Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Mechatronics Technology (degree)

Program effective Fall 2014

Also see Mechatronics Technology Certificate

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Associate of Science (722)

The Mechatronics Technology program provides skills and knowledge in three major areas: mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering and control systems. This technology training is relevant to several industries including the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry, energy, manufacturing and supply chain and logistics. Students who pursue this degree will benefit from a technical core set of courses that combine industry-recognized certification and quality college education. Students may specialize in (A) Robotics and Automation, (B) Instrumentation and Process Controls or (C) Supply Chain Technology. Specialization will be directed in the restricted electives that students choose.

Typical job titles will vary depending upon specialization; these include: production, planning and expediting clerks, maintenance and repair workers, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers, instrumentation technicians, robotics technicians, automation engineer technicians, electro-mechanical technicians, process technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, field automation technicians and supply chain technicians.

This associate degree program may provide students with opportunities to pursue supervisory positions in the above fields.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Install and operate instrumentation and process control devices across the spectrum of industries.
  2. Use quality and safety standards necessary for the operating, maintaining and repairing of automated equipment.
  3. Program, configure, troubleshoot and repair automated, industrial equipment for machining, assembly, chemical processing and logistic distribution.
  4. Develop an application-oriented project on an integrated mechatronics system meeting business objectives and financial constraints.
  5. Communicate effectively and appropriately with team members and clients within societal and global contexts.

Students who complete MEC-100 and MEC-102 will sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) industry credential. This is a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) endorsed credential. The cost of the certification is included in the fees for the courses.

There are additional, optional certifications students may wish to pursue to enhance their employability. Students who successfully complete EET-103, EET-179 and EET-245 will be prepared to sit for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) industry credential: PMMI Mechatronics Industrial Electricity 1. Students who successfully complete MET-181 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: Mechanical Components 1 industry credential. Students who successfully complete RBT-235 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: PLC 1 industry credential. Students who successfully complete MET-170 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: Fluid Power 1 industry credential. There are additional fees for these optional industry credentials.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

First Semester

Credits 

EET-103

Introduction to Electronics

 3

MAT-108
MAT-191

Intermediate Algebra1 or
Mathematics for the Industries  

4
3

MEC-100

Mecatronics Safety & Quality

3

MEC-102

Mechatronics Industrial Processes

3

MET-181 

Mechanical Systems

3

 

Total Credits

15-16

Second Semester

 

EET-179

Electrical Power Distribution

3

EET-245

Electrical Motor Control

3

MIT-103

Fundamentals of Microprocessors 

3

PSY-101
PSY-116 

Introduction to Psychology1 or
Organizational Psychology

3
3

RBT-235

Programmable Logic Controllers

4

 

Total Credits

16

Third Semester 

  

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MET-170

Fluid Power Systems

4

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

 

Restricted Electives 2

6-8

 

Total Credits

16-18

Fourth Semester 

 

ENG-102
ENG-103

English Composition 21 or
Technical Communications

3
3

MEC-220

Mechatronics Practicum

3

PHY-141
PHS-161

Physics 11 or
Physical Science for the Industries          

4
3

                       

Restricted Electives 2

3-4

 

 Total Credits

12-14

Minimum Credits to Graduate

60-64

  

1Students planning on transferring to a four-year institution should
take the following courses:

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

PHY-141

Physics 1

 4

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology  

 3

   

2There are three tracks of specialization that students may
pursue through the choice of restricted electives:

A. Robotics & Automation,
B. Instrumentation & Process Controls and
C. Supply Chain Technology.
 

A.Robotics & Automation
The use of automated equipment is common in advanced manufacturing today,
particularly for such industrial processes as assembly, machining, inspection and
packaging. To prepare for a career in this field, technicians will build upon their
Mechatronics foundation with specialized skills in robotics and automation
equipment such as flexible manufacturing and motion control devices.

Recommended Robotics & Automation Restricted Electives:

MET-106             

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

1

RBT-225

Robotics & Controls

4

RBT-230

Automated Equipment

3

RBT-238

Advanced Programmable Logic Controls (PLC)    

3

SET-105

Technical Computing

     3

B.  Instrumentation & Process Controls

Automated instrumentation is used in the processing of natural gas and other
renewable energies, chemicals and power generation to measure such variables
as pressure, flow, level, temperature and other chemical and electrical properties.
To prepare for careers in these fields, technicians will build upon their
Mechatronics foundation with specialized skills in electronics and process
control devices.

Recommended Instrumentation & Process Controls Restricted Electives:

CHM-109           

Introduction to Chemistry

      4

EDD-100

Blueprint Reading

3

MEC-204

AC/DC Electronic Drives

3

MEC-205

Troubleshooting Advanced Motor Controls

3

MEC-211

Process Control

3

MET-130

Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems          

4

MET-220

Green and Sustainable Buildings

4

   

C. Supply Chain Technology
Automated warehousing is becoming a staple of supply chain management
to increase the efficiency of product inventory, handling and distribution.
To prepare for a career in this field, technicians will build upon their Mechatronics
foundation with specialized skills in welding, schematics and automated equipment
such as conveyor systems and motion control devices.

Recommended Supply Chain Technology Restricted Electives:

BUS-103              

Principles of Management  

3

BUS-200

Principles of Supervision

3

EDD-100

Blueprint Reading

3

RBT-225

Robotics & Controls

4

RBT-230

Automated Equipment

3

SET-105

Technical Computing

3

WLD-221

Brazing and Welding

 3

After completion of the degree, students may choose to pursue additional advanced level courses in mechanical systems, PLCs, Fluid Power and Renewable Energy systems through CCAC’s workforce development division. For further information, please contact 412-788-7357.


For companies and organizations seeking enhanced skill training for current employees, contact Brian Hannon, 412-788-7357.

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For companies and organizations seeking enhanced skill training for current employees, contact Brian Hannon, 412-788-7357.

bhannon@ccac.edu

Information about the CPD: Mechatronics program at West Hills Center