Courses in Mechatronics

Introduction to Mechatronics

MECA 1000     3.00 Credits
Introduction to Engineering Design is a foundation course in the Mechatronics program. By exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes, students will learn how technicians use technology in manufacturing and production settings. Theoretical and hands-on problem-solving activities are emphasized. This course will also engage the student to the proper and safe use of hand and shop tools. Hands-on labs and software are used as learning tools for students to design and produce projects related to industry. Students should take this as the first course in the sequence of Mechatronics courses. This course will also provide an overview of decision-making techniques and the application and benefits of decision-making using the Value Method process. (Prerequisites: None)

Solidworks

MECA 1110     2.00 Credits
This course is designed to teach the student the use of Solidworks mechanical design automation software. The student will make drawings of parts and assemblies related to the field of Mechatronics. (Prerequisites: None)

Electricity - Devices and Circuits I

MECA 1122     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an exploration of the basics in electricity and electronics. Topics include an overview of direct current, circuit laws, components, and use of test equipment. Students learn the basic technique of troubleshooting electric circuits, including measurement techniques, analysis of faults, and repair procedures. Teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving are emphasized. Hands-on experience and practical applications are included. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 56 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer test or Instructor approval)

Computer Applications

MECA 1131     3.00 Credits
This course is designed to provide students programs enrolled in technical programs an understanding of how the computer can be used as a tool to address a variety of applications utilizing input and output sources common to industry. Activities will also include, but are not limited to browser usage, word processing, spreadsheets, graphing capabilities, engineering scheduling applications and modeling and simulation software. (Prerequisites: None)

Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

MECA 1140     1.00 Credits
Students receive step-by-step instruction in Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) fundamentals with detailed explanations of each topic, GD&T symbols and definitions. Practice exercises are used throughout the instruction to provide additional discussion and learning opportunities. Students also learn to apply GD&T to industry-standard drawings. (Prerequisite: None)

Boiler Operation Principles

MECA 1150     1.00 Credits
This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand fundamental boiler operation in order to improve efficiencies and safety at their industrial plants or large building facilities. This course can also help students prepare for Boiler Operating Licensing exams. Individuals involved with residential hot water systems will also find this course extremely valuable. (Prerequisite: None)

Digital Electronics

MECA 1210     3.00 Credits
This course explores the general fundamentals of digital electronic circuits. To learn the theory and operation of digital electronics, students will get hands-on experience with basic logic gates; sequential logic circuits, such as flip-flops, counters, and shift registers; and combinational logic circuits that include encoders, decoders, multiplexers, and arithmetic devices. A variety of measurement equipment will be used to test and troubleshoot solid state and digital circuits created on breadboards during lab sessions. Teamwork, critical thinking skills, and practical applications of circuits will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: None)

Mechanical Systems

MECA 1220     3.00 Credits
This course includes an introduction to mechanical drive systems, power transmission systems, chain drives, v-belt and, multiple shaft drives, linear motion assemblies, and auxiliary control functions. The student will study the application of spur, helical, bevel and worm gears as well as the use of keys, pins, and splines to attach gears to shafts. Machine elements such as; displacement, velocity, acceleration, springs, power screws, brakes and clutches will also be topics covered. Computer simulation and 3D software will be used throughout the course. Troubleshooting of mechanical systems will be emphasized. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisites: PHYS 101 or comparable with approval of Instructor)

Electricity - Devices and Circuits II

MECA 1222     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an exploration of the basics in electricity and electronics. Topics include an overview of alternating current, circuit laws, components, and use of test equipment. Students learn the basic technique of troubleshooting electric circuits, including measurement techniques, analysis of faults, and repair procedures. Teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving are emphasized. Hands-on experience and practical applications are included. (Prerequisites: MECA 1122))

Mechanical Systems 1

MECA 1223     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes an introduction to mechanical drawings, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing and simple machines. The student will study the application and kinematic motion of simple machines elements. In addition, lab work will emphasize the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools and mechanical measuring tools and instruments. Troubleshooting of mechanical systems will be emphasized. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: None)

Automated Process Measurement

MECA 1230     1.00 Credits
This course covers applications of virtual measurement tools for industrial applications. Topics include basic virtual tool programming concepts, experiment setup and result presentation. (Prerequisites: MECA 1130 or instructor permission required)

Quality Concepts in Manufacturing

MECA 1240     2.00 Credits
This is an introductory course to quality for students who are pursuing careers in technical fields. Topics include fundamentals of statistics, control chart variables and attributes, reliability and quality costs. This course also introduces the student to the requirements of ISO 9000, Lean concepts, Value Stream Mapping and 5S philosophies, principles and techniques of managing quality. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 56 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer test or Instructor approval)

Mechatronics Systems Operations I

MECA 1250     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will provide the student with the principles of programmable logic controllers (PLC) hardware and fundamental sequence control systems. The student will gain essential knowledge necessary to create and edit basic PLC programs that will include timers, counters and special function blocks. As well as gaining an understanding of interfacing discrete input-output (I/O). The student will also perform fundamental PLC troubleshooting procedures. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MECA 1122)

Microprocessor Systems

MECA 1260     3.00 Credits
This course will provide students with the knowledge required to understand, program, and apply microcontrollers using 8 and 16 bit microcontrollers. The student will learn the basics of interfacing embedded system hardware and software by programming and interfacing simple peripheral circuitry using microprocessor development boards, programming environments, and peripheral application modules. Topics will include introduction to programming in assembler and C programming, applying C coding standards, controlling inputs and outputs, human interface devices such as displays and key pads, and motion control. Technical writing skills, embedded coding standards, and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MECA 1122, 1125, 1130)

