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Mechatronics

Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary, technical field which integrates mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and micro-electronic skills. Mechatronic technicians maintain and often program the high-tech, industrial equipment and machinery in modern manufacturing plants. This program is designed for skilled workers with high-tech manufacturing responsibilities, who have a strong background in electronic and mechanical skills and are interested in advancing their skills. This program is designed to instruct participants in the areas of electrical and mechanical technical repair support. Each course is tailored to meet the individual training needs of local manufacturers which enroll students in this program.

The Mechatronics program consists of three 17-week phases. Each phase is 136 hours of classroom lessons and technical hands-on skill applications. Participants attend one day a week from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm for the duration of the course.

Mechatronics, Phase 1: Industrial Electronics focuses on electronic and electrical theory, principles and applications and students develop familiarity with using a wide variety of electrical measuring equipment.
Prerequisites: Strong background in electronic and mechanical skills in an industrial environment.
Tuition (includes supplies): $4,600

Mechatronics, Phase 2: Industrial Controls and PLCs covers interpreting electrical prints, building, testing and trouble-shooting electronic panels and related practical applications. Real-world electrical prints of machine tools used in manufacturing plants and factories are utilized throughout the course. Students also gain an understanding of the techniques and mathematics behind wire sizing, properly sizing conduit and mathematically creating angles and proper bends in electrical-metallic tubing (EMT).
Prerequisites: Mechatronics, Phase 1 or equivalent skills and experience.

Mechatronics, Phase 3: Advanced Industrial Controls is designed to maximize PLC and machinery trouble-shooting skills. Key areas include advanced PLC applications and controls’ theory using a fully-functional, scaled-down “Factory Automation Simulator.” The system consists of 4 main factory areas: (1) automated warehousing stacking & storage systems; (2) heat treatment & processing system, complete with turn-table & post-process milling station; (3) laser color sorting & batching system; and (4) 3-axis robotic loading/unloading station with a vacuum-end effecter for parts-handling. Students will gain skills on this multiple-PLC-controlled system featuring system-wide (PLC to PLC) Ethernet IP communication. Students will debug these complex systems using PLCs, panel views and laptops. The main learning objective is the theory, implementation and practical, hands-on understanding of PLCs, their associated electrical devices and how they function and interact with the system’s mechanical hardware.
Prerequisite: Phase 2- Industrial Controls & PLCs.

Mechatronics, Phase 1
1. Electronics/Electricity Class Room Training
2. Instrumentation Review and Practical Applications
3. Practical Electrical Theory, Soldering and Electronic Project Build and Test Class
    *Varies depending on student/company needs
 

Approximate Hours
55 hours*
20 hours*
64 hours*
136 hours*

Mechatronics, Phase 2
1. Electrical Print Review, Panel Build/Test and Practical Applications
2. PLC Theory/Fundamentals and PLC Soft Simulator Debugging
3. PLC Practical Application and Troubleshooting Class
    *Varies depending on student/company needs
 

Approximate Hours
40 hours*
40 hours*
60 hours*
136 hours*

   
Mechatronics, Phase 3
1. Introduction to Tag Based PLC programming/Creation and loading of HMI screens
2. Introduction to Industrial Networking of PLC controls, PLC Ethernet IP addressing
     and configuration
3. Practical application & debug class on 2- and 4- station PLC robotic controlled
     factory simulator
    *Varies depending on student/company needs
Approximate Hours
56 hours*
24 hours*

56 hours*

136 hours*

For more information, contact Reid Smalley at 585-343-0055, ext. 6527 or by emailing rjsmalley@genesee.edu.