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2021-2022 Applied Technology Pathway
Applied Technology guided pathway at RCC

Mechatronics: Maintenance Technician

Career Pathways Certificate

Please note: Effective July 2022, this program will be suspended. If you are currently enrolled in the program, please contact your advisor.

About the Program

Today’s manufacturing industry uses robots and other advanced fabrication and assembly equipment to produce a wide variety of products. All of these systems rely on digital controls including programmable logic controllers. Mechatronics technicians calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair both the manufacturing equipment and the controllers. Mechatronic technicians in southern Oregon are needed by manufacturers in the food processing, wood products, and metal fabrication industries.

The Mechatronics Specialist Career Pathways two-term certificate program is designed to recognize students’ accomplishments in manufacturing, welding, and/or electronics, and prepare them for entry-level work experiences in the mechatronics field. Students begin with applied mathematics, industrial safety and tool use, and can then select from electronics, mechanical technology, welding, and other electives to complete the pathways certificate. Credits from this certificate will transfer to the one-year Mechatronics Specialist Certificate and/or the Mechatronics Associate of Applied Science degree.

Foundational skills in math, technical writing, safety, workplace survival, and workplace expectations are combined with welding, hydraulics, and other applied courses. Most of the courses in the program are hands-on, open-lab courses supported by online instruction providing students exceptional flexibility when working around family, employment, or other commitments.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for mechatronics programs are:

Demonstrate proper use of industry standard tools and safety procedures.

Install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechatronic systems using industry-standard tools, practices and procedures.

Demonstrate skills and ability to design and troubleshoot mechanical automation systems processes and procedures.

Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.

Practice energy efficiency and industrial sustainability.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and with the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Students must complete coursework in their major at a “C” or better level before proceeding to advanced coursework. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Completion Requirements

Students are required to complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.



Program Map

Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments


Approved Computer Information Science or
Computer Science class, CIS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years




Mechanical Fabrication





Applied Algebra I





College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or                            
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score



WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

Total Prerequisite Credits




Approved Program Electives

(choose a minimum of 12 credits from list)

Course No. Course Title Credits


Industrial Safety



Pneumatics I



Hydraulics I



Mechanical Drives I



Electric Motor Control



Blueprint Reading – Mechanical



Technology of Industrial Welding or
WLD101 Welding Fundamentals I and
WLD102 Welding Fundamentals II


For more information, contact the Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department.

Manufacturing/Engineering Technology Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711