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MEC - Mechatronics

MEC102 (3 credits)
Mechanical Fabrication
Introduces learners to the basic knowledge needed for assembly and the proper and safe application of hand tools. Coursework builds knowledge in the many types of bolts, wrenches, and other fittings commonly used in industry and how to properly apply them, including pneumatic fabrication fittings. Focuses on proper techniques for checking connections and testing fittings with an emphasis on safety. Proper tool use helps in many ways, including injury avoidance, fewer product quality issues, and lower tool breakage costs. Prerequisites: CIS120 or documented proficiency, MTH20, RD90 or WR91 or designated placement scores.

MEC103 (1 credit)
Industrial Safety
Covers the importance of workplace safety, OSHA regulations, and practicing safety in the workplace. Learners will study topics like the importance of safety policies, common causes of workplace injuries and accidents, and OSHA regulations for general workplace safety, personal protective equipment, tools, and machines. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

MEC110 (3 credits)
AC/DC Electrical Systems for Manufacturing
Introduces the fundamentals of AC/DC electrical systems used for power and control in the manufacturing industry as well as commercial, agricultural and residential applications. Students learn industry-relevant skills included in subject areas such as basic electrical circuits, electrical measurement, circuit analysis, inductance and capacitance, combination circuits, and transformers. Topics covered in subject areas will include but not be limited to: safety, electrical components and wiring, electronic test instruments, tools and fasteners, electrical units and nomenclature, and parallel / series-parallel circuits. Dual listed as MFG210. Prerequisites: MTH60 or MTH63 or higher level math. Recommended prerequisite: EET104.

MEC114 (3 credits)
Safety for Industry
Covers general shop safety for manufacturing environments and the awareness of hazards. Safety topics covered include SDS sheets, personal protective equipment, lockout tagout procedures, and material handling, among others. Prerequisites: MTH20 and WR90 or WR91 or designated placement scores.

MEC115 (3 credits)
Electrical Control Systems and Sensors for Manufacturing
Introduces the functions of relay logic control circuits used in industrial, commercial and residential applications. Describes functions and application of functions covered in control logic including logic elements such as AND, OR, NOT, NOR, and NAND. Ladder diagrams are explained and learners connect, operate, and design a ladder diagram using one or more logic elements. Additional concepts include electro-pneumatic solenoid valves; sequencing control including relay operation, relay application, limit switch operation and application; and timers and advanced systems including time-delay relays, multiple cylinder control, and machine modes of operation. Course teaches the operation of non-contact sensors and their applications in industry, such as sensing movement, detecting metal versus non-metal, and determining speed. Covers sensors such as inductive, capacitive, magnetic reed, hall-effect and photoelectric. Dual numbered with MFG215. Prerequisites: MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement score, or higher level math. Recommended prerequisite: EET101.

MEC116 (3 credits)
Quality Practices and Measurement
Examines the employee’s role in producing a quality product including the benefits of quality and the costs of quality, and problem solving tools for continuous improvement. Prerequisites: MTH20, and WR90 or WR91 or designated placement scores, and MEC110.

MEC118 (3 credits)
Manufacturing Processes and Production
Investigates how to improve quality, eliminate waste, reduce lead-time and inventory, develop productive customer and supplier relationships, cycle time, Kanban, demand-pull, and order push techniques to reduce inventory in the supply chain. Prerequisites: MTH20, and WR90 or WR91 or designated placement scores, and MEC110, MEC116.

MEC120 (4 credits)
Maintenance Awareness
Covers basic mechanical skills needed by a technician, including the use and care of hand tools and small power tools, drilling, tapping, removal of broken bolts, studs, and helicoil insertion. Basic measuring tools and techniques are covered, as well as type and use of fasteners, lubricants and adhesives used in repair, and assembly. Prerequisites: MTH20, WR90 or WR91 or designated placement scores and MEC110, MEC116, MEC118.

MEC124 (3 credits)
Hoisting and Rigging I
Teaches how to safely move loads of different shapes and sizes using a variety of methods. Rigging skills are required in many industries including manufacturing, construction, and transportation.  Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), and MTH63 or designated placement scores, and MEC102.

