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Mechatronics: Power Transmission

Mechatronics: Power Transmission

Career Pathway Certificate
Courses for this program

About the Program

Power Transmission is an engineering method that matches the power machine and the working part of the machine in terms of energy configuration, movement speed and motion form. Of the four major types of transmissions (mechanical drives, hydraulic, pneumatic and motor controls) that are currently in use, none of the power transmissions are perfect.

Electric motor control 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.

Student will 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.

Mechanical drives introduces mechanical systems and develops fundamental knowledge of mechanical systems and practices. The program 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.

Basic hydraulics introduces hydraulic safety, 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 and 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.

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 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.

Completion 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
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or designated placement score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90)  or designated placement  score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14

Required Courses

First Term
Course No.
Course Title
MEC102 Mechanical Fabrication 3
MEC103 Industrial Safety 1
MEC125 Pneumatics I 3
MEC130 Hydraulics I 3
MEC135 Mechanical Drives I 4
Second Term
Course No.
Course Title
MEC226 Pneumatics II 2
MEC231 Hydraulics II 4
_______ Approved Program Electives1 6-8
Third Term
Course No.
Course Title
MEC149 Electric Motor Controls 4
MEC150 PLC Motor controls 3
MEC154 Computer control 3
MEC236 Mechanical Drives II 4


1Elective maximum 8 credits


Approved Program Electives (total of 6 to 8 credits)

Course No.
Course Title
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MEC227 Pneumatics III 2
MEC228 Pneumatic Troubleshooting 4
MEC236 Mechanical Drives II 3

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