Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Entry-Level Salary Range: $50,000*mechatronics at acc
(Contingent on economy and geographic location)

Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) covers a broad career field in which mechanical, electrical and computer engineering intersect. Students receive extensive hands-on experience with an automated state of the art 9-station mechanical/electrical training system with pneumatics, hydraulics, sensors, conveyer systems, and robotic arms.

The ideal student has:

  • An ability to think both creatively and analytically
  • Natural aptitude in areas such as math and physics
  • General interest in mechanical device systems
  • A desire to work with his or her hands

Our curriculum prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and testing automated, servomechanical, and other electromechanical systems.

Coursework includes instruction in:

  • Industrial robotics
  • Prototype testing
  • Manufacturing
  • Operational testing
  • Systems analysis
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Physics and mechanics
  • Automated systems
  • Computer-aided drawing
  • Instrumentation

Graduates will be qualified for employment in industrial maintenance and manufacturing including assembly, testing, startup, troubleshooting, repair, process improvement, and control systems.

What kind of degrees can you earn?

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree (69-70 total credit hours)
  • Diploma
    • MET (36 total credit hours)
  • Certificates
    • MET (12 total credit hours)
    • MET/PLC Controls (16 total credit hours)

Mechatronics Engineering Technology is ideal for:

  • Degree and Certificate-seeking students
  • Career Accelerator Program (CAP), a high school-to-workforce pipeline and apprenticeship initiative
  • Incumbent worker training for local employers

Career opportunities:

Mechatronics Engineering Technology targets specific job opportunities in new and expanding advanced manufacturing facilities. A 2015 survey of manufacturing businesses in Alamance County indicated a projection to fill 200 mechatronics positions in the next 3 to 5 years.

Why choose ACC for your mechatronics engineering education?

Learn More and Apply
Interested in learning more about where training in mechatronics engineering can take you? Speak with our career counselors Karen Hughes at 336-506-4354. We look forward to discussing the many opportunities available.

 

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*National STEM Consortium

print Mechatronics Engineering Technology • Semester by Semester

Course
Number
Course
Title
contact
hours
Credit
hours
ACA-111 College Student Success 1 1
ACA-111   College Student Success PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

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CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 0 3
CIS-110   Introduction to Computers PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

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ELC-112 DC/AC Electricity 9 5
ELC-112   DC/AC Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of and computations related to DC/AC electricity. Emphasis is placed on DC/AC circuits, components, operation of test equipment; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, verify, and analyze simple DC/AC circuits.

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ELC-128 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller 5 3
ELC-128   Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the programmable logic controller (PLC) and its associated applications. Topics include ladder logic diagrams, input/output modules, power supplies, surge protection, selection/installation of controllers, and interfacing of controllers with equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic PLC systems and create simple programs.

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ENG-115 Oral Communication 3 3
ENG-115   Oral Communication PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-096

This course introduces the basic principles of oral communication in both small group and public settings. Emphasis is placed on the components of the communication process, group decision-making, and public address. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles of effective oral communication in small group and public settings.

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Semester Total 18 15
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Course
Title
contact
hours
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hours
ELC-228 Programmable Logic Controllers Applications 8 4
ELC-228   Programmable Logic Controllers Applications PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • ELC-128

This course covers programming and applications of programmable logic controllers. Emphasis is placed on programming techniques, networking, specialty I/O modules, and system troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to specify, implement, and maintain complex PLC controlled systems.

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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3
HYD-110 Hydraulics/Pneumatics I 5 3
HYD-110   Hydraulics/Pneumatics I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic components and functions of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Topics include standard symbols, pumps, control valves, control assemblies, actuators, FRL, maintenance procedures, and switching and control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the operation of a fluid power system, including design, application, and troubleshooting.

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Choose one from the following:
MEC-130 Mechanisms 4 3
MEC-130   Mechanisms PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the purpose and action of various mechanical devices. Topics include cams, cables, gear trains, differentials, screws, belts, pulleys, shafts, levers, lubricants, and other devices. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, maintain, and troubleshoot the components of mechanical systems.

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Semester Total 20 13
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Course
Title
contact
hours
Credit
hours
ELC-117 Motors and Controls 8 4
ELC-117   Motors and Controls PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of motors and motor controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, pilot devices, contactors, motor starters, motors, and other control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, connect, and troubleshoot motors and control circuits.

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PHY-131 Physics-Mechanics 0 4
PHY-131   Physics-Mechanics PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One: MAT-121 or MAT-171

This algebra/trigonometry-based course introduces fundamental physical concepts as applied to engineering technology fields. Topics include systems of units, problem-solving methods, graphical analysis, vectors, motion, forces, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, power, momentum, and properties of matter. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles studied to applications in engineering technology fields.

