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Mechatronics Program Details

About the Program

Today's manufacturing industry uses robots and other advanced fabrication and assembly equipment to produce a wide variety of products. All of these systems rely on digital controls including programmable logic controllers. Mechatronics technicians calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair both the equipment and the controllers. Mechatronic technicians in southern Oregon are needed by manufacturers in the food processing, wood products, and metal fabrication industries. Typical positions include industrial engineering technician and manufacturing maintenance technician. The program can also provide preparation for apprenticeship programs leading to a variety of licensed journey positions.

The Mechatronics degree program trains students to be proficient in troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment and the digital systems that control them. It prepares students for positions in the highly technical manufacturing environment installing, troubleshooting, programming, and maintaining a variety of types of production equipment. Today’s manufacturing environment uses an extensive array of programmable controls, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), as well as other single function controls using firmware and analog applications. Students learn foundational skills in math, fabrication, and repair as well as hydraulics, electronics, troubleshooting and programming, preparing students for numerous positions in a wide variety of manufacturing facilities. Elective options allow students to focus on either a mechanical or electronics emphasis.

Most of the courses in the program are hands-on, open-lab courses supported by online instruction providing students exceptional flexibility when scheduling around family, employment, or other commitments.

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see www.roguecc.edu/Programs/LearningOutcomes.


Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. Students must also complete any prerequisites on this guide. As part of their training program, students must begin with courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.