Automation and Mechatronics

Skilled electronics and robotics technicians are in demand!

With the increase in manufacturing, so has the demand for skilled electronics and robotics technicians. Many of today’s manufacturing processes rely on automation and robotics. Even though this equipment may have reduced manual labor, the human touch is still necessary to make it all work. In Bates’ Automation and Mechatronics program, students learn to install, diagnose, maintain, modify, test, and calibrate electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems used in manufacturing support equipment and production machinery, including industrial robots. If you have a creative mind, like to solve problems and work with computers, then seize the opportunity to be a part of this burgeoning field.

General Information

Career Advisor: Dan Eberle
253-680-7010 | deberle@batestech.edu

Location: Central / Mohler Campus
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Program Length: Seven Quarters

  • National Median Salary$58,350
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings1,300

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

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  • Description:

    6 Quarter AAS

    This degree offers online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. See course descriptions for more information.

    In the Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician program, students learn to install, diagnose, maintain, modify, test, and calibrate electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems used in manufacturing support equipment and production machinery, including precision machine tools (CNC) and industrial robots. The program consists of a certificate of training in Basic Electricity, a one-year Electrical Technician certificate, and a two-year Industrial Technology degree that prepares students for entry into electrical apprenticeships.  The program features equipment and software from industry leaders such as Allen Bradley, Rockwell Automation, FANUC Robotics, Bosch, Siemens, Famic Technologies, and National Instruments. Focus is on the intelligent control of machines and processes using programmable logic controllers (PLCs), embedded controllers, variable frequency drives (VFDs), industrial networks, sensors & transducers, instrumentation and robotics. The electrical curriculum is based on guidelines from the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) for electrical trades. The program also offers in-depth career training for those interested in becoming an electronics technician in the manufacturing, scientific, aerospace, or civilian military industries.

    Program Outcomes:

    1. Identify common mechatronic components, devices, and symbols and verify their operation.

    2. Analyze Direct current and alternating current circuits using various circuit simplification and analysis techniques.

    3. Measure mechatronic parameters using industry-relevant tools and processes.

    4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to a mechatronics work environment.

    5. Develop, troubleshoot and implement digital hardware and programming to solve a problem.

    6. Manage energy delivery and consumption to industry standards of safety, timeliness and accuracy.

    7. Display professional, safe and ethical behavior germane to a manufacturing environment.

    8. Operate/program/repair industrial robots to industry standards of safety, accuracy and timeliness.

    9. Describe current status of robotics technology and new developments.

    10. Construct, troubleshoot and implement digital hardware and programming to solve a problem.

    11. Demonstrate energy delivery and consumption to industry standards of safety, accuracy and timeliness.

    12. Develop effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to a mechatronics work environment.

    13. Describe effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to a mechatronics work environment.

    14. Explain common mechatronic components, devices, and symbols and verify their operation.

    Required Courses

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    TRON110Introduction to Robotics/Automation1
    TRON111Industrial Automation and Mechatronics5
    TRON114Measurement4
    TRON117Introduction to PLC4
    TRON121Digital Electronics5
    TRON124Pneumatics and Hydraulics4
    TRON127Print Reading and Documentation4
    TRON131Career Success Seminar3
    TRON137Mechanical Systems5
    TRON141Sensing our Environment4
    TRON144Critical Thought and App.5
    TRON147Embedded Controllers5
    TRON211Industrial Robotics I5
    TRON214Motors & Control Systems5
    TRON217Introduction to CNC Machining3
    TRON221Shop Floor IT4
    TRON224Industrial Robotics II5
    TRON227Independent Projects5

