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Mechatronics Diploma

Why Choose Mechatronics Diploma at CLC?

• Students have access to over 25 different robots

• Industry experienced instructors training quality technicians for over 28 years

• Placement is excellent, with employers looking to CLC first for new employees

• Complete the diploma in 11 months and begin working sooner

• Up to date, state of the art electronics lab

About the Program

Students completing the Mechatronics Diploma will learn skills in electronics, motors and drives, transducers, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, solid model design, applied math, robot automation and computers. These hands-on trainings will take place in state of the art labs.
This diploma is the foundation to other degrees in Robotics Automated Systems Technology and Applied Engineering.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

MECHATRONICS DIPLOMA

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester

MATH 1500  Applied Mathematics (3 cr)

MTTS 1264  Intro to Machining Process (2 cr)

RAST 1101  Industrial Electronics I (3 cr)

RAST 1104  Introduction to Automation (2 cr)

RAST 1109  Computers in Industry (2 cr)

RAST 1110  Intro to Manufacturing (2 cr)

RAST 1111  Industrial Electronics Lab I (2 cr)

Total – 16 Credits

Spring Semester

RAST 1102*  Industrial Electronics II (3 cr)

RAST 1103*  Motors and Drives (3 cr)

RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2 cr)

RAST 1113*  Motors & Drives Lab (3 cr)

RAST 1206*  Programmable Logic Controllers I (3 cr)

RAST 1212*  Industrial Electronics Lab II (2 cr)

RAST 2105*  Transducers (2 cr)

RAST 2165*  Fluid Power (2 cr)

Total – 20 Credits

Summer Session

RAST 2106*  Industrial Electronics III (2 cr)

RAST 2116*  Industrial Electronics Lab III (2 cr)

Total – 4 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 40 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

 

Detailed Program Information

Career Description: Mechatronics combines the knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. Electro-mechanical technicians install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines. Technicians in this field must have skills in electricity, electronics, instrumentation, programmable logical controllers, microprocessors, automation and robotics.

Program Information: In the Mechatronics Diploma program students prepare for entry-level technician positions in the areas of robotics, industrial manufacturing, instrumentation, electronics, and process control automation. Coursework covers industrial electronics, electrical motor control, AC/DC electronics, process control, computer-aided design, programmable controllers, computers, manufacturing, transducers, and fluid power. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped lab for a hands-on, practical experience.

Special Program Requirements:

Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete one-third (13) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities: Employment of electro-mechanical technicians is expected to grow by 14% by 2020. Many of these technicians are employed in manufacturing industries. Mechatronics training has two advantages for electro-mechanical technicians. First, it is multidisciplinary, which gives technicians versatile training that is applicable across a broad range of fields. Second, it allows a technician to contribute to a product in its entirety, from concept to design.

Career Titles: Examples of career titles in this field include electro-mechanical technician, industrial automation technician, electronics technician, maintenance technician, field service technician, instrumentation and engineering technician and mechatronics engineer.

Advisory Board: Robotics Automated Systems Technology Advisory Board

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in electrical systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in mechanical systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in creating program code;
  • Test and debug complex automated equipment to machine specifications;
  • Troubleshoot complex electrical circuits and machine control programs.

Instructors

nateNathan Peterson
Nathan Peterson likes bringing a taste of the real world to the classroom through his experiences in the job field.
Before starting at the college in 2006, he worked for a robotic original equipment manufacturer for several years, making his way up to department manager.
Peterson graduated from Brainerd Staples Technical College with a diploma in Robotics Automated Systems Technology. He earned an Associates of Science Degree from Brainerd Community College, now CLC. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. During his tenure at CLC, Peterson has been nominated for the BOT Educator of the Year award several times. Email Nate for more information

robbieRobert Lange
Before coming to CLC in 2013, Robert Lange installed robotic and automated systems across the nation.
At the college, he uses his work experiences to prepare students for a career in robotics.
Lange graduated from CLC with a diploma in Robotics Automated Systems Technology in 2001. He immediately accepted an internship, followed by full-time employment with an original equipment manufacturer.
Lange earned several industry certificates including: Fanuc Master Certified Service Engineer, American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector, and Robotics Industries Association Certified Expert Robotic Technologist. Email Robert for more information

Student Testimonials

Mike

Aitkin, MN – Current student
The Robotics/Automation Program caught my attention, as I was unsure of what part of engineering I wanted to do. This program allowed me to explore a little of each engineering field. I have become comfortable and confident in my skills, which have moved deeper into the electronics and programming as we built our capstone projects from the ground up. The program as a whole has allowed me to network into a very good paying internship that will permit me to continue to learn and help me to achieve my goals. I will continue my education to get my Bachelors of Applied Engineering.

Melissa

Former student
Many say that college is one of the best times of your life, and that was true with my experience at Central Lakes College. I had great instructors, a good group of classmates, and an education that has served me well. No matter what you plan to do for the rest of your life, a good education is the only way to succeed in today’s busy world. The CLC Robotics Automation Systems Program in Staples gave me the knowledge and experience to be successful in my field, making sure I applied what I learned as well as learning the individual concepts of robotics and automation. If I had to do it again, my choice would be the same: CLC Robotics in Staples.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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