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Mechatronics (EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Mechatronics is a rapidly growing field that integrates electrical systems, mechanics, fluid power, robotics, and computer control systems to create new and improved automated manufacturing production systems. This program is designed for people who are interested in plant maintenance, set up, installation, and assembly. The Mechatronics Certificate program is designed to reinforce the core technical skills and real-world application needed in today’s manufacturing environment. Through alignment with PMMI’s (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) Mechatronics Certification Program, Hennepin Technical College’s Mechatronics Diploma offers a set of stackable credentials that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturer’s Skills Certification System. This industry developed, third-party validated, nationally recognized credential is focused on ensuring graduates have the core technical skills with real world application for today’s high-tech manufacturing environment. These jobs are found in the packaging, medical, electronics, agriculture, biotechnology, and automotive industries.

Award Outcomes

Apply technical documents to the installation and troubleshooting of automated packaging equipment

Apply Mechatronics control concepts to automated machinery

Use technical documents to assemble, install, troubleshoot and repair automated packaging systems

Diagnose root problems impacting production flow

Solve root problems to maintain production flow

Integrate automated systems into new and existing packaging and manufacturing lines

Perform basic Mechatronics operations in a manufacturing environment

Apply communication skills to interact with people in business and industry

Manage time and resources

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are wide-spread in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Extensive opportunities exist as Electrical and Electronics Technicians for industrial equipment, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Industrial Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Engineering Technicians, and as Packaging Technicians.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 54 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1126Mechanical Power Transmission

3

ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1161Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1170Troubleshooting Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

ARET1185Sensor Applications

2

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

ARET2101Advanced Automation Controls

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

ARET2111Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2200FANUC Robotics Operations

2

ARET2250FANUC Vision Systems

1

ENGC1250SOLIDWORKS I

4

FLPW1101Fluid Power Technology I

3

MACH1056Blueprint Reading I

3

MACH1205Machine Tool Technology

3

 

General Education Required 6 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

or

MnTC Goal Area 1

 

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

or

MATH2200College Algebra

4

or

MnTC Goal Area 4

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Diploma Credits 60

Semester Sequence

Offered at Eden Prairie Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1126Mechanical Power Transmission

3

ARET1161Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

 

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

or

MATH2200College Algebra

4

or

Any course from MnTC Goal Area 4

Total Credits  14

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

ENGC1250SOLIDWORKS I

4

 

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

or

Any course from MnTC Goal Area 1

Total Credits  15

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1185Sensor Applications

2

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

FLPW1101Fluid Power Technology I

3

MACH1056Blueprint Reading I

3

Total Credits  16

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1170Troubleshooting Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET2101Advanced Automation Controls

3

ARET2111Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2200FANUC Robotics Operations

2

ARET2250FANUC Vision Systems

1

MACH1205Machine Tool Technology

3

Total Credits  15

MnTC Goal Area 1

A complete list of MnTC courses and Goal Areas that can be used to meet General Education requirements can be found at www.hennepintech.edu.  The same course cannot satisfy more than one MnTC Goal Area requirement.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2020Intercultural Communication

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

COMM2130Public Speaking

3

ENGL2001Workplace Correspondence

2

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

ENGL2130Introduction to Creative Writing

3

MnTC Goal Area 4

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

MATH2150Introduction to Statistics

3

MATH2200College Algebra

4

PHIL2000Introduction to Logic

3

Graduation (60 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.

 

5/20/2021 : BP / EP 4009