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Mechatronics Specialist Certificate

2020-21 Mechatronics Specialist (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
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.

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.

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

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

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 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 Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 1 0-2
MEC102 Mechanical Fabrication 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 10-13
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
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 Electronic Control Systems 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 4
  Approved program electives 0-4
  Total Program Credits 47-51

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

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