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Mechatronics: Power Transmission Career Pathways Certificate

Mechatronics: Power Transmission CPC (PDF)*

Courses for this Certificate

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.

Develops 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/tag out and safety interlocks.

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.

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 & 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 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
MEC135 Mechanical Drives I 4
Second Term
MEC226 Pneumatics II 2
MEC231 Hydraulics II 4
_______ Approved Program Electives 1 6-8
Third Term
MEC149 Electric Motor Controls 4
MEC150 PLC Motor Controls 3
MEC154 Computer Control 3
MEC236 Mechanical Drives II 4
Approved Program Electives (total of 6 to 8 credits)
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MEC227 Pneumatics III 2
MEC228 Pneumatic Troubleshooting 4
MEC236 Mechanical Drives II 3
  1 Elective maximum 8 credits.  

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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