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Mechatronics Certificate

1 Year Credit Program

The Mechatronics Certificate is a new program offered at the Devens Campus of Mount Wachusett Community College. The one year certificate program will prepare you for positions in local manufacturing companies that utilize automated, computer controlled production systems.

This program is designed to provide skills necessary to become a Machine Operator or Manufacturing Technician employed by companies utilizing advanced automation tools. Mechatronics is an emerging field that integrates electrical and mechanical systems and incorporates computer control and information technology. The name arises from the combination of mechanics and electronics and is a product of the importance of automation and robotics in modern manufacturing processes. In this program you will earn principles, design, and control of mechanical and electrical systems.

Year 1 Courses

Fall Courses


PLT 105

This course will introduce students, to the primary communication method used in manufacturing, the engineering blueprint, and freehand sketch. The course includes principles of orthographic projection, symbols, and dimensioning. The purpose and interpretation of the title block, revision block, notes, and bill of material will also be covered. Freehand sketching techniques will be introduced as well. Students may not receive credit for both PLT 225 and MET 105. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

The course is an introduction to electricity in the manufacturing environment, with an emphasis on safety, troubleshooting and repairing automated mechanical systems. The general topics will include circuits, controls, motors, sensors, schematic diagrams, circuit diagrams, circuit analysis, test equipment and PLCs. Hands-on activities working with electrical training equipment, testing devices, a mechatronics system and circuit construction will be part of the classroom experience. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

The course is an introduction to the principles and applications of hydraulic and pneumatic power in manufacturing processes. Emphasis will be on safety, basic system components, operation, controls, reading circuit diagrams, and troubleshooting techniques. Students will participate in hands-on activities with pneumatic training devices and a mechatronics system. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 105, BUS 125, ENG 101, PLT 220, PLT 223

Spring Courses

This course covers the concepts of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) including electrical troubleshooting. Additional familiarization with basic electricity symbols, blueprint reading, meters used for troubleshooting, conventional and solid ladder diagrams, schematics, and troubleshooting is stressed. Utilization of a mechatronics training system may be used. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and MAT 092 (or placement).

Introduction to Mechanical Processes (or systems) includes: mechanical fasteners, motors, power transmission systems, sensors, and applications of sensors, fixtures, and/or piping and piping installation. Students will have hands-on laboratory experience and will be responsible for a class presentation. Utilization of a mechatronics training system may be used. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

TThe course introduces the student to safety working with robots, as well as robot programming, operation, troubleshooting and interfacing with automation equipment. The topics include OSHA guidelines for robotic safety, controllers, program creation, branching, modes of operation, jogging, frames, teach pendants, registers, I/Os, macros, fault recovery, backup & restoration of programs and tooling. Hands-on labs will include creating & testing programs, recording and editing positions, jogging the robot, running in auto mode, backing up programs and files, and part manipulation in a mechatronics system. Prerequisite: PLT 101, 104.

AQS 115, CAD 101, MAT 162, MGT 132, MGT 210

Total Credits 25


Professional Electives

BUS 105

This course is designed for the student with an interest in organizational and business ethics. The focus is on how we act as individuals and how we contribute to group accountability. The class will provide each student with a framework for thinking in an ethical manner. In addition, the class will explore every-day ethical thinking. Most topics will be explored using the case study method. Although designed for the business student, this class is open to all students with an interest in exploring everyday ethical behavior on an individual and group level. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

Students are introduced to concepts relating to communicating in a diverse workplace. Emphasis is placed on nonverbal communication, the writing process, and email. Students learn how to write memos and letters and communicate with customers, research and use information, develop and use graphic and visual aids. Students prepare reports and presentations; develop skills to communicate through the application and interview process. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

ENG 101

Students will develop college-level writing skills with an emphasis on the writing process, models of rhetorical modes, and an understanding of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Reading selections will foster improved writing skills and critical and analytical thinking. By semester's end, students will have produced several essays totaling at least 12-15 pages of original, polished prose, as well as additional writing in varied forms, such as journals, free-writes, peer review, reading responses, and rough drafts. Students will also write at least one paper that incorporates outside source material accompanied by library instruction. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, (or placement).

This course presents students with an understanding of elementary statistics by familiarizing them with basic concepts of measures of central tendency and variability, regression and correlation, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Students will learn the use of statistical methods and SPC to improve quality and productivity through measurements, control, and reduction of process variation. Topics covered include:basic statistics, the normal distribution; control charting; process capability studies; gauge and measurement analysis. Simple metrology concepts and the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerance are also covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or corequisite), MAT 162 (or corequisite).

PLT 223

This course examines the interrelation of materials processing, product design, and function. Fundamentals of the 3D prototype in manufacturing within the industries of plastics, machining, fabrication, and/or casting will be explored. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or corequisite), MAT 096 (or corequisite).

This course provides an introduction to various industry (both manufacturing and service), international and U.S. regulatory quality system standards. This course will also provide instruction on the audit process and principles. Prerequisites: ENG 098, MAT 096 (or placement). ENG 101 is recommended. Fall.

This course is an introduction to computer assisted design (CAD) and learning to navigate both 2D and 3D design environments, using the application tools and features. The 2D basics will include menus, tabs, toolbars, drop-down lists, the command line, drawing space, layers, line types, and hatching; as well as creating, saving and opening files. Students will draw multiple views, isometrics, sections and auxiliary views of objects, including dimensions. The 3D basics will include menus, toolbars, drop-down menus, features, command manager, feature manager and drawing space. Students will create parts by drawing sketches and adding features. The parts will be combined to form an assembly and 2D drawings will be generated from the parts. Students will also learn to edit sketches and features, as well as add relations to their designs. The 2D CAD application introduced will be AutoCAD or DraftSight (an AutoCAD clone). The 3D CAD application introduced will be Solid Works, Inventor, Creo Parametric or NX. Since all of the 3D CAD applications function in similar ways, the knowledge of one can be extended the others. Similarly, the knowledge of a 2D CAD application can be extended to another. This course is a fundamentals approach and requires no experience with other CAD programs. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

This course provides an introduction to functions, graphing techniques, and modeling. Topics included: visualizing and graphing data, functions and their representations, type of functions and their rates of change, linear functions and equations, Quadratic functions and equations, polynomial, rational and radical functions and equations, and introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MAT 096 or placement.

This course covers the problems confronting the production manager. Topics include product design, work simplification and measurement, inventory, production, quality, and cost control. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement. Evening only.

This course is a survey of traditional and contemporary principles of management and of the application of behavioral science and quantitative concepts to the solution of actual business organization problems. It is an introductory course dealing with the structure of business, its environment, and its relationship to society, and the individual members of the class. It examines the operation of business, how a firm's structure and management are determined, the methods by which companies produce products and services, the way they manage human and physical resources, market their goods and services, finance operations, and the techniques they use to control operations and meet their responsibilities. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement.

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