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Mechatronics Program at AACC

AACC Student working on a Industrial Robot

What will I learn?

In order to complete the 30 credit certificate you are required to complete 8 classes. All of the MEC (mechatronics) classes are completely new and will be starting spring 2013.

Required Courses

EET130 Intro to Electronic Circuits: Presents basic techniques for analyzing direct and alternating current circuits. Learn to read simple schematic diagrams, solve problems involving resistance, capacitance, inductance, voltage, current and power. Includes applications of various circuits and troubleshooting.
Click here to watch an example of Motor Control.

MEC110 Mechanical Systems and Electric Motors: This course is a study of the basic mechanical components and electrical drives in a mechatronics system. Topics covered will include basic functions and physical properties of mechanical components and electrical AC and DC drives; materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties; troubleshooting techniques and strategies to identify, localize and correct malfunctions.
Example of the Mechanical Systems Final Project.

MEC120 Pneumatics & Hydraulics: Learn the basics of pneumatic, electro pneumatic and hydraulic control circuits in a complex mechatronic system. Master the functions and properties of control elements based upon physical principles, and the roles they play within the system. Use and interpret technical documentation such as data sheets, circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams and function charts.
Example of the Pneumatic & Hydraulics Final Project.

MEC130 Programmable Logic Controllers: Study basic digital logic and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in a mechatronics system using the automation system. Includes basic PLC functions and testing; identification of malfunctioning PLCs; and troubleshooting techniques and strategies to identify and localize PLC hardware generated problems. Writing small programs and problem-solving using computer simulations is emphasized.
Example of the PLC's Final Project.

MEC140 Introduction to Robotics: Learn the basic principles of Robotics such as mechanical construction, electronics, sensors, motors and robot programming. This course uses a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts of robotics, focusing on the construction and programming of autonomous mobile robots and Industrial Robots. Students will work in groups to build and test increasingly more complex robots, culminating in an end-of-semester robot project.
Example of the Autonomous Robotics Final Project.

MEC150 Mechatronics Systems Capstone: Gain valuable real world experience in the control, maintenance, and simulation of automated processes, which utilize advanced manufacturing techniques. The physical system substations will include but are not limited to processes such as pick and place feeding, automatic gauging, part indexing, part sorting and queuing, robotic pick and place assembly. The software simulation of each substation will also be presented. The final course project will consist of the complete software and hardware integration of all subsystems into a fully functional mechatronics system. Time will also be spent preparing the student for an industry recognized mechatronics certification.
Example of the project in the Capstone course.

ENT260 Solid-Modeling with Solidworks: Learn to use SolidWorks, the next generation of 3-D CAD software. SolidWorks is a fully editable solid-modeling CAD software used to produce 3-D drawings of solid models. The course will start by first discussing 2-dimensional entities, then gradually creating 3-dimensional solid models and then finally integrating those models into an assembly.
Example of the a project within the Solidworks course.

STM 101-103 Core Skills for STEM: Three 15-hour courses co-developed with Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and CAST designed to quickly refresh “rusty” skills for students in the areas of Math, Critical Thinking and Workplace Communication, and Professional Skills. The three courses have been built with industry partners to develop real-life workplace scenarios.