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Mechatronics: Fluid Power Specialist Career Pathways Certificate

Mechatronics: Fluid Power Specialist CPC (PDF)*

Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

Fluid power is a term describing hydraulics and pneumatics technologies. Both technologies use a fluid (liquid or gas) to transmit power from one location to another. With hydraulics, the fluid is a liquid (usually oil), whereas pneumatics uses a gas (usually compressed air). Pneumatics and hydraulics have powered machines in innumerable applications across manufacturing, industry, agriculture, power generation, and many more for decades. These power sources are utilized all over the world in countless fields, so a strong theoretical understanding combined with hands-on training in pneumatic and hydraulic applications is indispensable for nearly any industry. Both are forms of power transmission, which is the technology of converting power to a more useable form and distributing it to where it is needed. The common methods of power transmission are electrical, mechanical, and fluid power. The Fluid Power Specialist certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in today’s fast-paced mechanical and 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.

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.

Demonstrate skills and ability to design and troubleshoot, rebuild projects, processes and procedures.

Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.

Practice energy efficiency and industrial sustainability.

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 policies and the Automotive Technology Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with current agreement. Verified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification or industry experience may be substituted for some coursework in accordance with college policies and the department chair’s approval.

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
CIS/CS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Information Science or
Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or higher level math or designated placement score  0-4

College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score

  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
MEC102 Mechanical Fabrication 3
MEC103 Industrial Safety 1
MEC125 Pneumatics I 3
MEC130 Hydraulics I 3
_______ Approved Program Electives 2-4
Second Term
MEC226 Pneumatics II 2
MEC231 Hydraulics II 4
MEC232 Hydraulics III 2
MEC233 Hydraulic Troubleshooting 4
  Total Program Credits 24-26
Approved Program Electives (minimum one course)
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MEC135 Mechanical Drives I 3
MEC227 Pneumatics III 2
MEC228 Pneumatic Troubleshooting 4

For more information, contact the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-956-7902
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7902
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527

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