Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Mechatronics Technology - AAS


Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: Mechatronics Technology
Campus(es): Winona

See your future working in the industry of tomorrow

If you like working with your mind and your hands, the challenging field of mechatronics technology may be the career choice for you! Mechatronics technology is the cutting edge discipline of building, troubleshooting, and maintaining the industry of tomorrow.

Mechatronics technicians work with industrial electricians, engineers, and technical support staff to ensure that production processes and equipment can be expanded and sustained in a wide range of industries.

At MSC Southeast in Winona, the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechatronics Technology spans electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, and motors. You will understand how to set up and maintain advanced programmable logic controllers, drives, human-machine interfaces, and actuators.

Graduates with this credential work in settings such as manufacturing, automation, control systems, and agriculture, including:

  • Installing industrial robots at leading manufacturing firms
  • Deploying automated milking parlors on dairy farms
  • Troubleshooting high-tech industrial mechanical operations

Mechatronics Technology is taught by industry and academic professionals who can relate modern industrial processes with cutting edge advances in the world of mechatronics. Whether you are studying electrical, mechanical, or instrumentation systems, our instructors will be able to draw a line from each lecture to what is taking place in today’s most advanced industries.

See your future in mechatronics! Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast.

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Courses

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit English or Communications course.
3 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 3 credit Math course.
3 cr
Social Science requirement
Choose one 3 credit Social Science course.
3 cr
Humanities requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit Humanities course.
3 cr
 
15 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
3 cr
ELEC1202
Introduction to DC Electricity
This course covers the general information, theory, and problem-solving techniques required for an analysis of DC circuits with emphasis on the meter measurements, current flow, and voltage division. (Prerequisite: Proficient in basic math) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
ELEC1204
Introduction to AC Electricity
This course covers the general information, theory, and problem-solving techniques required for an analysis of AC circuits. Topics include: AC waveforms, oscilloscope operation, meter measurements, and AC vs. DC comparisons. (Prerequisites or Concurrent: ELEC1202, proficiency in basic math) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
ELEC1209
DC Theory & Circuits
This course covers the study of Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Law and network theorems, with an emphasis on the theoretical concepts as related to electricity/electronics. The application of DC theory through laboratory experiments are also examined. Instruction in the operation of basic test equipment is used to provide verification of topics and to reinforce the theory. (Prerequisite or Concurrent PHYS1515 or ELEC1202) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
ELEC1212
Digital Electronics I
Students will learn what a digital circuit is and how digital circuits are used in electronic equipment, from simple clocks to large computers. Experimentation with digital circuits will aid in the reinforcement of digital concepts. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
ELEC2221
Programmable Controllers
This course covers the operation of programmable logic controllers. The hardware and software aspects of the controllers will be explored in the lab. The basic ladder diagram, timer, counter and sequencer instructions will be covered. Additionally, advanced operation and programming of programmable logic controllers, including greater depth of programming, HMI development, and I/O through laboratory instruction will also be covered. Communication between the PLC and Human Machine Interface will also be covered in depth. The master control, data manipulation and control instructions will also be explored. NOTE: This course is equivalent to the combined ELEC 2218 and ELEC 2219 course series. (Prerequisites: ELEC1202, ELEC1204, and ELEC1212 or permission of instructor) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1622
Introduction to Hydraulics & Pneumatics
This course provides an introduction to fluid power technology using liquids or compressed air. An emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the physical laws that govern hydraulics and pneumatics. Students will develop an understanding of the components of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including, but not limited to, pumps, pressure regulators, valves, and safety concerns. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1624
Devices & Interfacing for Industrial Electricity
The course will start out with a review of the fundamental concepts of electricity. Building off of a basic understanding of direct current, students will be introduced to basic electrical components and systems found in industry. Topics covered will include applied electrical safety, wiring diagrams and blueprints, troubleshooting techniques, and basic test equipment and operation. Student will gain hands-on experience with switches, relays, electrical motors, indicators, multimeters, and other instrumentation in accordance with the National Electrical Code. (Prerequisite: ELEC1202) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1634
Electric Motors
Electric motors feature skills needed by every automation technician in an industrial setting. Students learn proper motor identification, connection techniques, reversing, replacement selection, and routine maintenance on motor operated equipment. Motors covered in the instruction include Shaded Pole, Split Phase, Permanent Split Capacitor, Capacitor, Capacitor Start Induction Run, 3 Phase, D.C. Motors, programmable Motors, Permanent Magnet and Wound Field Inspection and repair of power tools will also challenge the students troubleshooting ability. Brush maintenance installation, commutator, and slip ring preventative maintenance, and an introduction to drives will round out this must have instruction. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1660
Mechanical Power Transmission
An introduction to basic tools, common materials and processes will be covered. The various types of mechanical drives and their features will be discussed along with building and preventive maintenance programs. (Prerequisites: none) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
INDS1662
Electro-Thermal Systems Control
This course applies basic physics to engineering evaluations of mechanical products, structures and procedures. Students will study and evaluate mechanical drive systems including service, repair, and troubleshooting principles as they pertain to HVAC systems. Thermodynamic principles are studied in heating and cooling systems. The student will be introduced to industrial programmable controllers and electro-thermal systems. (Prerequisites: INDS1660) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
INDS1670
Advanced PLCs
This course explores advanced Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) concepts including the integration of timers, counters, and sensors into hardware and software applications. This includes implementation of advanced Human Machine Interface operations, Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) control, and close-loop control algorithms. (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1671
Motion Control and Servos
An introduction to basic tools, common materials and processes will be covered. The various types of mechanical drives and their features will be discussed along with building and preventive maintenance programs. (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1672
Robotics
This course is designed to present the fundamentals of robotics development as a systems engineering problem. Teams will work together to develop robotic solutions to a given application. Requirements development, hardware/software design, device programming, system maintenance/diagnostics, and electro-mechanical applications will be explored. By the end of the class, students will have built a functional robot. (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
INDS1673
Mechatronics Capstone
Students will devise capstone projects integrating their coursework in electronics, programming, automation, robotics, and system integration. Projects will be vetted through their academic advisor and will be presented to the class at the end of the semester. The course will require specification of design requirements, outline integration of technical solutions, and map how the project relates to both industry and their program curriculum.. (2 credits: 0 lecture, 2 lab)

