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Mechatronics

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Mechatronics Technology is a growing technical field that deals with the integration of mechanical and electronic components managed by a control system. 

Our program emphasizes current concepts and technology by providing practical, hands-on experience with the latest industry standard equipment. Course work includes process control systems, instrumentation/automation systems, conveyor Systems, palletizer systems, and robotics systems. 

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Learn to Use The Tools of Automation

Mechatronics technicians require comprehensive reading and mathematical skills, as well as the ability to think analytically about interrelated systems. Aspiring technicians are self-starters, willing to learn on the job, and able to work both independently and in teams. 

With the support of small class sizes and one-on-one instruction, student's learn skills to troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechanical equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems. These systems are increasingly becoming an industry standard and are used in a wide variety of manufacturing and related technical applications.


Rural Access Mechatronics Program (RAMP)  

The Rural Access Mechatronics Program (RAMP) is a new hybrid, online-to-lab certificate program for rural students. Coursework includes electronics and mechatronics fundamentals where students can earn a certificate of completion in only six months.  Learn more 

Upcoming Information Sessions

Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the program and meet with faculty members.

  • Saturday, August 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Columbia Tech Center - 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA
  • Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Columbia Tech Center - 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Mechatronic Technicians can be found in a variety of fields: aerospace, transportation, plastics production, and computer manufacturing. The U.S Department of Labor and Statistics forecasts above-average job growth for the Mechatronics Technology field. Employment statistics show jobs with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $25.65 per hour. 

Degree Options

Mechatronics
Mechatronics Technology is a growing career field that deals with the integration of mechanical and electronic components managed by control systems. Mechatronics technicians troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechanical equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems. These types of systems are increasingly used in a wide variety of manufacturing and industrial settings. Clark College's Mechatronics Technology (MTX) classes emphasize current concepts and technology by providing practical, hands-on experiences with the latest, industry standard equipment. In addition to the technical know-how needed to maintain and repair equipment, the certificate and degree programs will help prepare students to think critically, function as a successful team member and communicate clearly too internal and external customers.

The multiple certificate and degree options available within this program allow students the option to stop-out and enter the workforce, and re-enter the program as needed, or complete their program of study without stopping.
Mechatronics Fundamentals (CC)
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 19
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Troubleshoot DC and AC circuits for malfunctions.
  • Design fluid power systems and identify common components.
  • Correctly connect, operate and troubleshoot an AC motor control circuit.
  • Demonstrate proper tool identification and usage techniques.
Instrumentation/Control Automation (CA)
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 135
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL WIRING
3 cr.
MTX 165
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 2
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 40
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Troubleshoot problems in automated processes and systems.
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors and clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
Mechanical Automation (CA)
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 120
MECHANICAL DRIVES 1
3 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 127
PIPING
2 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 150
MECHANICAL DRIVES 2
2 cr.
MTX 153
DC DRIVES
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 44
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Troubleshoot problems in electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors and clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
Instrumentation/Control Automation (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 125
SERVO ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 135
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL WIRING
3 cr.
MTX 165
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 2
4 cr.
MTX 205
FLOW PROCESS CONTROL
5 cr.
MTX 207
THERMAL PROCESS CONTROL
5 cr.
MTX 210
ELECTRO-FLUID POWER
4 cr.
MTX 216
MECHATRONICS 2
5 cr.
MTX 220
WORKPLACE ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICES
2 cr.
MTX 223
WORK TEAMS AND PRODUCT DESIGN
3 cr.
MTX 225
SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS
2 cr.
MTX 250
ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS
4 cr.
MTX 270
CAPSTONE
3 cr.
MTX 285
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEAN MANUFACTURING
2 cr.
MTX 295
ORGANIZATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors, clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within automated processes and systems.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Assimilate and interpret technical and nontechnical descriptions to form a solution.
  • Design, operate, and troubleshoot automation processes and systems.
Mechanical Automation (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 120
MECHANICAL DRIVES 1
3 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 127
PIPING
2 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 150
MECHANICAL DRIVES 2
2 cr.
MTX 153
DC DRIVES
4 cr.
MTX 216
MECHATRONICS 2
5 cr.
MTX 220
WORKPLACE ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICES
2 cr.
MTX 223
WORK TEAMS AND PRODUCT DESIGN
3 cr.
MTX 227
MECHANICAL DRIVES 3
4 cr.
MTX 230
LASER ALIGNMENT
2 cr.
MTX 250
ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS
4 cr.
MTX 260
ADVANCED PNEUMATICS AND VACUUM
3 cr.
MTX 270
CAPSTONE
3 cr.
MTX 285
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEAN MANUFACTURING
2 cr.
MTX 295
ORGANIZATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 84
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Assimilate and interpret technical and nontechnical descriptions to form a solution.
  • Design, operate, and troubleshoot automation processes and systems.
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors, clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within automated processes and systems.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
Instrumentation/Control Automation (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 125
SERVO ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 135
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL WIRING
3 cr.
MTX 165
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 2
4 cr.
MTX 205
FLOW PROCESS CONTROL
5 cr.
MTX 207
THERMAL PROCESS CONTROL
5 cr.
MTX 210
ELECTRO-FLUID POWER
4 cr.
MTX 216
MECHATRONICS 2
5 cr.
MTX 220
WORKPLACE ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICES
2 cr.
MTX 223
WORK TEAMS AND PRODUCT DESIGN
3 cr.
MTX 225
SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS
2 cr.
MTX 250
ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS
4 cr.
MTX 270
CAPSTONE
3 cr.
MTX 285
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEAN MANUFACTURING
2 cr.
MTX 295
ORGANIZATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 96
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Collect data based on sensory input and system performance to analyze and interpret process capabilities.
  • Operate, measure, and modify, software-driven industrial control systems.
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors, clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within automated processes and systems.
Mechanical Automation (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
MTX 107
BASIC PNEUMATICS
2 cr.
MTX 110
ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL 1
4 cr.
MTX 113
ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION
2 cr.
MTX 117
MECHATRONICS 1
2 cr.
MTX 120
MECHANICAL DRIVES 1
3 cr.
MTX 121
SEMICONDUCTORS I
3 cr.
MTX 123
PICK AND PLACE ROBOT
3 cr.
MTX 127
PIPING
2 cr.
MTX 130
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1
4 cr.
MTX 150
MECHANICAL DRIVES 2
2 cr.
MTX 153
DC DRIVES
4 cr.
MTX 210
ELECTRO-FLUID POWER
4 cr.
MTX 216
MECHATRONICS 2
5 cr.
MTX 220
WORKPLACE ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICES
2 cr.
MTX 223
WORK TEAMS AND PRODUCT DESIGN
3 cr.
MTX 225
SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS
2 cr.
MTX 227
MECHANICAL DRIVES 3
4 cr.
MTX 230
LASER ALIGNMENT
2 cr.
MTX 250
ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS
4 cr.
MTX 260
ADVANCED PNEUMATICS AND VACUUM
3 cr.
MTX 270
CAPSTONE
3 cr.
MTX 285
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEAN MANUFACTURING
2 cr.
MTX 295
ORGANIZATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 96
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Design, operate, and troubleshoot automation processes and systems.
  • Communicate with colleagues, supervisors, clients, using written and verbal technical and/or nontechnical language.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, completing prescribed project tasks and meeting project goals.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within automated processes and systems.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Assimilate/interpret technical and nontechnical descriptions to form a solution.