Modeling and Simulation

MECA 1270     3.00 Credits
This course will provide students with the understanding of the interaction of the parts of a system, and of the system as a whole. A unified approach to modeling of dynamic systems using computer simulation and model validation is used. Emphasis will be on modeling and simulation of mechanical parts and assemblies, electronic circuits, fluid power systems and PLC controlled automation systems. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MECA 1131)

Sensors and Control

MECA 2110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will provide students with the principles of measurement and control systems. The student will gain an understanding of different sensor technologies used to measure and detect physical properties used in a variety of electro mechanical, electro hydraulic and electro pheumatic systems. The student, through lab work, will also learn how to use and troubleshoot sensors used in open and closed loop control systems. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. This course assumes the student understands basic electrical, mechanical, and programming concepts. (Prerequisites: MECA 1122)

SolidWorks II

MECA 2115     3.00 Credits
Student will advance their SolidWorks skills beyond core concepts of parts, assemblies and drawings. Learning outcomes are designed to prepare students in the more advanced concepts evaluated in the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam in areas such as: Advanced Parts, Advanced Assemblies, Advanced Surfacing, Sheet Metal, Routing and Simulation. (Prerequisite: None)

Fluid Power 1

MECA 2120     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides the basics of fluid powered devices and systems found in modern industrial machinery and automation. Topics include proper safety procedures, basic laws of fluid mechanics, standard symbols, pumps, control valves, control assemblies, actuators, maintenance procedures, and switching and control devices. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to apply basic laws of fluid mechanics to design and specify characteristics of a pneumatic system; select and size actuators and control valves, and match the pneumatic components with its American National Standards Institute (ANSI) symbol. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to identify long-term symptoms associated with a lack of preventive maintenance of pneumatic components while demonstrating good safety practices including lock out procedures. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: None)

Mechanical Systems 2

MECA 2123     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes an introduction to mechanical drives, bearing mechanisms, shaft alignment, shaft coupling, clutches and brakes. Also included is an introduction to industrial rigging using slings, hoists, cranes, scaffolds and ladders. Troubleshooting of mechanical systems will be emphasized. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: MECA 1223 and PHYS 101 or equivalent)

Fluid Power II

MECA 2130     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides the basics of hydraulically operated devices and systems found in modern industrial machinery and automation. Topics include proper safety procedures, basic laws of fluid mechanics, standard symbols, pumps, control valves, control assemblies, actuators, maintenance procedures, and switching and control devices. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to design and specify characteristics of a hydraulic system, select and size actuators, and match the hydraulic component name with its American National Standards Institute (ANSI) symbol. Additionally, the student should be able to identify long-term symptoms associated with a lack of preventive maintenance of hydraulic components while demonstrating good safety practices including lock out procedures. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: MECA 2120)

Mechatronics Systems Operations II

MECA 2150     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will focus on advanced principles of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). The student will become familiar with interfacing input and output with automation motion control systems used in manufacturing. Introduction of analog inputs and outputs, internal registers and tables, comparison functions, computational functions, data move functions, subroutines, data manipulation and sequencing functions, high speed counting, analog functions, trigonometric and advanced math functions. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: MECA 1250)

Micromechanical Measurement and Positioning

MECA 2220     4.00 Credits
This course will provide students with the principles of measurement, control and monitoring systems. The student will gain an understanding of different measurement and tracking tools such as vision systems, RFID tags and sensor technologies used to measure, detect and track the physical properties used in a variety of mechanical and fluid power systems. The student, through lab work, will also learn how to implement this knowledge in control systems. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. This course assumes the student understands basic electrical, mechanical, and programming concepts. (Prerequisites: MECA 2120, and 2150, or Instructor approval)

Robotics

MECA 2230     4.00 Credits
This course will provide students with the principles of programming and control of automated systems and multi-axis robotic systems in an industrial environment. The student will gain the ability to simulate program, and implement various types of automated machine systems, integrate actuators and sensors commonly found in robotic systems, and setup an automated robotic work cell. The student will also perform fundamental automated system troubleshooting procedures. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. This course builds on the student's understanding of basic electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and programming concepts. (Prerequisite: MECA 2150)

Robotics

MECA 2235     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will provide students with the principles of programming and control of multi-axis robotic systems used in an industrial environment. The student will gain the ability to program FANUC Robots and setup an automated robotic work cell. The student will also perform fundamental automated system troubleshooting procedures. Technical writing skills and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. This course builds on the student's understanding of basic electrical, mechanical and programming concepts. (Prerequisites: MECA 2110 Sensors and Controls and MECA 2150 Mechatronics System Operation II)

Senior Project

MECA 2240     1 - 5 Credits
Course Outline
The Senior Project at South Central College (SCC) is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know and to showcase their achievement. The project must be successfully completed as a component of the Mechatronics program, which is a required course for all graduating seniors. The Senior Project is a fitting conclusion to a student's education because through this endeavor, one is able to demonstrate accumulated skills in reasoning, research, problem solving, human interaction, organization, and public speaking. This course may also include an internship and will follow the SCC internship guidelines. This course may also be taken in variable increments of 1 to 5 credits. (Prerequisite: MECA 2150 - Mechatronics Systems Operations I or consent of Instructor)

Mechatronics Systems Operations III

MECA 2250     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will focus on advanced principals of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). The student will become familiar with interfacing input and output with automation motion control systems used in manufacturing. Introduction of PLC networking, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Proportional - Integral - Derivative (PID) Control and the use of Human Machine Interface (HMI) in a Control System. Troubleshooting exercises, technical writing assignments and safety procedures will be implemented throughout the course. (Prerequisite: MECA 2150)