Program Overview

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Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics


Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division, Room T302, (847) 543-2044

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/arm
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
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The automation, robotics, and mechatronics field combines mechanics, electronics and computer technologies to create “smart” products that improve lives in countless ways. Mechatronics technicians help design, install, maintain and repair industrial equipment and a wide variety of appliances used in businesses and at home. These range from personal and industrial robots to artificial limbs, automatic teller machines (ATMs) and hybrid cars—just to name a few. A holder of an associate degree in Mechatronics can manage, investigate, repair and troubleshoot mechatronic and process control systems along with optimizing systems for efficiency and cost effectiveness. A mechatronics technician can work in workshops, design labs, production facilities, and in field service locations. Graduates of this program are hired in various settings as Mechatronics Technicians, Robotics Technicians, Electro-mechanical Technicians, Automation Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Technicians and Mechanical Engineering Technicians. Job skills include, but are not limited to: assembling and installing mechatronic tools and hardware systems; installing, implementing and modifying software tools used in mechatronics systems; using troubleshooting skills to identify, foresee, and prevent possible problems with a system; programming mechatronic modules and systems, especially Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); implementing PLC networks, including configuration and data transfer using bus systems; applying knowledge of process control technology to automated systems; and managing and influencing cost control and process efficiency procedures for automated systems.

To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements.

Recommended Plan of Study


First Semester

15 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

Fundamentals of High Tech Manufacturing I and

course

Fundamentals of High Tech Manufacturing II and

course

Fundamentals of High Tech Manufacturing III

3

course

Mechatronics Graphics I and

course

Mechatronics Graphics II and

course

Mechatronics Graphics III

3

course

Mechanical Systems I and

course

Mechanical Systems II and

course

Mechanical Systems III

3

course

Electrical Systems I and

course

Electrical Systems II and

course

Electrical Systems III

3

course

Automation I and

course

Automation II and

course

Automation III

3

Second Semester

16-18 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Robot Design and Construction I and

course

Robot Design and Construction I and

course

Robot Design and Construction III

3

course

STEM Workplace Professional Skills

1

course

Automation IV and

course

Automation V and

course

Automation VI

3

course

Pneumatics and Hydraulics I and

course

Pneumatics and Hydraulics II and

course

Pneumatics and Hydraulics III

3

course

Capstone I

1

course

Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems Capstone

1

course

Complete Systems Integration

1

course

Technical Mathematics I or

course

Trigonometry or

course

Precalculus or

course

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3-5

Third Semester

12 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Fundamentals of Speech       

3

course

English Composition I

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences IAI Approved General Education Elective

3

Humanities and Fine Arts IAI Approved General Education Elective

3

Fourth Semester

12 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Reverse Engineering of Mechanical Systems

3

course

Advanced Motor Control

3

course

Programmable Automation Technologies or

course

Mechatronics Control Applications

3

course

Automation Pyramid or            

course

Special Topics: Mechanical Engineering Technologies

3

Fifth Semester

6 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Manufacturing Process Design

3

course

Process Control Technologies

3

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

61-63

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact faculty member Margie Porter at (847) 543-2904 or the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division at (847) 543-2044.