Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Instructors Alan Blackburn | Chuck Stricker CIP Code 15.0403 | West Campus
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CAREER PATHWAY
The MECHATRONICS program is offered through the Technical Academy for high-achieving students. The Technical Academy is a partnership between BCTC and Reading Area Community College.
The Technical Academy provides 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 26 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 post-secondary technical courses. Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanics, electronic and electrical engineering, controls, computer science, and systems design to create useful products. Examples of mechatronic systems include robots, automated equipment used in manufacturing, remote controlled systems, and many other applications. In the aforementioned systems, software has become an integral part of the operation and control of the product itself. The control is considered an integral “machine element” necessary for proper function and operation.
THE TECHNICAL ACADEMY PROVIDES:
• In the first and second year, Mechatronics students may complete four college courses at BCTC, earning up to 14 college credits tuition free!
• In the third year of the program, students may take an additional three 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) will be the responsibility of the student/ parent *Costs may be subsidized by BCTC depending on state, federal, and alternative funding sources.
• All credits earned will appear as completed courses on a college transcript establishing the transferability of these courses.
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COURSE OF STUDY WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL
MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DEGREE
The following courses are part of RACC’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology program of study.
MET 101 Introduction to Shop Machinery - 3 credits at BCTC
MET 120 Industrial Mechanics I - 5 credits at BCTC
MET130 Industrial Electrical Systems - 4 credits at BCTC
ET 140A Introduction to PLCs – Part 1 - 2 credits at BCTC
MET 140B Introduction to PLCs – Part 2 - 2 credits at RACC
MET150 Industrial Mechanics II - 6 credits at RACC
MET160 Rotating Electrical Machines - 4 credits at RACC
Total Credit Hours Available for HS Students - 26 credits
After completion of the eight courses, students shall earn the AMIST Level 1 and Level 2 industry certifications.
College Advanced Credits:
Reading Area Community College: Up to 26 credits toward an AAS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Penn State Berks (upon earning AAS): 56 credits toward a BS in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Purdue Calumet (upon earning AAS): 65 credits toward a BS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
California State University of PA (upon earning AAS): 75 credits toward a BS in Industrial Technology
* Please talk to your school counselor about specific financial responsibility for Technical Academy courses. Let your counselor know if there is a question of financial hardship.
There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.
Program Entrance Recommendations:
ο Students must be in Grades 10 or 11 to begin a program in the Technical Academy.
o 3.0 overall GPA*
o Math Proficiency
o Reading Proficiency
o To remain in the program, students must complete a college prep academic sequence throughout high school.
ο A signed Letter of Understanding to attend RACC to earn an associate degree.
o Students transitioning to RACC afte graduation and completion of the Technical Academy courses will be required to complete RACC’s placement assessment.
* With special permission a student may be accepted on a provisional basis with a 2.5 GPA or higher.