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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
See your future working in the industry of tomorrow.

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

Major Details

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
Social Science requirement
Choose one 3 credit Social Science course.
3 cr
Humanities requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit Humanities course.
3 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 3 credit Math course.
3 cr
 
15 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
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
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
MECH1610
Basic Industrial Controls
This course introduces students to industrial control components and systems. Digital industrial electrical devices such as switches, sensors, relays and motor starters are used in hands on labs. 3Ø motors and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) are also covered. Ladder diagrams will be a focus of this course and students will use equipment manuals and diagrams to build industrial electrical circuits. Students will also be introduced to residential electrical wiring. (Corequisite: None) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1620
Programmable Controllers
This course covers the operation of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). The hardware and software aspects of the PLC will be explored. Basic communication between the PC, PLC and Human Machine Interface (HMI) will be covered. Ladder logic instructions including; bit instructions, timers, counters, bit shifting, and sequencer instructions will be covered. Additionally, discrete and modular I/O integration will be applied to basic programs. HMI development and basic HMI applications will be developed and demonstrated. (Prerequisite: MECH1610 Basic Industrial Controls) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1630
Advanced PLC Programming
This course introduces students to Studio 5000 software and Controllers. Students will utilize tag based programming to create ladder logic program for industrial programming. Function block programming and structured text programming will also be introduced and applied. (Prerequisite: MECH1620) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1631
Motors & Drives
This course adds to student¿s knowledge of motors and motor control systems. VFDs will be introduced and applied for control of a three-phase motor. Positioning systems using both stepper and servo drives are explored. Application of industrial equipment is emphasized, and students are required to use and interpret equipment manuals to control and integrate the equipment. Control of DC and single-phase motors are also introduced. (Prerequisite: MECH1610) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1632
Process Control Systems
This course introduces students to the concept of automatic process control on the technician level. Students will be introduced to controller functions and effects such as proportional, integral and derivative and how different combinations of each cause controller outputs and inputs to respond in open and closed loops. Practices digital controller configuration and loop tuning for level, pressure, flow, and temperature. (Prerequisite: MECH1630) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1640
Integrated Industrial Systems
This course introduces students to integrated industrial control components and systems. Students will utilize a PLC to control multiple machine control systems. Starting with that plc the student will add modular IO and remote IO for field devices. Adding a HMI Students will simulate a machine system that also includes a VFD and servo drive. With all of these devices in the same system the student will develop an understanding of machine control structures, addressing and control. (Corequisite: MECH1630) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1700
Mechanical Power Transmission
This course will introduce students to various types of mechanical power transmission systems. As the student is introduced to the various systems, they will study the design, operation and maintenance of these systems. The students will perform labs that will demonstrate their ability to install and troubleshoot mechanical transmission systems including belts, gears, shafts and couplings. Motor mounting and alignment including the alignment of system components are an emphasis of this course. Prerequisite: MECH1610 (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MECH1710
Introduction to Hydraulics & Pneumatics
This course introduces students to industrial hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Students will complete labs where they identify and utilize basic components. Students will assemble and troubleshoot fluid power systems up to and including electrical control. Prerequisite: MECH1610 (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MECH1720
Machining for Maintenance
This course covers the fundamental elements of basic machine shop theory that would be applied to shop applications. Students taking the course will be able to apply skills learned in the classroom to the lab where they will have hands on experience on basic machine shop equipment. Topics of study include safety, measuring parts to print, proper set up, speeds & feeds, and cutting tool usage. (Prerequisites: None) (3 Credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1730
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: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MECH1800
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. (3 credits: 1 lecture, 2 lab)

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3 cr
WELD1455
Trades Enhancement Welding
Students will be introduced to different welding and cutting processes. Covered in this course will be proper weld fusion, heat distortion, penetration, and their effects to the parent material. Students will learn the basics of proper welding and cutting machine set up from turning the machine on and off and identification of machine parts to demonstrating and identifying the differences between good quality welds and poor quality welds. Students will be introduced to and demonstrate weld shop safety and practice, and proper compressed cylinder transport and storage. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
 
45 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 60 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,994
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:N/A
Estimated Total:$11,994
 

 


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

Andy George
Prior to joining the faculty at MSC Southeast as an instructor in the new Mechatronics program, Andy George taught Electromechanical/Automation at Western Technical College in La Crosse for nine years and was an Electromechanical Technician at Hutchinson Technology in Eau Claire, WI, for six years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Operations Management and Supervision at University of Wisconsin-Stout and an associate degree Electromechanical Technology at Western Technical College.
Christopher Schwertel
Chris Schwertel has more than 15 years of workforce experience in production facilities, maintaining state of the art equipment concerning a wide range of pneumatics, hydraulics, PLC programming, electrical, motors, drives, coolant systems, robotics, and more. He graduated with high honors from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse in 2020, majoring in Electromechanical Technology.

 

 

 
 

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