MEC125 (3 credits)
Pneumatics I
Prepares learners to work intelligently in industry with pneumatic applications. Introduces pneumatic power and takes learners through key topics and skills in pneumatic power and safety, pneumatic circuits, pneumatic schematics, the principles of pneumatic pressure and flow, and pneumatic speed control circuits. Covers pressure regulation, air filtration, how to connect pneumatic circuits, pneumatic cylinders, valves, and actuators, a wide array of pneumatic applications, pressure and cylinder force, pneumatic leverage, pressure and volume, and air flow resistance. Prerequisites: CIS120 or documented proficiency, MTH63 or designated placement score, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores, and MEC102. Recommended prerequisite: MFG116.

MEC130 (3 credits)
Hydraulics I
Introduces hydraulic power use and application, allowing learners to develop skills and knowledge needed to apply hydraulics in modern industry. 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. Includes pumps, fluid friction, how to connect hydraulic circuits, hydraulic cylinders and valves (including needle valves), and a wide array of hydraulic applications. Prerequisites: CIS120 or documented proficiency, MEC102, MTH63 or higher level math, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90). Recommended prerequisite: MFG116.

MEC135 (4 credits)
Mechanical Drives I
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. Prerequisites: CIS120 or documented proficiency, MEC102, MTH63 or designated placement score, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90). Recommended prerequisite: MFG116.

MEC140 (2 credits)
Green Production
Covers the basic mechanical skills needed by a technician, including use and care of hand tools and small power tools, drilling, tapping, removal of broken bolts, studs, and helicoil insertion. Basic measuring tools and techniques are covered, as well as type and use of fasteners, lubricants and adhesives used in repair, and assembly. Prerequisites: MTH20 and WR90 or WR91 or designated placement scores, and MEC110, MEC116, MEC118, MEC120.

MEC149 (4 credits)
Electrical Motor Control
Introduces the fundamentals of electric relay control of AC electric motors found in industrial and commercial manufacturing applications. Students will gain an understanding of the operation, installation, design, and control of AC electric motor control circuits, transformers, ladder logic controls, and control relays for many common applications. Students will also develop skills in interpreting schematics, system design, motor start/stop circuits, and motor sequence control. In addition, students will be introduced to systems troubleshooting, reversing motor controls, automatic input devices and basic timer controls. Students will continue to develop skills in interpreting schematics, system design, motor start/stop circuits, and motor sequence control. Safety is emphasized throughout, highlighting motor safety, lockout/ tagout and safety interlocks. Prerequisites: MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement score or higher level math. Recommended prerequisite: MEC110 or MFG210.

MEC150 (3 credits)
PLC Motor Control
Covers programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in programming and control of AC electric motors found in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. Hands-on training using the Amatrol Motor Control System 85-MT5 allows learners to gain understanding of the operation, installation, design, and troubleshooting of AC electric motor control circuits and many common applications. Students develop skills in interpreting schematics, ladder logic diagrams, 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. Prerequisites: EET104 and MEC110.

MEC151 (3 credits)
Programming PLCs I
Programming PLC’s I is the first of a two course series in which students learn PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming, operation, and applications used in industry. Covers a wide variety of program commands, ranging from timers and contacts, stepper motor control, and PWM control that will quickly develop relevant and critical skills to be job ready in modern industry environments. Prerequisite: MEC150.

MEC154 (3 credits)
Computer Control
Begins by introducing programmable controller (PLC) topics including PLC orientation, operation, and programming languages, and then moves on to more advanced topics such as basic PLC programming, PLC motor control, and event sequencing. Specifically, learners will study topics including: the function of seven types of processor files; how input instructions can be controlled by output instructions; and the operation of a basic multiple actuator sequence program. Prerequisites: MEC110. Recommended prerequisite: MEC149.

MEC199 (variable credits)
Mechatronics Special Topics
Provides study for students in technical programs to areas linked to industry. State-of-the-art equipment is used for industry standard-level instruction. Prerequisites: MTH20, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score.

