West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Mechatronics A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science Degree
NOTE: This program has specific entrance requirements, application, and standards of progress requirements. See the Admissions/Registration and Policies sections for additional information. The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.
Academic Advisor(s): WH -Koon, WT – Koon, NM – Koon

Mechatronics is a program designed to prepare individuals to be electrical and mechanical maintenance technicians for the highly technological, integrated and automated manufacturing facilities of the modern workplace. The program is designed to integrate mechanical, electrical, process and control skills as employers are demanding technicians who are “cross-trained.” Students learn to install, replace, troubleshoot and repair equipment used in manufacturing facilities. All technical courses have an intensive hands-on lab component as students learn skills in electrical systems, motor control, hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, instrumentation, workplace safety, and problem solving and teamwork.

The Steelworker for the Future Program is an option for the program offered in partnership with Arcelor Mittal Steel Corporation -Weirton. In this option, qualified individuals participate in two paid internships with the company during the program. Because of sequencing of the internships, the actual sequence of courses may vary somewhat for individuals associated with this option.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
• Follow conventional industrial safety practices
• Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace electrical systems
• Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace motor control systems
• Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace hydraulic and pneumatic systems
• Troubleshoot, program, install, adjust and replace programmable controller systems
• Read and analyze prints, schematic diagrams, circuit diagrams and ladder diagrams
• Operate effectively in a team setting
• Apply critical thinking, problem analysis, and decision-making skills

Job opportunities for graduates of the program are high as manufacturing facilities are faced with large numbers of baby boomers retiring and the need for highly skilled workers to maintain and operate the automated equipment of the modern manufacturing facility. In addition to opportunities with the steel industry, individuals may work in chemical, power generating, and fabricating industries.

First Year - Fall Semester

Cr. Hours
MEC 101 Intro to Print Reading       3
MEC 102 Intro to Workplace Safety       3
MEC 110 Basic Electricity       3
ENG 101 English Composition I       3
MATH 113 Technical Mathematics       4

 First Year - Spring Semester

Cr. Hours
MEC 120 Motors & Motor Controls        3
MEC 122 Machine Maintenance/Installation I        3
MEC 130 Fluid Power Basics        3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication        3
CIT 117 Microsoft Applications        3

Second Year - Fall Semester

Cr. Hours
MEC 140 Programmable Controllers I          3
PHYS 115 Applied Physics          4
MEC Mechanical/Electrical Restricted Elective          3
MEC Mechanical/Electrical Restricted Elective          3

Second Year - Spring Semester

CourseCr. Hours
MEC 125 Intro to Welding          3
MEC 250 Problem Solving & Teamwork          3
MEC Mechanical/Electrical Restricted Elective          3
MEC Mechanical/Electrical Restricted Elective          3
MEC Mechanical/Electrical Restricted Elective or Internship          1
SS Social Science Elective          3

Total Hours in Program - 60

Awards and Accreditations