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MECH-Mechatronics Engineering Tech
MECH 1010
Fundamentals of Mechatronics
3 Credit Hours

Covers the fundamental skills and theory of the Mechatronics discipline. Covers integrated system design which includes electrical, mechanical, and microprocessor programming theory. Discusses the fundamentals of materials science, manufacturing processes, and the application of automation systems in a production environment. Course fee of $20 for materials applies. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 1200
Electronics in Automation Design
3 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 1205
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MAT 1010

Teaches basic DC and AC electronics theory including voltage, current, resistance, reactance, and complex impedance as well as basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Includes the analysis of series, parallel, and complex circuits as well as troubleshooting and measurement techniques. Teaches principles of algebra and trigonometry which will be utilized for circuit analysis. Emphasizes the application of electronic theory and analysis in the design of automation systems. Course Lab fee of $40 for materials, lab applies.

MECH 1205
Electronics in Automation Design Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 1200

Applies basic DC and AC electronics theory including voltage, current, resistance, reactance, and impedance as well as basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Includes the analysis of series, parallel, and complex circuits as well as troubleshooting and measurement techniques. Presents the fundamentals of digital logic using combinational and sequential logic. Teaches number systems, binary arithmetic, logic gates, Boolean algebra, truth tables and logic simplification. Introduces computer architecture. Emphasizes the application of electronic theory and analysis in the design of automation systems. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 1300
Industrial Wiring for Mechatronic Systems
1 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 1305
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MECH 1010

Covers National Electrical Code and International Electrical Code using electrical prints, installation methods, and system requirements in mechatronic systems. Covers the creation and use of electrical diagrams for design and troubleshooting. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 1305
Industrial Wiring for Mechatronic Systems Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 1300
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MECH 1010

Applies the use of National Electrical Code and International Electrical Code using electrical prints, installation methods, and system requirements in mechatronic systems. Explains how to create and use electrical diagrams for design and troubleshooting.

MECH 2200
Semiconductors in Mechatronic Systems
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1200
Corequisite(s): MECH 2205

Teaches the theory of semiconductor PN junctions and discrete semiconductors such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and MOSFET's applied to automation control. Also introduces the utilization of opto-isolators, triacs, and SCR's in controlling automation power devices. Course Lab fee of $25 for materials, lab applies.

MECH 2205
Semiconductors in Mechatronic Systems Lab
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1200
Corequisite(s): MECH 2200

Applies the theory of semiconductor PN junctions and discrete semiconductors such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and MOSFET's applied to automation control. Introduces the utilization of opto-isolators, triacs, and SCR's in controlling automation power devices. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 2300
Microcontroller Architecture and Programming
4 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 2305
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MECH 2200

Teaches computer architecture and the fundamentals of computer programming in C language. Uses an IDE to develop, compile and debug C code. Introduces structured top down design and program documentation. Teaches the organization of I/O ports including alternate functions. Utilizes microcontroller communications, functions and I/O methods to interface to sensors and actuators. Course Lab fee of $50 for materials, lab applies.

MECH 2305
Microcontroller Architecture and Programming Lab
1 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 2300

Applies computer architecture and the fundamentals of computer programming in C language. Uses an IDE to develop, compile and debug C code. Introduces structured top down design and program documentation. Teaches the organization of I/O ports including alternate functions. Utilizes microcontroller communications, functions and I/O methods to interface to sensors and actuators. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 2400
Mechanical Components
4 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1010

Teaches students how to select, design, and analyze mechanical components that are used in manufacturing automation systems. Reviews and reinforces the concepts of the structure of metals, metals selection, and mechanical properties. Focuses on the selection of belt and chain drives, gear and gearbox selection, design of shafts, specification of rolling element bearings, and the use of threaded fasteners. Integrates the selection and design of mechanical components into a design project. Lab access fee of $45 applies

MECH 2500
Introduction to PLCs in Mechatronic Design
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1200, MECH 2300
Corequisite(s): MECH 2505

Covers the theory and programming of industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers (PLC). Introduces PLC programming stressing Ladder Logic and PLC programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Covers connection of PLCs to external components. Presents the fundamentals of digital logic using ladder logic. Covers number systems and Boolean algebra. Course Lab fee of $15 for materials, lab applies. Software fee of $29 applies.

