Mechatronics Engineering Technology

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as technicians in engineering fields requiring electrical, mechanical and computer skills. Mechatronics Engineering technicians assist in designing, developing, testing, process design and improvement, troubleshooting and repair of complex engineering and manufacturing systems. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and hands-on application of engineering principles.

In addition to coursework in engineering fundamentals, basic manufacturing, electricity, computers, mathematics and physics, students develop their critical thinking, planning, problem solving, oral and written communications.

Graduates of the curriculum will find employment opportunities in industrial maintenance and manufacturing including assembly, testing, start-up, troubleshooting, repair and upgrades of machinery and the associated control system. Graduates will be eligible to take the exam for the Siemens Mechatronics Level 1, Siemens Mechatronics Level 2, PMMI Mechatronics Certifications and others as added.

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Mechatronics Engineering Technology (A40350)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree-Mechatronics Engineering Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program. 

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High schools students preparing for an engineering technology program should complete courses in algebra, geometry and advanced mathematics. Skills and proficiencies should be developed in writing, computer literacy and science.
  • Placement tests in English and mathematics determine the entry-level courses that match individual needs. Developmental Studies English and mathematics courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Notes

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College provides a basic background in mechanical, electrical and computer skills and – depending on the track – specialized instruction in each of these areas. Topics include CAD, basic computer skills, safety, automation, programmable logic controllers, instrumentation, hydraulics and pneumatics, mechanical drives, motors and controls, and basic electricity. The latest equipment is used to provide skills in these areas.

Two curriculum tracks are available: the Mechanical track and the Electrical track. The Mechanical Track is structured to enable the graduate to focus on the mechanical aspects of a manufacturing or designed system while still having a good understanding of its electrical function. The Electrical Track provides the opposite – a focus on the electrical and control aspects with a good understanding of the mechanical components.

Completion of the program requires that students use college-level algebra, trigonometry and physics in the application of scientific principles to technical problems.

Contact Information

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology Program is in the Engineering Technologies Division. For additional information, visit www.cpcc.edu/et or call 704.330.6557.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3.0
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Take 1 course from the following:3.0
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Precalculus Algebra
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Major Requirements
MAT 122Algebra/Trigonometry II3.0
or MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry
PHY 131Physics-Mechanics4.0
or PHY 151 College Physics I
ISC 112Industrial Safety2.0
EGR 125Appl Software for Tech2.0
MEC 130Mechanisms3.0
MEC 265Fluid Mechanics3.0
ELC 130Advanced Motors and Controls3.0
ELC 131Circuit Analysis I4.0
ATR 112Introduction to Automation3.0
ELC 213Instrumentation4.0
ELN 260Prog Logic Controllers4.0
PCI 173Programmable Systems4.0
or PCI 170 DAQ and Control
DFT 154Intro to Solid Modeling3.0
or EGR 120 Engineering and Design Graphics
ISC 212Metrology2.0
MEC 110Introduction to CAD/CAM2.0
MEC 161Manufacturing Processes I3.0
MEC 180Engineering Materials3.0
MEC 210Applied Mechanics3.0
MEC 260Fundamentals of Machine Design3.0
Total Credits76

No diplomas offered.

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificates (C40350)

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate Specialization in Mechatronics Engineering Pathway (C40350-C2)

This certificate is available to students enrolled in Career & College Promise.

Major Requirements
EGR 125Appl Software for Tech2.0
ISC 112Industrial Safety2.0
MEC 130Mechanisms3.0
ELC 131Circuit Analysis I4.0
ELC 135Electrical Machines3.0
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
Total Credits17

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate Specialization in Mechatronics Electrical Track (C40350-C5)

Major Requirements
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
EGR 125Appl Software for Tech2.0
ISC 112Industrial Safety2.0
MEC 130Mechanisms3.0
ELC 131Circuit Analysis I4.0
ELC 130Advanced Motors and Controls3.0
Total Credits17

Courses

MEC 110. Introduction to CAD/CAM. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces CAD/CAM. Emphasis is placed on transferring part geometry from CAD to CAM for the development of a CNC-ready program. Upon completion, students should be able to use CAD/CAM software to produce a CNC program.

MEC 111. Machine Processes I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces shop safety, hand tools, machine processes, measuring instruments, and the operation of machine shop equipment. Topics include use and care of tools, safety, measuring tools, and the basic setup and operation of common machine tools. Upon completion, students should be able to manufacture simple parts to specified tolerance.

MEC 130. Mechanisms. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the purpose and action of various mechanical devices. Topics include cams, cables, gear trains, differentials, screws, belts, pulleys, shafts, levers, lubricants, and other devices. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, maintain, and troubleshoot the components of mechanical systems.

MEC 155. Environmentally Benign Manufacturing. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces environmental issues involving the generation and management of hazardous materials and wastes in manufacturing operations. Topics include the analysis of manufacturing trends, pollution minimization strategies, and the advantages of incorporating a sustainable approach to manufacturing. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss analysis and modification of industrial processes in manufacturing facilities toward a sustainable end.

MEC 161. Manufacturing Processes I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the fundamental principles of value-added processing of materials into usable forms for the customer. Topics include material properties and traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes. Upon completion, students should be able to specify appropriate manufacturing processing for common engineering materials.

MEC 172. Introduction to Metallurgy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the production, properties, testing, classification, microstructure, and heat-treating effects of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Topics include the iron-carbon phase diagram, ITT diagram, ANSI code, quenching, senescing, and other processes concerning metallurgical transformations. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the iron-carbon phase diagram, ITT diagram, microstructure images, and other phenomena concerning the behavior of metals.

MEC 180. Engineering Materials. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the physical and mechanical properties of materials. Topics include materials testing, pre- and post-manufactufing processes, and material selection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, composities, and non-conventional materials. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize basic material property tests and select appropriate materials for applications.

Prerequisites: Take ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114

MEC 210. Applied Mechanics. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is a study of forces, stresses, and strains acting upon mechanical components. Topics include static equilibrium; normal, shear, and bending stresses; mathematical and graphical solution techniques; and the relationship between stress and strain. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in analyzing the forces, stresses, and strains common to applications in the workplace.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251
Take MAT 122 or MAT 172

MEC 260. Fundamentals of Machine Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental principles of machine design. Topics include simple analysis of forces, moments, stresses, strains, friction, kinematics, and other considerations for designing machine elements. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze machine components and make component selections from manufacturers' catalogs.

Prerequisites: Take MEC 180
Take MEC 210
Take DFT 154 or DFT 170

MEC 265. Fluid Mechanics. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the physical behavior of fluids and fluid systems. Topics include fluid statics and dynamics, laminar and turbulent flow, Bernoulli's Equation, components, applications, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply fluid power principles to practical applications.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251

MEC 267. Thermal Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental laws of thermodynamics. Topics include work and energy, open and closed systems, and heat engines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the laws and principles that apply to thermal power.

Prerequisites: Take One: PHY 131 or PHY 151

MEC 270. Machine Design. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basic principles underlying design and selection of machine elements. Topics include stress analysis, selection of components, power transmission, and other design considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and solve mechanical design problems by applying basic engineering principles.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:

MEC 275. Engineering Mechanisms. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers plane motion and devices used to generate plane motion. Topics include analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, gears, cams, and other mechanical systems. Upon completion, students should be able to graphically and mathematically analyze a plane motion system.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251
Take MAT 122 or MAT 172

MEC 292. Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering Techology. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

MEC 293. Selected Topics in Mechanical Engr. Tech Engineering Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, the student shold be able to demonstrate an understanding on the specific area of study.