Mechatronics and Robotics

Explore Mechatronics and Robotics at Bay College

Automatic robot assembly line in factory

Why Mechatronics and Robotics?

For many years, industrial control systems were defined as mechanical or electrical. As computers became more prevalent, the line between a pure mechanical and pure electrical systems became blurred.  Almost every mechanical system has electric or computer based controls. The modern industrial worker needs to have a knowledge of each type of system. Even more important, they must know how the interconnections between mechanical, electrical, and computer systems works. The term “mechatronics" is used to describe this broad field.   Mechatronics is present in any automated system, from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to robotic assembly lines.

One basic example of a mechatronics system is the automatic garage door opener. The heart of the system is a mechanical system of gears or pulleys that is driven by an electric motor to open or close the door. Early systems were hardwired to a pushbutton so basically they were simply a mechanical and electrical system. Later, remote wireless controls were added to allow the door to be opened from inside the vehicle. Modern systems are required to have sensors installed that will prevent the door from closing if an object is in the way.  The newest feature to be added is control of the door via a cell phone application that literally allows control of the door from anywhere that you have an internet connection. So the modern garage door opener is a mechatronics system that includes electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies.

Why Bay College?

Students in Bay College’s mechatronics program will learn the basic principles and skills to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair mechatronic systems. Courses taken will cover the fundamentals of robotics, fluid power, basic machine tool operation, electrical motors, motor control systems and programmable logic controllers. Students will also work on models of a multi-stage assembly line, including building to print, configuring the hardware, and programming the operation.

Bay College is also Fanuc certified for robotics courses. Students who complete ELEC 240 Real Time Robotic Systems and ELEC 245 Robotic Vision Systems will receive certification that is accepted as equal to Fanuc’s industry leading robotics training. Eligible students can also complete a co-op or internship in the area of Mechatronics and Robotics Systems to gain real-world experience that can benefit them in future careers.

Certificate and Degree Information
Certificate and Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Mechatronics (Certificate)24.00
Mechatronics and Robotics Systems60.00

Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist
Michigan Tech University Articulation Agreement

The Mechatronics and Robotics Systems Associate Degree is articulated for smooth transfer to the Electronics Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan Technological University. Most of the courses in the Mechatronics degree are accepted for transfer to many Michigan Universities.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
Skills USA

Students who wish to test their skills in competition may choose to participate in the Bay Skills USA chapter. The Bay Skills USA group is for everyone interested in improving skills in their chosen field of study and competing at local, state, and national levels. Bay Skills works under Skills USA, serving teachers and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. For more information regarding Skills USA, please visit www.skillsusa.org.

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Career Opportunities

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Additional Career Information

Some local companies have established programs that use Bay College Mechatronics programs to train their employees. Lake Shore Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures defense and mining equipment that is deployed across the globe. This program will hire early career individuals with the mechanical aptitude, work ethic and communication skills needed to be successful in this role.

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