MECH 2505
Introduction to PLCs in Mechatronic Design Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1200, MECH 2300
Corequisite(s): MECH 2500

Applies the theory and programming of industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers (PLC). Applies PLC programming stressing Ladder Logic and PLC programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Applies connection of PLCs to external components. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 2510
Fundamentals of Automation Controls
2 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 2515
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MECH 2500

Covers how to select, install, and troubleshoot sensors in a manufacturing environment. Emphasizes the application of proximity sensors in automation equipment as well as the use of encoders to measure speed and position, pressure transducers, and the use of thermocouples and thermistors to measure temperature. Covers signal conditioning methods to interface sensors to microprocessors and PLC's. Course Lab fee of $20 for lab notebook, lab applies.

MECH 2515
Fundamentals of Automation Controls Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Corequisite(s): MECH 2510
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MECH 2500

Applies methods for proper selection, installion, and troubleshooting of sensors in a manufacturing environment. Emphasizes the application of proximity sensors in automation equipment as well as the use of encoders to measure speed and position, pressure transducers, and the use of thermocouples and thermistors to measure temperature. Utilizes signal conditioning methods to interface sensors to microprocessors and PLC's. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 2550
Advanced PLC Programming and Applications
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2500
Corequisite(s): MECH 2555

Covers the principles of program structure, subroutines, interrupts, debugging, and simplifying. Illustrates the measurement and scaling of analog signals. Covers networking principles such as Ethernet and serial. Course Lab fee of $15 for materials, lab applies. Software fee of $29 applies.

MECH 2555
Advanced PLC Programming and Applications Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2500
Corequisite(s): MECH 2550

Applies the principles of program structure, subroutines, interrupts, debugging, and simplifying using a PLC. Applies the use of PLCs in the measurement and scaling of analog signals. Applies networking principles such as Ethernet and serial to communicate with a PLC. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 2600
Introduction to Fluid Power Systems
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2400
Corequisite(s): MECH 2605

Develops the concepts used to design, build, and control a fluid power system that is used in an industrial automation process. Covers the the fundamental principles of fluid power. Course Lab fee of $15 for materials, lab applies. Lab access fee of $45 applies. Software fee of $50 applies.

MECH 2605
Introduction to Fluid Power Systems Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2400
Corequisite(s): MECH 2600

Applies the concepts used to design, build, and control a fluid power system that is used in an industrial automation process. Employs laboratory exercises to illustrate the selection and use of actuators, valves, and controls to sequentially control a process.

MECH 2700
Industrial Motor Control Mechatronic Systems
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1300, MECH 1305
Corequisite(s): MECH 2705

Covers installation, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and theory on DC/AC motors, generators, and associated industrial control circuitry. Discusses ladder logic, controls, sensors, motor starters, overloads, and electronic devices used to control and protect DC/AC Machines. Describes three phase systems, transformers, and delta-wye connections. Introduces AC variable speed drives.

MECH 2705
Industrial Motor Control Mechatronic Systems Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 1300, MECH 1305
Corequisite(s): MECH 2700

Applies the principles of Installation, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and theory on DC/AC motors, generators, and associated industrial control circuitry. Uses ladder logic, controls, sensors, motor starters, overloads, and electronic devices used to control and protect DC/AC Machines. Lab activities include the wiring of transformers, and three phase systems in both delta and wye configurations.

MECH 3060
Mechatronics Management
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2550 and University Advanced Standing

Provides management principles, processes, and standards commonly used in manufacturing and other industries. Covers basic concepts in project management, operations management, quality management, and safety management. Familiarizes students with applicable software tools. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3220
Motion Control for Mechatronic Systems
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): (MECH 2550 or AET 2270 or Department Approval) and University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3225

Presents the selection and application of AC and DC servo motors and how to control the speed and position in automation systems. Covers variable frequency drives and servo drives in automation system design. Applies algebra, trigonometry, integrals, and derivatives.Course Lab fee of $15 for materials, lab applies.

MECH 3225
Motion Control for Mechatronic Systems Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): (MECH 2550 or AET 2270 or Department Approval) and University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3220

Applies the standards for the selection of AC and DC servo motors and the use of programming to control speed and position in automation systems. Implements variable frequency drives and servo drives in automation system design. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3300
Industrial Networks
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3220, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3305

Covers the principles of designing, configuring, integrating, and maintaining an industrial network. Covers the use of software to integrate PLC's, sensors, HMI's, computers, and smart devices into a manufacturing data management network. Course Lab fee of $25 for materials, lab applies. Software fee of $29 applies.

