Mechatronics – Robotics and Automated Systems (APMRAS)

Associate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as an automated equipment technician who assembles, installs, programs, troubleshoots and maintains robotic and automated equipment. Students have a choice to follow any of three different specialty tracks which will prepare them for the various applications of automation. Each track features a variety of application level classes where the student performs lab-oriented practice for required skills. It is highly recommended that beginning students take at least one technical class during their first semester. See an advisor in the Industrial Technology department for assistance.

This is a high skill program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Students must select one of the concentrations to complete as a program requirement.

Program Concentrations

 

Fluid Power Specialty (FPWR)

  • FLP 110 Fluid Power Fundamentals - II
  • FLP 214 Hydraulic Circuits and Controls
  • FLP 225 Fluid Power Motion Control

Industrial Electronics Specialty (IELC)

  • ELE 211 Basic Electronics
  • ELE 254 PLC Applications
  • FLP 226 Pneumatics

Numerical Control Specialty (NCTL)

  • NCT 110 Introduction to Computerized Machining (CNC) - II
  • NCT 120 2D CAD CAM for Shape Cutting
  • NCT 121 Manual Programming and NC Tool Operation
  • NCT 123 2D CAD CAM CNC Programming for Mills and Lathes
  • NCT 221 Advanced Manual Programming and NC Tool Operation

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2022-2023 Academic Requirements

This technology-driven program prepares students for entry-level positions within the mechatronics field as an automated equipment technicians. These technicians assemble, install, program, troubleshoot and maintain robotic systems and other automated equipment. This evolving field is suited towards people who enjoy working with technology to solve problems. Students will gain understanding of all systems involved with automation including: Digital and electromechanical systems and programming them (PLC), control of mechanical systems, computer aided design (CAD), robotics with vision and other systems. It is highly recommended that beginning students take at least one technical class during their first semester. See an advisor for assistance in planning your path.

Students with technology interests who enjoy working with their hands like gaming, manipulating code, 3D printing are suited for this line of work.

Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees;
Wayne State University, several BS degrees.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: https://www.wccnet.edu/learn/transfer-wcc-credits/articulation-agreements.php.

Division
Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Department
Advanced Manufacturing
Advisors
Julie N. (Niki) Lee
Thomas Penrid
Dominique Green
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ELE 111   Electrical Fundamentals 4
MEC 101   Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2
MEC 105   Pneumatics and Hydraulics in Fluid Power 4
ROB 101   Robotics I - I 2
ROB 110   Robotics I - II 2
Total 14
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ELE 211   Basic Electronics 4
NCT 100   Foundation Concepts for Manufacturing (CNC) 3
ROB 212   Robotics II 4
Elective   Math Elective(s) 3
Total 14
Third Summer Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
NCT 120   Introduction to 2D CAD CAM Programming and Applications 2
Elective   Writing Elective(s) 3
Elective   Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 8
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ELE 224   Programmable Controllers (PLCs) I 4
ROB 221   Robotics III 4
Elective   Speech/Comp. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Soc. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 14
Fifth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ELE 254   Programmable Controllers (PLCs) II 4
MEC 201   Mechanisms 2
MEC 224   Mechatronics Capstone 4
Elective   Arts/Human. Elective(s) 3
Total 13

Total Credits Required
63

Footnotes

See an advisor to assist in scheduling and planning for each semester as some classes have limited offering.