Learn skills in electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies in a course mapped to the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Level 1 certification. Students are prepared for entry-level Mechatronics positions in almost every industry.
Mechatronics Technology — NSC STEM Pathways
- What students will learn
- Learning objectives by module
- Course assessments, activities, and outline
- Other course details
- System requirements
- Included instructor tools
What students will learn
The NSC Mechatronics Technology certificate program has learning outcomes in the categories of Safety, Applied Mathematics, Foundational Principles, Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving, Equipment, Troubleshooting, Technical Literacy, Documentation, Communication, Interpersonal Interaction, and Cultural and Social Awareness. These outcomes are broad themes of the program, achieved in one or more of its courses:
- Understand and apply all safety protocols (e.g., personal, LOTO, and OSHA regulations).
- Apply basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, numbering systems, and digital logic to the solution of problems (e.g., current, voltage, resistance, capacitance, torque, work, power, Newton’s Laws, programming).
- Understand and apply foundational principles of mechanical, electrical, computer, and industrial technologies.
- Conceptualize, design, build, and modify systems.
- Select (i.e., generate specifications), install, debug/test, adjust, use, and/or maintain equipment and software according to requirements.
- Correct malfunctions or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
- Read and interpret technical documentation (e.g., regulations, blueprints, schematics, work orders, data sheets, or manuals).
- Create, maintain, and complete technical documents (e.g., work records, reports, equipment logs, inventories, drawings, and forms).
- Communicate effectively with internal and external customers (e.g., managers, co-workers, customers, technicians, etc.).
- Interact effectively in collaborative groups for common purposes.
- Account for global differences (e.g., culture, standards, measuring systems) in technical applications.
Learning objectives by module
Pathway 1: Mechatronics Technology
- Course 1: Autonomous Robots
- Determine which conditional or control statement to use in developing microcontroller logic.
- Differentiate among three types of position indicators.
- Course 2: Engineering CAD and Drafting
- Differentiate among the types of section views.
- Differentiate between first- and third-angle projection.
- Course 3: Electrical Systems
- Differentiate among voltage, current, and resistance.
- Measure voltage, current, and resistance using a meter.
- Course 4: Industrial Robots
- Describe the purpose and proper usage of the secondary enable switch.
- Understand how to use a pneumatic effector and identify its advantages and disadvantages as compared to a motorized effector.
- Course 5: Introduction to High-Tech Manufacturing
- Analyze the 5S system of lean manufacturing and describe the purpose for each step.
- Determine the proper step to take when handling No Go materials.
- Course 6: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
- Calculate the correct feed rate for a machine given the material, feed per tooth, and number of teeth.
- Calculate the correct speed given the material of a part, the type of tool material, and the diameter of the cutting tool.
- Course 7: Mechanical Systems
- Determine correct key shape, height, width, and length based on shaft diameter.
- Use the tolerance chart to determine the tolerance on the width and depth of a key.
- Course 8: Mechatronics Capstone
- Understand the procedures for changing the back-up battery of a robotic system.
- Use correct procedure to connect a computer to programmable devices.
- Course 9: PLCs 1
- Choose and convert the right data type for Ladder Logic program instructions.
- Create a PLC Ladder Logic program from a narrative description that is converted into relay schematics.
- Course 10: PLCs 2
- Identify the importance and use of subroutines in Ladder Logic programs.
- Identify the steps involved in troubleshooting a PLC for faults.
- Course 11: Pneumatics and Hydraulics
- Calculate the effective area of a pressurized cylinder.
- Calculate the force on the cap of a pressurized cylinder given force and area.
- Course 12: Welding
- Given an application, choose the correct electrode for the job.
- Identify and interpret the several types of lines used in technical drawings.
Course assessments, activities, and outline
PATHWAY 1: Mechatronics Technology
Course 1: Autonomous Robots
Course 2: Engineering CAD and Drafting
Course 3: Electrical Systems
Course 4: Industrial Robots
Course 5: Introduction to High-Tech Manufacturing
Course 6: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
Course 7: Mechanical Systems
Course 8: Mechatronics Capstone
Course 9: PLCs 1
Course 10: PLCs 2
Course 11: Pneumatics and Hydraulics
Course 12: Welding
Other course details
- internet access
- an operating system that supports the latest browser update
- the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
- pop-ups enabled
- cookies enabled
Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.
This course’s system requirements:
- none listed (subject to change)
Included instructor tools
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