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2019-20 Mechatronics (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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. Typical positions include industrial engineering technician and manufacturing maintenance technician. The program can also provide preparation for apprenticeship programs leading to a variety of licensed journey positions.

The Mechatronics degree program trains students to be proficient in troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment and the digital systems that control them. It prepares students for positions in the highly technical manufacturing environment installing, troubleshooting, programming, and maintaining a variety of types of production equipment. Today’s manufacturing environment uses an extensive array of programmable controls, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), as well as other single function controls using firmware and analog applications. Students learn foundational skills in math, fabrication, and repair as well as hydraulics, electronics, troubleshooting and programming, preparing students for numerous positions in a wide variety of manufacturing facilities. Elective options allow students to focus on either a mechanical or electronics emphasis.

Most of the courses in the program are hands-on, open-lab courses supported by online instruction providing students exceptional flexibility when scheduling 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.

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 through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

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 are required to complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to
receive their degrees. 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/CIS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years. 1 0-4
MEC102 Basic Hand Tools or demonstrated proficiency 0-3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or higher level math 1 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or
BT113 Business English I or higher level composition 1
  Total Prerequisite Credits 7-15
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
EET104 Fundamentals of Manufacturing Electronics 4
MEC103 Industrial Safety 1
MEC110 AC/DC Electrical Systems for Manufacturing 3
MEC125 Pneumatics I 3
MET105 Blueprint Reading - Mechanical 3
MFG116 Metrology 2
Second Term
MEC115 Electrical Control Systems and Sensors for Manufacturing 3
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
WLD111 Technology of Industrial Welding I or
WLD101 Welding Fundamentals I and
WLD102 Welding Fundamentals II
Third Term
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
MEC130 Hydraulics I 3
MEC135 Mechanical Drives I 4
MEC149 Electric Motor Control I 4
  Total First Year Credits 47
Second Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fourth Term
MEC150 PLC Motor Control 3
MEC231 Hydraulics II 4
MEC236 Mechanical Drives II 4
  Approved program elective 3-9
Fifth Term
GS104 Physical Science with lab or approved program elective 4
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research or
LIB101 Introduction to Information Literacy
MEC151 Programming PLCs I 3
WR121 English Composition I or
BT114 Business English II or higher level composition
  Approved program elective 2-8
Sixth Term
MEC152 Programming PLCs II 3
MFG280 Cooperative Work Experience/Manufacturing 4
______ Approved program electives 8-14
  Total Second Year Credits 43-61
  Total Program Credits 90-108
Approved Program Electives (13-31 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
Mechanical Focus (Hydraulics, PNL, Drives)
MEC114 Safety for Industry 3
MEC116 Quality Practices and Measurement 3
MEC118 Manufacturing Processes and Production 3
MEC120 Maintenance Awareness 4
MEC140 Green Production 2
MEC119 Special Topics: Mechatronics variable
MEC226 Pneumatics II 3
MEC228 Pneumatic Fittings and Troubleshooting 4
MEC233 Hydraulic Troubleshooting 4
MEC238 Mechanical Drives III 4
MET101 Mechanical Drafting 3
MFG122 Manufacturing Processes II 4
MFG211 Manufacturing Power and Control Electronics 4
WLD112 Technology of Industrial Welding II 6
WLD250A Selected Topics in Welding: FCAW 2
WLD250B Selected Topics in Welding: GTAW 2
WLD250C Selected Topics in Welding: SMAW 2
WLD250D Selected Topics in Welding: GMAW 2
WLD250P Selected Topics in Welding: CNC Plasma Cutting 3
Electronics Focus
EET125 Electronics Fundamentals I (DC) 6
EET129 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3
EET130 Digital Fundamentals I 6
EET131 Digital Fundamentals II 6
Robotics Focus
MEC240 Robotics I 3

1 Required for graduation.

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