Mechatronics (MEC)

MEC101 Introduction to Mechatronics

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090, and MTH020 with a "C" or better, or placement above, or instructor approval.

Introduction to Mechatronics introduces students to the field of Mechatronics through seminars, guest lectures, and visits to industry sites. Students will have the opportunity to see what technicians do in the workplace and how industry utilizes Mechatronics in advanced manufacturing.

Additional Course Fee: $45.00

MEC110 Introduction to Manual Machine Tools

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090, and MTH020 with a “C” or better, or placement above, or instructor approval.

Introduction to Manual Machine Tools provides an overview of the operation, function, and uses on many common tools used in manufacturing. This course includes instructions on band saw, drill press, manufacturing hand tools, manual lathe, and turning operations.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC112 Measurement Tools

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090, and MTH020 with a “C” or better, or placement above, or instructors approval.

Measurement Tools introduces basic measurement, precision measurement tools, and dimensional gauging. Learners will cover concepts such as S.I. Measurement, U.S. Customary Measurements, Tape Measure and Measurement Conversion. Applications taught include using a dial caliper, digital caliper, English micrometer, and metric micrometer.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC113 Industrial Safety

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090, and MTH020 with a “C” or better, or placement above, or instructor approval.

Industrial Safety covers the fundamentals of industrial safety. Workplace safety including a review of OSHA regulations, use of Personal Protective Equipment, Lockout/Tagout, and accident response will be covered as well as other safety topics.

Additional Course Fee: $45.00

MEC115 Print Reading

Credits 2Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Teaches learners how to interpret and accurately work with technical drawings. Explains print reading concepts and application, including use of sketches, multiview drawings, and line types. Covers print dimensioning, from basic dimensioning through first angle projection. Focuses on assembly drawings and fasteners, ending with an introduction to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

Additional Course Fee: $45.00

MEC121 Mechanical Drives I

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Mechanical drives introduces mechanical systems and develops fundamental knowledge of mechanical systems and practices. Covers basic safety, installation, key fasteners, power transmission systems, v-belt drives, chain drives, spur gear drives, and multiple shaft drives. Topics covered include learning how to select, install, adjust, troubleshoot, and repair a range of mechanical systems which are commonly found in both automated and manual machines used in every industry around the world.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC122 Mechanical Drives II

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: MEC121

Mechanical Drives II covers heavy duty V-Belt drives including conventional, multiple, wedge, and variable speed V-Belt drives. This course describes V-Belt selection and maintenance by covering V-Belt size specification, component identification, and troubleshooting. Learners will develop fundamental knowledge of synchronous belt drives, lubrication concepts, precision shaft alignment, and coupling. Also covered is heavy duty chain drives which describes silent chain drives, multiple-strand systems, chain selection, chain lubrication, chain maintenance and troubleshooting.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC123 Mechanical Drives III

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: MEC122

Mechanical Drives III includes describing lubrication, selection, maintenance and troubleshooting of plain ball bearings. It introduces anti-friction bearings by describing two types of bearing and teaching the fundamental skills of how to identify, mechanically install, and thermally install, and troubleshooting those bearings. Also covered is gasket and seals; such as o-ring seal, lip seal and mechanical seal, advance gear drives; such as helical gear drives, right angle gear drives, and speed reducers, gear drive selection and maintenance.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC131 AC/DC Electrical Systems

Credits 3Fall/Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

AC/DC Electrical course teaches fundamentals of AC/DC electrical systems used for power and control in industrial, commercial, agricultural, and residential applications using Amatrols virtual training technology. Students learn industry-relevant skills included in subject areas such as Basic Electrical Circuits, Electrical Measurement, Circuit Analysis, Inductance and Capacitance, Combination Circuits, and Transformers.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC132 Electric Motors

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: MEC131

Electric Motors introduces electrical circuits and works through many industry tasks in Electrical Systems including DC Series Motors, DC Shunt and Compound Motors, Motor Speed and Torque, Motor Performance, Split-Phase AC Motors, Capacitor-Start AC Motors, Permanent-Capacitor and Two-Capacitor Motors, and Three-Phase AC Induction Motors. Additionally this course covers major topics like AC and DC motor failures, common methods of diagnosing these failures by using a multimeter and megger meter, and troubleshooting these failures. Specific objectives include listing common failures of a three-phase AC motors stator windings, understanding common methods used to diagnose DC motor failures, and using a megger meter to test a DC electric motor armature.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC133 Motor Controls

