Students will learn about mechatronic systems in this introductory course. These systems are comprised of mechanical, electrical, and software systems, and typically include sensors feeding data to a computer/controller, which determines how to energize a motor/actuator. Mechatronic systems form the foundation of robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing (such as three-dimensional [3D] printing). The rapidly evolving area of mechatronics offers a variety of career options across many technological fields. Career options may include mechatronics technician and/or engineer, mechanical technician and/or engineer, electrical technician/engineer, process-control technician and/or engineer, instrumentation technician and/or engineer, machine operators, and maintenance technicians. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.
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A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.
Industry Credentials (Only apply to 36-week courses)
- College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+)
- Festo NC3 Introduction to Mechatronics STEM Lab Certification
- Festo NC3 Level 1: Fundamentals Certifications
- Manufacturing Specialist Certification Examination
- Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) Certification Examination
- Manufacturing Technology Assessment
- Mechatronics Systems Certification Examinations
- Mechatronics Level 1 Assessment
- National Career Readiness Certificate Assessment
- Pre-Manufacturing Technician 1 (Pre-MT1) Examination
- Robotics Certification Examination
- Smart Automation Associate Certifications
- Smart Automation Associate Examinations: Certified Industry 4.0 Associate–Advanced Operations
- Smart Automation Associate Examinations: Certified Industry 4.0 Associate–Basic Operations
- Smart Automation Associate Examinations: Certified Industry 4.0 Associate–Robot System Operations
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination
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