YEAR!

This hands-on program is one of only a few in the region offering this training to provide specialized skills for high-tech, high-skilled careers in advanced manufacturing fields such as nanotechnology. Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified for immediate entry-level employment and may pursue careers in advanced manufacturing as machinists, tool operators, nanotechnology support and other functions.

All credits earned will also transfer to the Electrical Service Technician - Electrical Maintenance associate in occupational studies (AOS) degree if students decide to pursue that path. The program also will help to prepare students who wish to pursue industry-recognized certifications, such as the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Certified Production Technician (MSSC – CPT).

Here is the breakdown of courses, by semester:

First Semester

MA105 Technical Mathematics 1
4 credits
This course covers the four fundamental operations on integers, rational numbers, and real numbers. It includes the study of weights and measures, exponents and radicals, factoring, and linear equations, with an emphasis on technical applications. Two class hours and four lab hours weekly.

ET111 Electrical Systems
4 credits
This course provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary within any electrical service technician program. It includes an in-depth study of electrical units and prefixes, Ohm’s Law, series and parallel DC resistive circuits, as well as electrical energy and power relationships in DC circuits. It investigates AC sine wave generation, mutual inductance, inductive and capacitive reactance, instantaneous values of voltage and current, as well as real and apparent power. Troubleshooting techniques and strategies to identify, localize, and correct malfunctions are examined. Practical application of each topic is included in laboratory. Three class hours and two lab hours weekly. Prerequisite: MA105 Technical Mathematics 1.

ET127 Modern Industrial Practices
3 credits
This course presents a broad introduction of topics related to industrial and manufacturing environments. Key principles of safety and workplace hazard awareness, quality practices and measurement methods, modern manufacturing processes and production methods, and an awareness of maintenance procedures in manufacturing environments are discussed. Three class hours and two lab hours weekly.

MT149 Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
3 credits
This course presents a study of fluid power technology using fluids or compressed air as the transfer media. Complete hydraulic and pneumatic systems are studied including power sources, reservoirs, pumps, compressors, lines, valves and actuators. Troubleshooting strategies used to identify, localize and correct malfunctions in pneumatic and hydraulic systems are presented. Preventative maintenance and safety issues are discussed. Two class hours and two lab hours weekly.

Second Semester

ET104 Systems Diagrams
3 credits
This course covers the types, application, and use of electrical/electronic drawings. It covers schematic diagrams and symbols as well as the operation of electro-mechanical devices. The course differentiates between schematics and wiring diagrams. It develops the use of block diagrams, schematics, ladder-logic diagrams, wiring diagrams, assembly drawings, and bills of material. Topics include Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Basic Relay PLC Instructions, PLC Timers and Counters, and PLC programs in the form of PLC ladder diagrams. Two class hours and two lab hours weekly. Prerequisite: ET111 Electrical Systems.

ET131 Electrical Machinery and Controls 1
4 credits
This introductory course investigates the construction, operation, and control of electrical equipment installed and maintained by the various electrical trades. Topics pertain to direct current equipment and include shunt, series, and compound motors and generators, manual and automatic DC controllers, stepping motors, and DC meters. It emphasizes the practical aspects of magnetic flux, counter-electromotive force, armature and field currents, motor and generator loading conditions, and the relationship of these electrical characteristics to specific types of mechanical, electrical, and electronic controllers. Two class hours and four lab hours weekly. Prerequisites: ET111 Electrical Systems and MA105 Technical Mathematics 1.

MT139 Mechanical Systems
4 credits
This course is a study of the basic mechanical components in a complex mechatronics system. Topics covered include basic functions and physical properties of mechanical components and the roles they play in the system, such as materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties. Troubleshooting techniques and strategies used to identify, localize and correct malfunctions are presented. Concepts in systematic preventative maintenance and mechanical component safety are presented, and technical documentation, such as data sheets and specifications of mechanical elements, are also covered. Two class hours and four lab hours weekly.

ET251 Mechatronic Systems
3 credits
This course provides hands-on experience in the control, maintenance, and simulation of a mechatronics system in a team environment to promote learning a broad array of job-ready troubleshooting skills in integrated technologies. Topics covered include: system level programming/ troubleshooting, applications and calibration of hall-effect sensors, vacuum grippers, pneumatic robots, material feeding system, magnetic sensors, photoelectric sensors, magnetic reed switches, limit switches, inductive sensor, capacitive sensors, ultrasonic sensor, synchronous belt drive, ball screw drives, part rejection/transfer, stepper motors, homing sensors, GMR (Giant Magnetoresistive) sensors, pneumatic screw feeders, pick and place assembly, gravity feeders, servo robotics, and parts transfer. Two class hours and two lab hours weekly.

Technology Elective
3 credits
May be fulfilled by MT155 Intro to Solid Modeling, MT107 Basic Machine Shop, or BM150 Principles of Entrepreneurship.