Mechatronics - Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

Changes have been made to elective requirements. See addendum for details.

Mechatronics focuses on the convergence of mechanical, electrical and computer controls in complex systems and automation. It is a multidisciplinary approach combining mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, process control engineering, and software engineering into an integrated skill set for construction, repair, and optimization of complex industrial equipment. This makes it applicable to a wide range of growing industries including automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and transportation systems, process control, logistics and supply chain management, and agriculture. Modern life is filled with mechatronic systems: they clean the water you drink, manage the car you drive and are involved in the creation of nearly everything you see around you. Every industry employs some level of mechatronics.

Clover Park Technical College’s AAS-T Mechatronics degree provides the skills needed to succeed in this exciting field. The program begins with courses that establish a solid base of technical skills and an understanding of the various disciplines that make up mechatronics as well as lean manufacturing and quality standards. Courses are taught with an eye toward linking disciplines together for larger mechatronic systems. Subsequent courses then build expertise in the foundational skills while increasingly integrating all skills into the design, construction, optimization, maintenance, and repair of full mechatronics systems. Students who complete the Mechatronics AAS-T Degree will also have the option to further their education by enrolling in our BAS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Automation (BAS- META), which is the first Bachelor’s degree in mechatronics to be offered anywhere in the Pacific NW.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Mechatronics degree, students will be able to:

  • Employ safe practices while using fluid power, electrical, mechanical and control equipment.
  • Analyze the transmission of power between electrical, mechanical and fluid power.
  • Use digital and analogue controls on mechanical, electrical, fluid power, and hybrid systems.
  • Construct complex machinery involving multiple forms of power and control.
  • Troubleshoot mechatronic systems, including the complex interplay between different power and control variables.
  • Validate new and emerging power, control, and communication technologies.
  • Prioritize efficiency and environmental sustainability in mechatronic systems and processes.
  • Prioritize social benefit from the perspective of mechatronic systems.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

To enter the program, a student must be eligible to take college-level English and college-level psychology, or another social science or humanities course.

This program assumes that students will be able to enroll in, or will have passed, MATH& 141 by the start of the third quarter of the program. Any developmental coursework that a student may be required to take to achieve this may increase the program length and is not reflected in credit counts as shown below. Math sequences to meet this requirement must be planned with your advisor prior to program enrollment.

Students must be at least 17½ years of age at the start of the program.

Program Course List

Quarter 1 - Preparation

FSME 101Workshop Safety

3

FSME 110Quality Principles, Inspection and Test

4

FSME 114Fabrication Fundamentals I

4

FSME 116Fabrication Fundamentals II

4

Program Core

MEC 115DC Circuits

5

MEC 116AC Circuits

5

MEC 120Computer Aided Design I

5

MEC 125Hydraulics and Pneumatics

5

MEC 128Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials

5

MEC 130Electric Motors and Drives

5

MEC 132Lean Manufacturing

5

MEC 135Digital Electronics and Networks

5

MEC 140CLComputer Programming and Logic

5

MEC 150Mechanical Systems

5

MEC 160CLProgrammable Controls I

5

MEC 163Industrial Survey

5

MEC 173Applied Mechatronics

5

MEC 201Systems Approach

5

MEC 289Internship/Work Experience

5

Or

MEC 290CAPMechatronics Capstone Project

5

Mechatronics Technical Electives

5

AAS-T General Education Requirements

23

Total Credit Hours:118

Mechatronics Technical Electives: See list below

AAS-T General Education Requirements: see list below

Technical Electives:

Students must take 10 or more credits from the following courses. Other related courses may be approved by faculty.

MEC 121Computer Aided Design II

5

MEC 165Robotics

5

MEC 170Sensors and Actuators

5

MEC 200Programmable Controls II

5

MEC 210Metrology and Calibration

5

MEC 220Maintenance Management

5

MEC 281Independent Study I

2-5

MEC 282Independent Study II

2-5

MEC 289CAP

5

General Degree Requirements

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101 ( or higher)
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MATH& 141 (or higher)
  • 5 credits in a social science or humanities course: PSYC& 100DIV, or other transferable social science or humanities course that meets the CPTC diversity requirement.
  • 5 credits in a transferable Social Science, Humanities, or Science course
  • 3 credits in COLL 102 *must be taken in first 2 quarters

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits)

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

5 credits in communication

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science

Choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project.

Program Length

The program is approximately seven quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.