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Mechatronics

Student in Mechatronics Lab

Students in Mechatronics Lab

What exactly is Mechatronics Technology?

This growing technical field of study deals with the integration of mechanical and electronic components managed by a control system. Mechatronics technicians troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechanical equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems. The systems are increasingly used in a wide variety of manufacturing and related technical applications such as high technology.

Clark College's mechatronics classes are designed to provide personalized, small class course work at our new facility at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center (CTC) on S.E. Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver. In Clark College's mechatronic classes, you will receive 'real world', state-approved technical instruction from an experienced instructor for the following types of manufacturing systems:

What does it take to be a Mechatronics technician?

Successful mechatronics technicians require comprehensive reading and mathematics skills and the ability to think analytically about inter-related systems. Aspiring technicians are self-starters, willing to learn on-the-job and possess the ability to work both independently and in teams.

Mechatronic technicians perform a wide variety of tasks. Typical activities are the following:


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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 Collegeâs 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.
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)
 
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
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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 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 155
AC 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 255
ADVANCED HYDRAULICS
3 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: 92
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/interpret technical and nontechnical descriptions to form a solution.
  • Design, operate, and troubleshoot automation 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.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within automated processes and systems.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
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
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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 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 155
AC 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 255
ADVANCED HYDRAULICS
3 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: 86
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:
  • Operate and maintain electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment in an industrial environment.
  • Troubleshoot problems in electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within 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.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Instrumentation/Control 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)
 
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
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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: 94
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:
  • 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.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
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
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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: 88
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:
  • Operate, measure, and modify software-driven industrial control processes and systems.
  • Operate and program servo and non-servo robotic equipment.
  • Troubleshoot problems in automated processes and systems.
  • Use computational skills to analyze physical parameters within 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.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Instrumentation/Control Automation (CA)
Major Area Requirements
MTX 100
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY
1 cr.
MTX 101
DC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 102
AC FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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: 38
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
3 cr.
MTX 103
BASIC MEASUREMENT TOOLS
2 cr.
MTX 105
BASIC HYDRAULICS
2 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 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: 39
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.

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