Mechatronics Co-Op Certificate B – Control

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Mechatronics is the combination of various engineering disciplines (specifically involving mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, and programmable logic control) taught to create a more well-grounded technician in a complex system, with responsibility for efficient operation of equipment with minimal downtime. The program will prepare students to install, repair, diagnose, and perform routine maintenance in a variety of industries.

Certificate B is a special type of program, called a “Co-Operative Certificate,” in which employees can gain defined skills that help meet their professional talent needs. Employers may offer workers in a co-op certificate program release time (2 days per week) to attend class and engage in studies. Frequently, employers also help fund tuition and other expenses of participating workers. Degree program prerequisites for the Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing & Engineering courses are waived for certificate students. As such, prospective co-op certificate students must demonstrate current employment in a relevant field in industry before admission to the program.

Certificate B focuses on the control and optimization of mechatronic systems. Courses will provide the employee/student with the necessary instruction and guidance to acquire broad skills in areas such as PLC programming, networking, lean manufacturing, and computer aided design. Students will then benefit from immediately applying those skills on the job with their employer.​​​

Program Length

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

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Program Outcomes

• Use digital and analogue controls on mechanical, electrical, fluid power, and hybrid systems.

• Troubleshoot mechatronic systems, including the complex interplay between different power and control variables.

• Apply common industrial control components to manage variables in complex mechatronics systems.

• Recognize common industrial control elements such as ladder diagrams, logic gates, and networking protocols.

Completion Requirements



Program Course List

Quarter 1

MEC 135Digital Electronics and Networks


MEC 160CLProgrammable Controls I


Quarter 2

MEC 132Lean Manufacturing


Technical Elective


Technical Elective: Choose 5 credits from list below

Quarter 3

MEC 120Computer Aided Design I


MEC 128Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials


Total Credit Hours:30

Technical Electives

Students must take 5 or more credits from the following courses. Other related courses may be approved by faculty.

MEC 121Computer Aided Design II


MEC 165Robotics


MEC 170Sensors and Actuators


MEC 200Programmable Controls II


MEC 201Systems Approach


MEC 202Total Mechatronics


MEC 210Metrology and Calibration


MEC 220Maintenance Management


MEC 281Independent Study I


MEC 282Independent Study II