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Semester Total 8 8
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Course
Title
contact
hours
Credit
hours
ATR-112 Introduction to Automation 0 3
ATR-112   Introduction to Automation PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic principles of automated systems and describes the tasks that technicians perform on the job. Topics include the history, development, and current applications of robots and automated systems including their configuration, operation, components, and controls. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the basic concepts of automation and robotic systems.

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DFT-151 CAD I 5 3
DFT-151   CAD I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces CAD software as a drawing tool. Topics include drawing, editing, file management, and plotting. Upon completion, students should be able to produce and plot a CAD drawing.

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ENG-110 Freshman Composition 3 3
ENG-110   Freshman Composition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take All: DRE-097

This course is designed to develop informative and business writing skills. Emphasis is placed on logical organization of writing, including effective introductions and conclusions, precise use of grammar, and appropriate selection and use of sources. Upon completion, students should be able to produce clear, concise, well-organized short papers.

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ISC-112 Industrial Safety 2 2
ISC-112   Industrial Safety PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.

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MNT-250 PLC Interfacing 6 4
MNT-250   PLC Interfacing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • ELC-128

This course introduces touch screens, PLC interface devices, and PID loops for applications such as motion control, encoders, and stepping motors. Topics include LVDT control, touch screens, PID controls, and motion controls. Upon completion, students should be able to safely install, program, and maintain touch screens and other interface devices.

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Semester Total 16 15
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Course
Title
contact
hours
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ATR-215 Sensors and Transducers 0 3
ATR-215   Sensors and Transducers PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides the theory and application of sensors typically found in an automated manufacturing system. Topics include physical properties, operating range, and other characteristics of numerous sensors and transducers used to detect temperature, pressure, position, and other desired physical parameters. Upon completion, students should be able to properly interface a sensor to a PLC, PC, or process control system.

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ATR-212 Industrial Robots 5 3
ATR-212   Industrial Robots PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the operation of industrial robots. Topics include the classification of robots, activators, grippers, work envelopes, computer interfaces, overlapping work envelopes, installation, and programming. Upon completion, students should be able to install, program, and troubleshoot industrial robots.

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ELC-213 Instrumentation 0 4
ELC-213   Instrumentation PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the fundamentals of instrumentation used in industry. Emphasis is placed on electric, electronic, and other instruments. Upon completion, students should be able to install, maintain, and calibrate instrumentation.

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Choose one of the following:
EGR-285   Design Project PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • ELC-128

This course provides the opportunity to design an instructor-approved project using previously acquired skills. Emphasis is placed on selection, proposal, design, testing, and documentation of the approved project. Upon completion, students should be able to present and demonstrate projects.

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EGR-285 Design Project 4 2
WBL-111   Work-Based Learning I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a work-based learning experience with a college-approved employer in an area related to the student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.

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WBL-111 Work-Based Learning I 10 1
WBL-115   Work-Based Learning Seminar I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course description may be written by the individual colleges.

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WBL-115 Work-Based Learning Seminar I 1 1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 8-18 13-15
TOTAL CREDITS 64-66

printMechatronics Basic Certificate

Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
ACA-111 College Student Success 1 1
ACA-111   College Student Success PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

Register for this class
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 0 3
CIS-110   Introduction to Computers PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Register for this class
ELC-112 DC/AC Electricity 9 5
ELC-112   DC/AC Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of and computations related to DC/AC electricity. Emphasis is placed on DC/AC circuits, components, operation of test equipment; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, verify, and analyze simple DC/AC circuits.

Register for this class
ELC-128 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller 5 3
ELC-128   Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the programmable logic controller (PLC) and its associated applications. Topics include ladder logic diagrams, input/output modules, power supplies, surge protection, selection/installation of controllers, and interfacing of controllers with equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic PLC systems and create simple programs.

Register for this class
Semester Total 15 12

printMechatronics CCP Pathway

Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 4 3
CIS-110   Introduction to Computers PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Register for this class
ELC-112 DC/AC Electricity 9 5
ELC-112   DC/AC Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of and computations related to DC/AC electricity. Emphasis is placed on DC/AC circuits, components, operation of test equipment; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, verify, and analyze simple DC/AC circuits.

Register for this class
ELC-128 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller 5 3
ELC-128   Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the programmable logic controller (PLC) and its associated applications. Topics include ladder logic diagrams, input/output modules, power supplies, surge protection, selection/installation of controllers, and interfacing of controllers with equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic PLC systems and create simple programs.

Register for this class
ISC-112 Industrial Safety 2 2
ISC-112   Industrial Safety PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.

Register for this class
WBL-111 Work-Based Learning I 10 1
WBL-111   Work-Based Learning I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a work-based learning experience with a college-approved employer in an area related to the student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.

Register for this class
WBL-115 Work-Based Learning Seminar I 1 1
WBL-115   Work-Based Learning Seminar I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course description may be written by the individual colleges.