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: MEC132

Motor Controls teaches electric relay control of AC electric motors found in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. Learners gain understanding of the operation, installation, design, and troubleshooting of AC electric motor control circuits for many common applications. Learners also develop skills in interpreting schematics, system design, motor start / stop circuits, motor sequence control, reversing motor control, and motor jogging. Safety is emphasized throughout, highlighting motor safety, lockout/ tagout and safety interlocks. Troubleshooting motor controls will also be included. Topics include voltage testing equipment as well as troubleshooting of control component, motor starter, power component, and motor control circuits.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC134 Electrical Fabrication

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: MEC131

Electrical fabrication introduces electrical system wiring and develops fundamental knowledge of electrical wiring and components. Covers basic electrical system wiring, interpreting wire installation plans, handling non-metallic cable, understanding application of basic components such as switches, outlets, and lighting, and connecting electrical services. This course will cover major topics like soldering basics, soldering and desoldering techniques, and electrical panel soldering applications.

Additional Course Fee: $45.00

MEC141 Pneumatics I

Credits 3Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090, and MTH020 with a C or better, or placement above, or instructor approval.

Pneumatics I prepares learners to work intelligently in industry with pneumatic applications. It introduces pneumatic power and takes learners through key topics and skills in pneumatic power & safety, pneumatic circuits, pneumatic schematics, the principles of pneumatic pressure and flow, and pneumatic speed control circuits. It covers pressure regulation, air filtration, how to connect pneumatic circuits, pneumatic cylinders, valves, and actuators, a wide array of pneumatic applications, pressure and cylinder force, pneumatic leverage, pressure and volume, and air flow resistance.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC142 Pneumatics II

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: MEC141 or instructor approval.

Pneumatics II builds on the basic pneumatics skills to teach intermediate pneumatic components and system applications. Learners will gain industry-relevant skills related to these new topics including operation, installation, performance analysis, maintenance, and design. These topics include cam-operated valves, cylinder sequencing with cam valves, cylinder deceleration circuits, pilot operated directional control valves (DCV), shuttle valves, air logic components, air logic design, air filters, filter selection, filter maintenance, water removal techniques, air dryers, after-coolers, water traps, air lubricators, and component maintenance. Additional skills are developed in advanced pneumatic principles, pneumatic cylinder loads, cylinder applications, quick exhaust valves, motor loads, air bearings, component sizing, air compressor types and operation, flow measurement, compressor performance, air filtration, lubricators, water removal, dryers, and pneumatic component.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC160 Introduction to Maintenance Welding

Credits 2Summer

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

In this course students will learn basic welding techniques and industry standards for maintenance welding through lectures and labs. Welding plays a critical role throughout our economy. It is central to many industries including manufacturing, construction, and aerospace to name only a few. Welding is a blend of both art and science, joined together to create enduring bonds that allow us to create structures and machines on a scale impossible to achieve without it. This course teaches how to safely create an array of high quality weld types.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC211 Statistical Process Control

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Statistical Process Control introduces students to the use of statistics in modern production environments. In this course students learn about probability and variation in the production environment. Additionally students learn how to read, interpret and create co from charts.

Additional Course Fee: $45.00

MEC231 Programmable Logic Controllers I

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Programmable Logic Controllers I (PLC) covers PLC programming, operation, and applications used in industry. This course covers a wide variety of program commands, ranging from timers and contacts, stepper motor control, and pulse width modulation (PWM) control that will quickly develop relevant and critical skills to be job ready in modern industry environments.

Additional Course Fee: $150.00

MEC232 Programmable Logic Controllers II

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: MEC231

Programmable Logic Controllers II (PLC) covers topics such as PLC input and output testing, software testing, and application troubleshooting. This course covers a wide variety of program commands, ranging from timers and contacts, stepper motor control, and Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) control that will quickly develop relevant and critical skills to be job ready in modern industry environments. Variable Frequency Drives are also covered in this course. Learners develop knowledge in the operation, installation, performance analysis, troubleshooting, and design of AC solid state control using 2-wire, 3-wire, manual, and open-loop speed control. Highlights motor jogging and dynamic braking as well as programmable acceleration and deceleration.