MEC210 (2 credits)
Variable Frequency AC Drives
Teaches variable frequency AC solid-state control of 3-phase electric motors. Learners develop knowledge in the operation, installation, performance analysis, troubleshooting, and design of AC solid state control using 2-wire, 3-wire, manual, and open-loop speed control. Highlights motor jogging and dynamic braking as well as programmable acceleration and deceleration. Prerequisite: MEC149.

MEC226 (2 credits)
Pneumatics II
Builds on the basic pneumatics skills to teach intermediate pneumatic components and system applications. Learners will gain industry-relevant skills related to these new topics including operation, installation, performance analysis, maintenance, and design. These topics include cam-operated valves, cylinder sequencing with cam valves, cylinder deceleration circuits, pilot-operated DCVs, shuttle valves, air logic components, air logic design, air filters, filter selection, filter maintenance, water removal techniques, air dryers, after-coolers, water traps, air lubricators, and component maintenance. Prerequisite: MEC125.

MEC227 (2 credits)
Pneumatics III
Along with advanced pneumatic principles students will also learn about pneumatic cylinder loads, cylinder applications, quick exhaust valves, motor loads, air bearings, component sizing, air compressor types, air compressor operation, flow measurement, compressor performance, and pneumatic component maintenance. Prerequisite: MEC226.

MEC228 (3 credits)
Pneumatic Troubleshooting
Covers major topics like troubleshooting air preparation, actuators, valves, vacuum systems, and pneumatic systems. Specifically, learners will study objectives such as pressure test points; symptoms and causes of regulator failure; inspection and troubleshooting a vacuum cup; and troubleshooting zero pressure. Prerequisite: MEC226.

MEC231 (4 credits)
Hydraulics II
Builds on basic hydraulic skills teaching hydraulic components and system applications. Students will learn industry-relevant skills related to new topics including operation, installation, performance analysis and design. These topics include accumulator sizing, system design, circuit applications, component operation/installation, pilot-operated directional control valves (DCVs), two-stage directional control valves, cam-operated directional control valves (DCVs), DCV spool center types and applications, cylinder types and mountings, pressure-compensated flow control valves, pilot-operated check valves, direct-operated relief valves, non-compensated flow control valves, rapid traverse slow feed circuits, cylinder sequencing, remote pressure control, pump unloading circuits, and p-port check valves. Prerequisite: MEC130.

MEC232 (2 credits)
Hydraulics III
Adds to the basic and intermediate hydraulic skills teaching advanced applications. Students will learn industry-relevant skills related to these new topics including operation, installation, performance analysis, maintenance, and design. These topics include heat exchangers, reservoirs, fluid conductors, fluid conditioning, filtration, motor performance, pump performance, system design, and maintenance. Prerequisite: MEC231.

MEC233 (4 credits)
Hydraulic Troubleshooting
Teaches hydraulic troubleshooting by providing a hands-on learning station that models a real world hydraulically-powered machine and includes over 40 faults that can be inserted into the system. Prerequisite: MEC231.

MEC236 (4 credits)
Mechanical Drives II
Covers heavy duty V-belt drives including conventional, multiple, wedge, and variable speed V-belt drives. This course describes V-belt selection and maintenance by covering V-belt size specification, component identification, and troubleshooting. Learners will develop fundamental knowledge of synchronous belt drives, lubrication concepts, precision shaft alignment, and coupling. Also covered is heavy duty chain drives which describes silent chain drives, multiple strand systems, chain selection, chain lubrication, chain maintenance and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: MEC135.

MEC238 (4 credits)
Mechanical Drives III
Includes the lubrication, selection, maintenance and troubleshooting of plain ball bearings. Introduces antifriction bearings by describing the two types and teaching the fundamental skills of how to identify, mechanically install, thermally install and troubleshoot those bearings. Also covered is gasket and seals such as O-ring seal, lip seal and mechanical seal, and advanced gear drives such as helical gear drives, right angle gear drives, speed reducers, and gear drive selection and maintenance. Prerequisite: MEC236.

MEC240 (3 credits)
Robotics I
Provides an overview of robotic and automated systems technology. Students will be introduced to basic manufacturing techniques, robot terminology, differing types of automation, safety, basic robotic programming, interfacing robotic communications, automated work cells, and robotic applications. Robot operations and programming fundamentals will be applied by the students. Safety is emphasized throughout, highlighting operator and robot safety, lockout/tagout and safety interlocks. Prerequisites: CIS120, and MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement score higher level math and WR90 or WR91 or designated placement score.

