Academic Certificate in Mechatronics

Division of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies and Computer Science — Curriculum Code: 3316

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Mechatronics?

The Mechatronics certificate program is designed to provide students with a background in advanced manufacturing systems, robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and engineering graphics and also includes general education courses. These courses include a complimentary combination of mechanical and electrical engineering courses so that a student will be able to seek employment in automation-related industries. The student will gain lab experience in programming computer numerical control (CNC) cutting tools and robotics as well as programming PLC machine controllers and integrating them, along with sensor inputs and mechanical outputs into systems.

If I major in Mechatronics, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Mechatronics certificate program is career oriented. Courses completed as part of this academic certificate program can be applied toward an associate’s degree programs at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. Part-time students can complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Work from blueprints, layouts, drawings, wiring diagrams, sketches, verbal and written instructions to maintain, troubleshoot and repair machines and equipment;
  • Identify and recommend repairs and oversee outside contractors;
  • Describe and design PLC programs;
  • Explain the use of AND, OR, and NOT functions;
  • Describe the function of the hardware components used in PLC systems;
  • Explain the operation of sensors and output devices commonly used in PLC installations;
  • Explain the operation of various types of valves (e.g. ball, globe, pressure relief etc.);
  • Explain the use of solenoid operated valves;
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain test fixtures; and
  • Identify process improvements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (11 Credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
MTH 113 (4 credits)

Scientific Reasoning & Knowledge (4 credits)
PHY 101 College Physics I (4 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (19 Credits)

ELC 115 Electric Circuits: DC and AC (4 credits)
ENR 103 Engineering Graphics (2 credits)
MET 202 Modern Manufacturing Systems & Robotics (4 credits)
MET 211 Machines and Controls (3 credits)
MET 215 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
MET 221 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

First Semester
MTH 113 College Algebra with Trigonometry (4 credits)
PHY 101 College Physics I (4 credits)
ELC 115 Electric Circuits: DC and AC (4 credits)

Second Semester
MET 202 Modern Manufacturing Systems & Robotics (4 credits)
MET 211 Machines and Controls (3 credits)
MET 215 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
MET 221 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) (3 credits)

Summer Session
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ENR 103 Engineering Graphics (2 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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