Additional Course Fee: $150.00

MEC241 Introduction to Hydraulics

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Introduction to Hydraulics introduces hydraulic power use and application, allowing learners to develop skills and knowledge needed to apply hydraulics in modern industry. It takes learners through key topics and skills in hydraulic power & safety, hydraulic circuits, hydraulic schematics, the principles of hydraulic pressure and flow, and hydraulic speed control circuits. It covers pumps, fluid friction, how to connect hydraulic circuits, hydraulic cylinders and valves (including needle valves), and a wide array of hydraulic applications. Additionally topics in hydraulic maintenance will be covered.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC242 Advanced Hydraulics

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: MEC241

Advanced Hydraulics builds on basic hydraulic skills teaching hydraulic components and system applications. Students will learn industry-relevant skills related to topics including operation, installation, performance analysis, and design. These topics include accumulator sizing, system design, circuit applications, component operation/ installation, pilot-operated directional control valves (DCVs), 2-stage DCVs, cam-operated DCVs, DCV spool center types and applications, cylinder types and mountings, pressure-compensated flow control valves, pilot-operated check valves, direct-operated relief valves, non-compensated flow control valves, rapid traverse slow feed circuits, cylinder sequencing, remote pressure control, pump unloading circuits, and p-port check valves. Additionally content on heat exchangers, reservoirs, fluid conductors, fluid conditioning, filtration, motor performance, pump performance, system design, and maintenance is covered.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

MEC243 Fluid Power Controls

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: Co-requisite: MEC242

Fluid Power Controls introduces electrical control systems and discusses basic control devices, power devices, control relays, sequencing control, timer control, pressure control applications, and circuit applications. Also discussed in depth to provide further skills is automatic and electrical control concepts and devices, logic elements, hydraulic and pneumatics solenoid-operated valves, relay and motor control applications, safety circuits and modes of operation.

Additional Course Fee: $15.00

MEC250 Manufacturing Operations

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Manufacturing Operations introduces the concepts, terms, and application of lean manufacturing principles and practices in the manufacturing process. Provides an overview of the history and evolution of lean, the benefits of lean process, and the role of management in the lean process. Reviews the 5S tool for organizing and maintaining the workplace: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Total Productive Maintenance concepts are also covered in this course including the importance of total productive maintenance and describing three principles of preventative maintenance, overall equipment effectiveness, implementing the elements of an autonomous maintenance program, and maintaining equipment.

Additional Course Fee: $15.00

MEC251 Robotics I

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

This course will introduce systems to the basics of industrial robot programming. Students will be introduced to coordinate systems, homing, and basic teach commands on FANUC robots.

Additional Course Fee: $85.00

MEC252 Robotics II - Vision Systems

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: Corequisite: MEC251

This course will continue from Robotics I to include vision systems on robots. Students will be trained to setup, calibrate and program a robot using an industrial vision system.

Additional Course Fee: $85.00

MEC270 Process Control

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Process Control teaches two of the most common types of process control systems, flow and liquid level. This course covers process control safety, instrument tags, piping and instrumentation diagrams, and level measurement, then moves into system control functions such as liquid level control, automatic control methods, basic flow measurement and control, and control loop performance.

Additional Course Fee: $80.00

MEC275 Maintenance Piping

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Mechatronics program or instructor consent.

Maintenance Piping teaches how to layout and assemble fluid piping systems used in industrial, construction, agricultural, and transportation applications. This course will cover basic skills in pipe and tube fitting including connection types and processes.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

MEC290 Mechatronics Capstone I

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: MEC123, MEC133. Corequisite MEC243, MEC231.

In this two term course sequence, students will complete a team or individual project of their own design that demonstrates their mastery of Mechatronics concepts. Teamwork, project planning, and budget tracking will be covered.

Additional Course Fee: $105.00

MEC291 Mechatronics Capstone II

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: MEC290

In the second term of the Mechatronics Capstone students will focus on project execution. Students will implement their plans created in the first term of the capstone project and track their progress. Weekly progress reports will be provided to the instructor culminating in display and report of their functioning Mechatronics system for industry representatives.

Additional Course Fee: $105.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.