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Mechatronics Certificate

Mechatronics Certificate at Harper College

Equip yourself with tools for a 21st century career

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  • Credit hours: 24
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Electrical technician, electrician, maintenance technician

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin a successful career in industrial electronics, facilities maintenance and other technology maintenance fields with this 24-credit-hour certificate program in mechatronics. Focusing on equipment operation, application, installation and servicing, the program ensures that you’ll be well-prepared to seek entry-level employment after graduation in positions such as electrical technician, electrician and facilities/plant maintenance technician.

Take classes including introductory electronics, introductory industrial electronics maintenance, programmable logic controllers, electrical wiring, industrial control systems, variable frequency drives, radio frequency ID systems, industrial motor controls and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are experts in the mechatronics field.

Credit earned for this program can be applied to the Electronics Engineering Technology AAS Degree.

Certificate program requirements

This 24 credit-hour certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of industrial electronics and facilities maintenance, and other related technology maintenance areas. The curriculum is tailored to provide advanced-level career training in the least amount of time. Emphasis is placed on equipment operation, application, installation and servicing. Courses specific to instruction include: basic electricity and electronics, commercial wiring and codes, and industrial control systems as they pertain to robotics or automated systems. Topics within these courses involve practical electrical concepts and measurements, basic industrial maintenance, fluid power, AC and DC motors, variable frequency drives, optics and sensors, and programmable logic controllers.

Students completing this program may find employment as electrical technicians, electricians, and facilities or plant maintenance technicians and supervisors.

Students may also continue their education by pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students considering this option are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator and their Student Development Faculty Counselor/Advisor prior to beginning the program, and also when planning their schedule each semester.


Number Course Title Credits
ELT 110 4

Description: Introduces fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Covers basic electrical laws and principles. Presents electrical quantities, units, symbols and notation. Examines foundational electronic materials and components. Presents elementary DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) network analysis, key semiconductor devices, and simple analog and digital circuits. Also covers electrical safety considerations, laboratory instrumentation and test and measurement techniques.

ELT 120 2

Description: Introduces students to the fundamentals of industrial electronics maintenance. Provides an overview of the various technologies encountered in the field as they relate to industrial electronic control of buildings and facilities. This includes basic electrical and electromechanical components and machinery, motors and controls, electrical and electronic interfaces, and electronic controllers. Also covers fluid power and piping systems. Emphasis is placed on safety, installation and preventative maintenance. Use of tools, test instrumentation and the importance of record keeping will be discussed.

ELT 135 2

Description: Investigates sensor operation and application for a variety of functions: tactile, photo, fiber-optic, magnetic, thermal, sonic, pressure and vision systems.

ELT 140 2

Description: Examines the procedures and mechanisms by which programmable logic controller functions are used. Programming in ladder logic and controller code focuses on the direct application of a variety of input and output devices. Hardware, programming, peripherals and accessories are emphasized.

ELT 143 2

Description: Introduces students to advanced wiring topics as they relate to the commercial electrical service. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with commercial alternating current (AC) power are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of low voltage control systems and single and three-phase AC power equipment and systems. Select portions of the National Electric Code are studied.

ELT 144 2

Description: Introduces students to fractional horsepower motors for residential and commercial applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with motors and motor controls are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of direct current (DC) motors and controls, and single three-phase alternating current (AC) motors and controls.

ELT 145 2

Description: Introduces students to variable frequency drives (VFDs) as they pertain to residential and commercial motor control applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, test and measurement equipment use associated with VFDs and typical applications are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of VFDs.

ELT 215 4

Description: Introduces students to industrial control systems. Covers fluid power fundamentals, and pneumatic and hydraulic circuit theory. Examines the integration of optics, sensors, and various electronic control systems including programmable logic controller (PLC) and personal computer (PC) controllers. Infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, and laser systems are also examined. Introduces the application and control of automated robotic systems. The course culminates with a capstone team project involving the development, design, construction, presentation and ultimate demonstration of a fully operational automated industrial control system.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ELT 240 4

Description: Emphasizes advanced programmable logic controller (PLC) applications and system integration. An overview of PLCs coupled with safety and industry-best practices are discussed. Sensors, PLC ladder logic and PLC functionality are reviewed and the Human Machine Interface (HMI) is examined. Applications involving pneumatic and servo controlled robotics, 2 and 3 dimensional (2D and 3D) vision systems, and industrial and home automation are explored. Lastly, advanced PLC communications protocol, wireless interface/system considerations and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity are covered.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

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Next steps

For more information about electronics engineering technology, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.