    General Education Requirements

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    ENGL175Professional Writing5
    ENGL&101English Composition I5
    ENGL&235Technical Writing5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    BIOL&160General Biology5
    Biology175Human Biology with Lab5
    BIOL&241Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
    BIOL&242Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
    BIOL&260Microbiology5
    CMST&102Introduction to Mass Media5
    CMST&152Intercultural Communication5
    CMST&210Interpersonal Communication5
    CMST&220Public Speaking5
    ECON&201Microeconomics5
    NUTR&101Intro to Nutrition5
    BIOL170Medical Terminology2
    CHEM&121General Chemistry5
    CHEM&131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry5
    CMST&230Small Group Communications5
    CMST&240Culture & Diversity in Health Care5
    ECON&201Microeconomics5
    ECON&202Macroeconomics5
    HIST101A History of Science and Technology5
    HREL111Interviewing and Career Success5
    HUM&101Introduction to Humanities5
    PHYS&114Introductory Physics I (Algebra based Physics)5
    PHYS&221Engineering Physics I w/LAB5
    PHYS&222Engineering Physics II w/LAB5
    PHYS&223Engineering Physics III w/LAB5
    POLS&101Introduction to Political Science5
    PSYC&100General Psychology5
    PSYC&200Lifespan Psychology5
    SOC&101Introduction to Sociology5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    MATH172Business Math5
    MATH&141Precalculus I5
    MATH&142Precalculus II5
    MATH&146Statistics5
    MATH&151Calculus5
    MATH&152Calculus II5
    AMATH170Engineering Foundational Mathematics5
    MATH&107Math in Society5
    MATH&153Calculus III5
    MATH171Technical Math5
    MATH173Early Childhood Math5
    MATH174Math for Allied Health5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

  • Description:

    3 quarter Certificate of Competency

    This certificate offers online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. See course descriptions for more information.

    Required Courses

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    TRON117Introduction to PLC4
    TRON124Pneumatics and Hydraulics4
    TRON127Print Reading and Documentation4
    TRON137Mechanical Systems5
    TRON141Sensing our Environment4
    TRON147Embedded Controllers5
    TRON211Industrial Robotics I5
    TRON214Motors & Control Systems5
    TRON221Shop Floor IT4
    TRON224Industrial Robotics II5

    General Education Requirements

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    ENGL175Professional Writing5
    ENGL&101English Composition I5
    ENGL&235Technical Writing5
    ENGL 90College Writing
    ENGL 91Integrated Reading and Writing
    READ89Transitional Reading5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    BIOL&160General Biology5
    Biology175Human Biology with Lab5
    BIOL&241Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
    BIOL&242Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
    BIOL&260Microbiology5
    CMST&102Introduction to Mass Media5
    CMST&152Intercultural Communication5
    CMST&210Interpersonal Communication5
    CMST&220Public Speaking5
    ECON&201Microeconomics5
    NUTR&101Intro to Nutrition5
    BIOL170Medical Terminology2
    CHEM&121General Chemistry5
    CHEM&131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry5
    ECON&202Macroeconomics5
    HIST101A History of Science and Technology5
    HREL111Interviewing and Career Success5
    HUM&101Introduction to Humanities5
    PHYS&114Introductory Physics I (Algebra based Physics)5
    PHYS&221Engineering Physics I w/LAB5
    PHYS&222Engineering Physics II w/LAB5
    PHYS&223Engineering Physics III w/LAB5
    POLS&101Introduction to Political Science5
    PSYC&100General Psychology5
    PSYC&200Lifespan Psychology5
    SOC&101Introduction to Sociology5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    MATH172Business Math5
    MATH&141Precalculus I5
    MATH&142Precalculus II5
    MATH&146Statistics5
    MATH&151Calculus5
    MATH&152Calculus II5
    AMATH170Engineering Foundational Mathematics5
    MATH&107Math in Society5
    MATH&153Calculus III5
    MATH171Technical Math5
    MATH173Early Childhood Math5
    MATH174Math for Allied Health5
    MATH86Pre-Algebra I5
    MATH87Pre-Algebra II5
    MATH92Elementary Algebra5
    MATH98Intermediate Algebra5

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

Associate of Applied Science
Automation and Mechatronics
CIP: 47.0105  EPC: 657 

 In the Automation and Mechatronics program, students learn to install, diagnose, maintain, modify, test, and calibrate electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems used in manufacturing support equipment and production machinery, including precision machine tools (CNC) and industrial robots.  

 The program consists of a certificate of training in Basic Electricity, a one-year Electrical Technician certificate, and a two-year Industrial Technology degree that prepares students for entry into electrical apprenticeships. . The program features equipment and software from industry leaders such as Allen Bradley, Rockwell Automation, FANUC Robotics, Bosch, Siemens, Famic Technologies, and National Instruments. Focus is on the intelligent control of machines and processes using programmable logic controllers (PLCs), embedded controllers; variable frequency drives (VFDs), industrial networks, sensors & transducers, instrumentation and robotics. The electrical curriculum is based on guidelines from the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) for electrical trades. The program also offers in-depth career training for those interested in becoming an electronics technician in the manufacturing, scientific, aerospace, or civilian military industries.  

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Landon Johnson

    253-680-7340 | Email

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