Register for this class
Semester Total 31 15

College Student Success

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2019FA ACA-111-04E OCLS
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2019FA ACA-111-AU05W CLASS
Crabtree, William
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2019FA ACA-111-CU9W CLASS
Wanless, Todd
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2019FA ACA-111-HO42W CLASS
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SHOP 00015

2019FA ACA-111-HV07W CLASS
Pagura, Bently
F at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

T T120

2019FA ACA-111-MET8W CLASS
Sondles, Richard
W at 12:45 PM - 1:40 PM

T T125

Introduction to Automation

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA ATR-112-01 CLASS
LAB
McCormick, James
T at 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

TH at 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

T T130

T T130

2019FA ATR-112-02N CLASS
LAB
T at 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

TH at 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Introduction to Computers

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2019FA CIS-110-01E OCLS
OLAB
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2019FA CIS-110-02E OCLS
OLAB
Jones, Blain
Online Online DSED ONLNE

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2019FA CIS-110-03E OCLS
OLAB
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2019FA CIS-110-04E OCLS
OLAB
Spratling, Renard
Online Online DSED ONLNE

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2019FA CIS-110-06H CLASS
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Spratling, Renard
M,W at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

F at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

Online
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2019FA CIS-110-08H CLASS
LAB
Jones, Blain
T at 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

TH at 8:00 AM - 8:25 AM

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Online
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MAIN 00386

MAIN 00386

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2019FA CIS-110-10H CLASS
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Spratling, Renard
T at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

TH at 11:15 AM - 11:40 AM

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Online
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2019FA CIS-110-12H CLASS
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2019FA CIS-110-99 CLASS
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Spratling, Renard
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2019FA DFT-151-01 CLASS
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Bussell, Jody
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T,TH at 9:05 AM - 10:40 AM

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A A218

2019FA DFT-151-02 CLASS
LAB
Bussell, Jody
M,W at 12:40 PM - 1:35 PM

M,W at 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

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2019FA DFT-151-03N CLASS
LAB
T,TH at 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM

T,TH at 7:35 PM - 9:05 PM

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Design Project

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA EGR-285-01I LAB
Roberts, Roland
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DC/AC Electricity

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2019FA ELC-112-01 CLASS
LAB
Roberts, Roland
M at 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

W at 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

T T130

T T130

2019FA ELC-112-02 CLASS
LAB
Roberts, Roland
T at 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

TH at 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

T T130

T T130

2019FA ELC-112-03N CLASS
LAB
Sondles, Richard
M at 5:55 PM - 10:30 PM

W at 5:55 PM - 10:30 PM

T T130

T T121

Motors and Controls

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA ELC-117-01 CLASS
LAB
Crawford, Mitchell
McCormick, James
F at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

F at 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM

F at 1:25 PM - 5:00 PM

T T130

T T130

T T130

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA ELC-128-01 CLASS
LAB
Sondles, Richard
M at 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

W at 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

T T121

T T121

2019FA ELC-128-02N CLASS
LAB
M at 5:55 PM - 8:30 PM

W at 5:55 PM - 8:30 PM

T T121

T T121

2019FA ELC-128-03 CLASS
LAB
Sondles, Richard
T at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TH at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

T T121

T T121

Freshman Composition

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA ENG-110-01W CLASS
Walker, Ivona
T,TH at 12:45 PM - 2:05 PM

MAIN 00201

2019FA ENG-110-02E OCLS
Muniz, Holly
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Oral Communication

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2019FA ENG-115-01W CLASS
Sargent, David
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2019FA ENG-115-02W CLASS
Chase, Andrea
T,TH at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

G G234

2019FA ENG-115-03W CLASS
Williams, Elizabeth
T,TH at 12:45 PM - 2:05 PM

G G234

2019FA ENG-115-04W CLASS
Otero, Cassandra
T at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

B B214

Industrial Safety

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA ISC-112-01 CLASS
House, Clifford
T at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

T T130

PLC Interfacing

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2019FA MNT-250-01 CLASS
LAB
McCormick, James
T at 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TH at 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

T T121

T T121

2019FA MNT-250-02 CLASS
LAB
McCormick, James
F at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Work-Based Learning I

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Free, Jerilyn
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Work-Based Learning Seminar I

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2019FA WBL-115-41E OCLS
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2019FA WBL-115-CU1 CLASS
Wanless, Todd
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Your career opportunities may include, but not be limited to:

  • Mechatronics Engineer/Technician
  • Automation Engineer/Technician
  • Control Process Technician
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineer/Technician
  • Robotic Engineer/Technician
  • Robotic Operator
  • Software Engineer/Technician in Automation
  • Software Engineer/Technician in Robotic Equipment

Industrial Systems Technology Faculty

Name Email Phone
Roberts, Roland Email Roland Roberts 336-506-4291
Sondles, Richard Email Richard Sondles email only