Engineering Technology/Mechatronics, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum ENT.MEC.AAS (C249V)

The Engineering Technology curriculum provides the learner with working knowledge of engineering technology, including basic and advanced drafting and design principles using various 2D and 3D Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) systems, integrating lean principles in the design process and knowledge of working with various measurement devices used in determining quality assurance of prototypes and finished goods. While in the program, the learner will be able to seek out entry-level and internship opportunities in engineering departments, plant maintenance, production departments and technical sales and support.

Upon successful completion of the Engineering Technology program, the graduate will be able to:

  • understand the electronic and mechanical parts of an automated system;
  • interpret electrical wiring diagrams and symbols;
  • install, program, and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs);
  • understand and explain the principal operations of the mechatronic subsystems in a complex system;
  • understand and implement safety regulations required for operation of the system;
  • diagnose and resolve equipment problems by utilizing technical assessment skills that include planning, reliability, logical thinking, ability to use drawings, schematics and documentation;
  • differentiate between thermal, mechanical, fluid and electrical power systems in a variety of settings;
  • identify quality improvement methods used in the industry, including developing your own process improvement action plans;
  • develop and roll out a product development plan from knowledge gained in coursework covering the various processes for manufacturing a product.
  • utilize various methods of measuring for the purpose of reverse engineering and quality assurance needs in the design build process;
  • identify and take into account the applied physics principles that come into play in the design-build process of a manufactured product;
  • know their responsibilities as part of a design team and the ethics that should be practiced in this process, appreciating the overall human context in which Engineering Technology activities take place; and
  • have the opportunity to advance in their careers and continue their professional development through four-year transfer programs offered at institutions, such as Illinois State University, Purdue University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University and others with related programs around the country.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

ENT 104Electricity I

3 credits

ENT 110Engineering Design Graphics/CAD

4 credits

ENT 252 #Introduction to Mechanical AutoCAD

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

Program electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Two

ENT 115Fluid Power

3 credits

ENT 204Programmable Logic Controllers I

3 credits

ENT 205Robotics I

4 credits

 

MAT 111 #Pre-Calculus

5 credits

OR

MAT 114 #Plane Trigonometry

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13-15

MAT 114: meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

Semester Three

ENT 202 #Electricity II

4 credits

ENT 260 #Jig & Fixture Design

3 credits

 

RHT 102 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3 credits

OR

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

 

Program electives

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

RHT 101: RHT 102, SPE 101: Students must complete RHT 101◊ with SPE 101◊, or RHT 101◊ with RHT 102◊. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102◊ and SPE 101◊ to meet university requirements.

Semester Four

ENT 206 #Programmable Logic Controllers II

4 credits

ENT 207 #Programmable Logic Controllers II

4 credits

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

OR

HTH 281First Aid & CPR

2 credits

 

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Social or Behavioral Science recommended electives: PSC 150◊ or HIS 151◊.

Humanities recommended electives: PHL 103◊ or PHL 105◊. PHL 105◊ fulfills the Human Diversity requirement for general education.

Total Credit Hours: 61-63

See ENT course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirements.

Program Electives (9): ENT 100, ENT 103◊, ENT 116◊, ENT 117◊, ENT 118◊, ENT 127ENT 255◊, ENT 280◊, ENT 290◊, ENT 291, ENT 295◊, ENT 296

Coordinator: Antigone Sharris, Ext. 3622; email: antigonesharris@triton.edu; Cell Phone: (773) 580-8807