MECH 3305
Industrial Networks Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3220 and University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3300

Applies the principles of designing, configuring, and integrating in maintaining an industrial network. Applies the use of software to integrate PLC's, sensors, HMI's, computers, and smart devices into a manufacturing data management network. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3400
Statics and Material Properties for Mechatronics
4 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3405

Teaches the concept of forces as vectors, the equations of equilibrium, calculation of internal forces, and the calculation of centroids and area moments of inertia. Teaches how to calculate tensile and shear stress in machine components and compare the resultant forces to standard theories of failure using the principles of statics. Teaches algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus in terms of the application of statics.

MECH 3405
Statics and Material Properties for Mechatronics Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3400

Applies the concept of forces as vectors, the equations of equilibrium, calculation of internal forces, and the calculation of centroids and area moments of inertia. Covers how to calculate tensile and shear stress in machine components and compare the resultant forces to standard theories of failure by using the principles of statics. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3500
Industrial Robots
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2550, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3505

Covers the principles of industrial robotics, programming, and the application of vision systems using industry created curriculum. Course Lab fee of $11 for flat ribbon cable, lab applies. Lab access fee of $45 applies Software fee of $50 applies.

MECH 3505
Industrial Robots Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2550, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3500

Applies the principles of industrial robotics, programming, and the application of vision systems using industrial robots. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3570
Design Analysis and Rapid Prototyping WE
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): University Advanced Standing

Covers the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing based on the ASME Y14.5 standard. Explores how a design is affected by manufacturing tolerances and how to specify the fit of parts on a detail print. Emphasizes assembly analysis using SolidWorks Motion and rapid prototyping to verify the form, fit, and function of a design. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 3700
CNC Machines in Mechatronic Design
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3220, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3705

Covers the application, programming, and maintenance of CNC machines. Emphasizes the integration of CNC machines into automation systems. Covers specifications, performance, interfacing with industrial robots, tooling, programming, and integrating the CNC machine into factory system. Course lab fee of $35 for materials applies. Software fee of $29 applies

MECH 3705
CNC Machines in Mechatronic Design Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3220, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 3700

Applies the application, programming, and maintenance of CNC machines. Emphasizes the integration of CNC machines into automation systems. Applies specifications, performance, interfacing with industrial robots, tooling, programming, and integrating the CNC machine into a factory system. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 4300
Advanced Design in Mechatronic Systems
2 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2600 and MECH 2550, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 4305

Expands on the principles taught in the AAS degree covering the use of advanced systems and emerging technologies. Course lab fee of $15 for equipment applies.

MECH 4305
Advanced Design in Mechatronic Systems Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 2600 and MECH 2550, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 4300

Applies the principles taught in AAS degree by implementing the use of advanced systems and emerging technologies in an expanded format. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 4400
Polymers/Composites and Processes
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3400, University Advanced Standing.

Teaches students the selection of polymers, design of polymer products and manufacturing processes associated with polymer based products. Also teaches types of composites and design of composite products. Course lab fee of $18 for supplies applies. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 4500
Advanced Automation Controls
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 4300, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 4505

Introduces methods of advanced control of high speed components, analog controls, temperature, pressure, and time delay processes using digital and analog methods of control. Covers algebra, trigonometry, and basic applied calculus in the context of complex control systems. Course lab fee of $45 for equipment applies. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 4505
Advanced Automation Controls Laboratory
1 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 4300, University Advanced Standing
Corequisite(s): MECH 4500

Integrates methods of advanced control of high speed components, analog controls, temperature, pressure, and time delay processes using digital and analog methods of control. Implements practical applications of the concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class. Lab access fee of $45 applies.

MECH 4800
Capstone Project WE
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): MECH 3570, University Advanced Standing.

Integrates the concepts of the Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum into a semester-long design project. Requires students to conceive, define, design, document, and prototype a mechatronic project. Lab access fee of $45 applies. Software fee of $29 applies.

MECH 481R
Mechatronics Internship
1 to 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): Matriculation into Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Instructor Approval, and University Advanced Standing

Provides opportunity to use work experience to add to educational background and academic experience. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be counted towards graduation. May be graded credit/no credit.

MECH 490R
Topics in Mechatronics
3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite(s): University Advanced Standing

Covers a chosen topic in the mechatronics discipline. May be taken more than once for different topics and for a maximum of 6 credit hours toward graduation. Lab access fee of $45 applies.