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Mechatronics Technology
Mechatronics is a NEW and exciting interdisciplinary field dealing with the integration of mechanical and electronic components which require computer control.
Mechatronics is centered on the disciplines of mechanics, electronics, controls and computers which combined, make possible the generation of simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile commercial and industrial products. The combination of words "Mechatronics" was first coined by Mr. Tetsuro Mori, a senior engineer of the Japanese company Yaskawa, in 1969.

Industrial applications are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary requiring engineers and technicians to develop skills in a variety of disciplines including mechanics, electronics, computer science, and automation.

Many existing jobs categories currently or will soon require Mechatronics skills and problem solving abilities. Mechatronics courses combine various disciplines to teach students a holistic approach to developing solutions for engineering applications.
Mechatronics technicians are employed in the following sub-industries: Electrical equipment & appliances, electrical power plant & power distribution, computers & electronics products, chemicals, food & beverage, furniture, machinery, plastics & rubber, printing, textile, apparel & leather, wood & paper, primary & fabricated metals, petroleum, and transportation.

There is a high demand for bilingual engineers and technicians with Mechatronics knowledge and experience in companies in the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding regions including Austin, Dallas, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and in industrial “Maquiladoras” on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
CETT1303  DC Circuits † * 24963
MATH1314  College Algebra † * 30483
RBTC1305  Robotic Fundamentals24963
Total Hours782409
Semester 2
CETT1305  AC Circuits † * 24963
CETT1325  Digital Fundamentals24963
INMT1317  Industrial Automation24963
CHEM1311  General Chemistry I † * 30483
CHEM1111  General Chemistry Lab I † * 03481
Total Hours91538413
Semester 3
ELMT1301  Programmable Logic Controllers24963
ELMT1305  Basic Fluid Power24963
ELMT2333  Industrial Electronics24963
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
Total Hours91233612
Semester 4
ELMT2339  Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers24963
INTC1341  Principles of Automatic Control24963
MCHN1338  Basic Machine Shop I161123
  Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective † 30483
Total Hours81435212
Semester 5
EECT1307  Convergence Technologies24963
FCEL1305  Introduction to Fuel Cell & Alternative/Renewable Energy24963
  Speech Elective † 30483
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective † 30483
Total Hours10828812
Semester 6
ELPT2231  AC/DC Drives14802
INMT1319  Manufacturing Processes24963
QCTC1303  Quality Control24963
Total Hours71636811
Grand Totals5073196869
° This course has been designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience
* CETT 1303 or IEIR 1302
* MATH 1314 or MATH 2312
* CETT 1305 or IEIR 1304
* PHYS 1401 or CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111


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