Mechatronics I

SCED Code: 13901
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

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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Course Sequences

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.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Automated Manufacturing Technician

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

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