• Mechatronics

    This coursework will appeal to students who are curious about finding new solutions to industrial problems using mechanical and electronic processes. See the course information below.

  • Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and English 1 (see course catalog for specific requirements for CP and Honors)

    Recommended Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Course 1: Mechatronics 1

    Mechatronics is a new interdisciplinary field involving mechanical, instrumentation, electronics, robotics/ automation, computer components, and control systems. It is a dynamic field that changes daily with the rapid improvements in technology and computer systems. Systems are networked to meet the demands of automated manufacturing processes, and technicians are trained to meet necessary entry-level industrial skills and entry into a postsecondary program at a technical college. This course will prepare students who like to work with their hands as well as with their minds. Mechatronics 1 is designed for students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of direct current (DC) circuit theory and progress to the study of alternating current (AC) circuit theory. Students will be engaged with the design, analysis, construction, and troubleshooting of both DC/AC circuits, as well as, electrical safety and testing instruments. Technical Advanced Placement is available through Tri-County Technical College.

    Course 2: Mechatronics 2 

    Building on Course 1, Mechatronics 2 involves the principles of electrical and fluid power control and output devices. Beginning with electrical control devices, students will study AC and DC motors, motor control, and general machine operations in a complex mechatronic system. Students will learn the functions and properties of machine control elements along with output devices and the roles they play within an industrial system. Topics covered will include general machine operations and motor control techniques; mechanical components and electric drives; motor sensors, braking and loads; motor efficiency and power; preventive measures and troubleshooting techniques. The second part of Mechatronics 2 will involve pneumatic and hydraulic devices and controls related to fluid power. Topics will include directional control valves, actuators and cylinders, flow control, pressure control, pumps and regulators, electro-pneumatic control applications and devices. Students will develop, construct, analyze, and troubleshoot both electrical control and fluid power control circuits as related to industrial systems. Programmable Logic Control devices will also be an integral part of these systems related to the automation control of industrial applications. Technical documentation such as data sheets, circuit diagrams, schematics, displacement step diagrams and function charts will be used for students to perform measurements on motors, motor control circuits, and fluid power systems, allowing them to apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and correct malfunctions. Safety issues within these systems will also be discussed

    Course 3: Mechatronics 3

    Capstone Project/Internship









    Honors Framework:

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    Potential Careers:

    Mechatronics Technician

    Industrial Maintenance

    Electrical Engineer 

    Mechanical Engineer

    Mechatronics Engineer

    Available Certifications:

     OSHA 10



     Student Organizations:

     National Technical Honor Society

    Skills USA

    Society of Women Engineers NEXT



















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