Automation and Instrumentation, Mechatronics (Technical Certificate)

Award: Technical Certificate
Major: Mechatronics
Emphasis: Automation and Instrumentation
Program Code: 1198

About This Program . . .

The Mechatronics Technician program responds to a new and emerging career that trains technicians with “multi-craft” skills to work on robotic and “intelligent” equipment ranging from ATM machines to multi-million-dollar manufacturing cells. The skills taught include electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Mechatronics technicians will assist the design, development and engineering staff, and install, maintain, modify and repair mechatronic systems, equipment and component parts. The program combines academic training with hands-on activities.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe work habits in performance of tasks. (Applied Learning)
  2. Demonstrate basic electrical/electronic circuit troubleshooting skill sets and repair skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry-level employment. (Critical Thinking)
  3. Demonstrate basic hydraulic, pneumatic, troubleshooting skill sets and repair skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry-level employment. (Critical Thinking)

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or WCCC Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(32 semester hours)

ELCE 150DC Circuit Fundamentals4
ELCE 155AC Circuit Fundamentals4
ELCE 220Industrial Controls4
ELCE 225Introduction to PLCs4
ELCE 229AC/DC Variable Speed Drive2
MAMT 115Introduction to Machine Shop3
MAMT 145Machine Maintenance2
MATH 108Technical Mathematics4
TSTG 120Industrial Safety Practices2
TSTG 150Fluid Power3
Total Semester Credit Hours32
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ELCE 150 DC Circuit Fundamentals 4
ELCE 225 Introduction to PLCs 4
MAMT 115 Introduction to Machine Shop 3
MATH 108 Technical Mathematics 4
TSTG 120 Industrial Safety Practices 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
ELCE 155 AC Circuit Fundamentals 4
ELCE 220 Industrial Controls 4
ELCE 229 AC/DC Variable Speed Drive 2
MAMT 145 Machine Maintenance 2
TSTG 150 Fluid Power 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours32

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.