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Mechatronics Specialist Certificate

2018-19 Mechatronics Specialist Grad Guide (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 144201J
Courses for this Program

About the Program

Today’s manufacturing industry uses robots and other advanced fabrication and assembly equipment to produce a wide variety of products. All of these systems rely on digital controls including programmable logic controllers. Mechatronics technicians calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair both the equipment and the controllers. Mechatronic technicians in southern Oregon are needed by manufacturers in the food processing, wood products, and metal fabrication industries.

The Mechatronics Specialist three-term certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in today’s fast-paced manufacturing environment. Typical positions for graduates of the certificate program include maintenance technician and mechatronics assistant. Completion of the certificate also completes the first three terms of the Mechatronics AAS degree. Certificate completion can also lead to entry into apprenticeship training.

Foundational skills in math, technical writing, safety, workplace survival, and workplace expectations are combined with welding, hydraulics, and other applied courses. Most of the courses in the program are hands-on, open-lab courses supported by online instruction providing students exceptional flexibility when working around family, employment, or other commitments.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for mechatronics programs are:

Install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechatronic systems using industry-standard tools, practices and procedures.

Assist in design and rebuilding projects.

Follow, develop, and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and procedures.

Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.

Promote energy efficiency and industrial sustainability.

Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards.

Communicate effectively across a variety of audiences: technicians, engineers, management, and customers.

Demonstrate life-long learning towards professional growth.

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Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students
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Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Students must also complete any prerequisites.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and with the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Students must complete coursework in their major at a “C” or better level before proceeding to advanced coursework. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for
these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.
MEC102 Basic Hand Tools or demonstrated proficiency 0-3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or higher level math
Note: Required for graduation.
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level composition
Note: Required for graduation.
  Total Prerequisite Credits 7-15
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
EET104 Fundamentals of Manufacturing Electronics 4
MEC103 Industrial Safety 1
MFG116 Metrology 2
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
WLD111 Technology of Industrial Welding I or WLD101 Welding Fundamentals I and WLD102 Welding Fundamentals II 6
Second Term
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
MEC130 Hydraulics I 3
MEC135 Mechanical Drives I 4
MET105 Blueprint Reading - Mechanical 3
MFG122 Manufacturing Processes II 4
Third Term
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
EET150 PLC Motor Control 3
MEC125 Pneumatics I 3
MFG210 AC/DC Electrical Systems 3
MFG232 Electronic Motor Controls I 3
  Total Program Credits 47

For more information contact the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7902
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7902
Web address:
TTY Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711