Engineering Technology Cluster
Mechatronics Engineering Technology
This program is also part of the Engineering Technology Career Pathway.
Instructor: Selected Staff | West Campus
The Mechatronics program is offered through the Technical Academy for high achieving students. The Technical Academy is a partnership between the Berks Career & Technology Center, Reading Area Community College, and Bloomsburg University.
The Technical Academy provides college-bound students with the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills and earn college credit toward an associate and/or bachelor’s degree while still in high school. Students with high academic achievement may qualify for this program and earn up to 29 college credits while still in high school.
The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program is designed as a pre-engineering program with a planned sequence of secondary and postsecondary technical courses. Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanics, controls, electronic and electrical engineering, computer science, and systems design to create useful products. Examples of mechatronic systems include robots, digitally controlled combustion engines, machine tools with self-adaptive tools, contact-free magnetic bearings, and automated guided vehicles. In such systems, software has become an integral part of the product itself, an actual "machine element" necessary for proper function and operation.
Another Step to Your Success!
Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree on the RACC Campus
Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership
- Earn a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University by taking classes at the RACC campus at a fraction of the cost of other 4-year degree programs.
- BCTC & RMCTC Technical Academy students may dual enroll during their sophomore, junior & senior years, complete an Associate degree at RACC, then transfer seamlessly into Bloomsburg University’s Technical Leadership B.A.S degree program with guaranteed admission as a college junior.
THE TECHNICAL ACADEMY PROVIDES:
• In the 1st and 2nd year, Mechatronics students may complete 5 college courses at BCTC, earning up to 17 college credits tuition! Students will be expected to purchase textbooks and all other course materials.
• In the 3rd year of the program, students may take an additional 3 courses on the RACC Campus, earning up to an additional 12 college credits while in high school. Tuition for the final courses taken on the RACC Campus (while students are still in high school) may be subsidized by BCTC and is dependent on state and federal funding.
• All credits earned will appear as completed courses on a college transcript establishing the transferability of these courses.
- Students must be in Grades 10 or 11 to begin a program in the Technical Academy.
- 3.0 overall GPA *
- Math Proficiency
- Reading Proficiency
- To remain in the program,students must complete a college prep academic sequence
throughout high school.
- Signed Letter of Understanding to attend RACC to earn an associate degree. Students transitioning to RACC after graduation and completion of the Technical Academy
courses will be required to complete RACC's placement assessment. SAT, ACT, and AP scores may be evaluated to determine the need to take RACC's placement assessment.
* With special permission a student may be accepted on a provisional basis with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
COURSE OF STUDY WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL TO EARN CREDITS TOWARDS A:
Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree
(BCTC's Mechatronics Engineering Technology Students)
The following courses are part of RACC’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology program of study. The courses students may take at RACC in the 12th grade are indicated with an asterisk (*).
IFT 110 Microcomputer Applications - 3 credits
MET 101 Introduction to Shop Machinery - 3 credits
MET 120 Industrial Mechanics I - 5 credits
MET 130 Industrial Electrical Systems - 4 credits
MET 140A Introduction to PLCs – Part 1 - 2 credits
MET 140B Introduction to PLCs – Part 2 - 2 credits*
MET 150 Industrial Mechanics II - 6 credits*
MET 160 Rotating Electrical Machines - 4 credits*
Total Credit Hours Available for HS Students 29 credits
After completion of the eight courses, students shall earn the AMIST Level 1 and Level 2 industry certifications.
Additional College Advanced Credits:
California State University of PA
Upon earning AAS degree: 75 credits toward a BS in Industrial Technology
Penn State Berks
Upon earning AAS degree: 56 credits toward a BS in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Upon earning AAS degree: 65 credits toward a BS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Reading Area Community College Up to 29 credits toward an AAS degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Please see the Technical Academy Brochure for additional information.
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