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2 cr
MACH1661
Introduction to CAD/CAM
This course will familiarize the student with computer aided drafting and computer aided machining. Students will learn the design drafting process of the CAD computer program. Students will learn the Computer Aided Machining (CAM) process of the software to produce Machining Tool paths and to write G-code programs. This course can be taken as an elective to other programs, or as a mid-year start for the CNC Machine Tool program. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
 
45 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 60


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$
Estimated Total:$11,675
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Automation Technicians
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Commercial & Industrial Maintenance Technicians

Career Information

Outcomes

  • Understanding AC/DC electrical circuits
  • Proficiency with pneumatic & hydraulic systems
  • Control and troubleshoot electrical motors
  • Installation and configuration of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Successful troubleshooting of electro-mechanical systems
  • Demonstration of multi-system integration via a program capstone project

Highlights

  • Taught by industry and academic professionals who can connect industrial processes with advances in the world of mechatronics
  • Lecture and lab coursework directly relate to what is taking place in today's most advanced industries
  • Capstone project will demonstrate your ability to integrate what you have learned in the program

Instructors

Marc Kalis received his Electronics Diploma from Austin Technical Institute (Riverland Community College, Austin Campus) and currently holds a license in Electronics Technology for the State of Minnesota. Marc has experience in a variety of electronic areas which include but are not limited to: medical equipment repair, industrial controllers, networking, computers and mobile electronics. He is an IPC-A-610 Class "A" Instructor (solder joint inspection), a J-STD-001 class "A" Instructor (Solder Application Specialist, and a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional.

 

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