MEC251 (3 credits)
Programming PLCs II
Programming PLC's II is the second of a two-course series in which students learn PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming, operation, and applications used in industry. This course continues with programming commands, ranging from timers and contacts, stepper motor control, and PWM control that will quickly develop relevant and critical skills to be job ready in modern industry environments. Students will also be introduced to application circuits and components for thermostatic temperature control, analog temperature control, reversing constant-speed motor control, variable speed motor control with feedback, and stepper motor homing and commissioning. These circuits include basic and advanced applications starting with discrete I/O projects and extending to projects involving analog I/O. These projects enhance a student's experience because they can actually see how a program controls real systems. Prerequisite: MEC150.

MEC254 (3 credits)
PLC Troubleshooting
Covers PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming, operation, and applications used in industry, as well as PLC troubleshooting skills, such as PLC input and output testing, software testing, and application troubleshooting. This course covers a wide variety of program commands, ranging from timers and contacts, stepper motor control, and PWM control that will quickly develop relevant and critical skills to be job ready in modern industry environments. Prerequisite: MEC251.

MEC260A (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Automation Operations
Covers basics such as automation operations and basic components and build, to more advanced topics like pick and place feeding, gauging, and indexing. In addition, learners will look at sequencing controls systems, discrete logic, operator safety and automated machine operations. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260B (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Basic Component Adjustments
Covers basics such as automation operations and basic components and build to more advanced topics like pick and place feeding, gauging, and indexing. Also: manually overriding an electro-pneumatic valve and a magnetic motor starter. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260C (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Pick and Place Feeding
Teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for pneumatic robots, material feeding systems, powered parts feeders, vacuum grippers, hall-effect sensors, and magnetic sensors. This station starts the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260D (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Gauging
Teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for go/ no-go gauging, analog sensor adjustment, non-servo electric traverse axis, synchronous belt drive, ball screw drives and part rejection/transfer. The learner performs a number of quality inspections in the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260E (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Indexing
Many high-speed machine processes use a rotary indexing machine to rotate the work pieces to various positions, where a different operation can be performed on each work piece and multiple work pieces can be processed at the same time. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260F (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Sorting and Queuing
The Sorting-Queuing training station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for sorting, queuing, flat belt conveyors, photoelectric sensors, and inductive sensors. This station performs the role of sorting parts by material type in the process of assembling a working industrial control valve. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260G (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Servo Robotic Assembly
The Servo Robotic Assembly station trains students for pick and place assembly, and teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for servo robotics, gravity feeders, pneumatic screw feeders, and part insertion. This station performs the role of assembling a working industrial directional control valve using a combination of servo robotic and pick and place technologies. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260H (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Torqueing
Mechatronics-Torqueing teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for an automated torque assembly system, electric traverse slide, DC motor torque, variable speed motors and clutches. Covers assuring that the assembly components are properly tightened in the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260I (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Parts Storage
This Mechatronics Learning System allows learners to gain valuable skills used in inventory storage processes by studying operation, adjustment, and programming of an inventory storage system. This learning system will allow learners to practice and study operating a programmable parts storage station, adjusting a phototransistor optical interrupter switch, and designing a PLC program that provides manual/auto/ reset functions for a programmable parts storage station. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260J (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Electro-Hydraulic Testing
Mechatronics Electro-Hydraulic Training allows learners to gain valuable product testing skills used in automated processes by studying topics like station operation and adjustment, module sequencing, and station sequencing. This learning system will allow learners to practice and study how products are tested on an automated line, how these skills are integrated within a larger automated process, and an example of how hydraulics are utilized on an automated line. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.

MEC260K (2 to 6 credits)
Mechatronics: Multiple Station Control
This course will cover automation operations and basic components, and build to more advanced topics like pick and place feeding, gauging, and indexing. Also: Discrete I/O Handshake, system startup/halt and system stop/reset. Prerequisites: MEC228, MEC233, MEC238, MEC240, and MEC254.