• West Hills Center Programs

    Classes for this program are held at the West Hills Center and the Energy Innovation Center, the North Campus,
    affiliated Centers, 1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071 and 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

  • Mechatronics Technology (722.2)
    Associate of Science


    Also see Mechatronics Technology certificate

     The Mechatronics Technology program provides skills and knowledge in three major areas: mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering and control systems. This technology training is relevant to several industries including the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry, energy, manufacturing and supply chain and logistics. Students who pursue this degree will benefit from a technical core set of courses that combine industry-recognized certification and quality college education. Students may specialize in (A) Robotics and Automation, (B) Instrumentation and Process Controls or (C) Supply Chain Technology. Specialization will be directed in the restricted electives that students choose.

    Typical job titles will vary depending upon specialization; these include: production, planning and expediting clerks, maintenance and repair workers, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers, instrumentation technicians, robotics technicians, automation engineer technicians, electro-mechanical technicians, process technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, field automation technicians and supply chain technicians.

    This associate’s degree program may provide students with opportunities to pursue supervisory positions in the above fields.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Install and operate instrumentation and process control devices across the spectrum of industries. 
    2. Use quality and safety standards necessary for the operating, maintaining and repairing of automated equipment.
    3. Program, configure, troubleshoot and repair automated, industrial equipment for machining, assembly, chemical processing and logistic distribution.
    4. Develop an application-oriented project on an integrated mechatronics system meeting business objectives and financial constraints.
    5. Communicate effectively and appropriately with team members and clients within societal and global contexts.

    Students who complete MEC-100 and MEC-102 will sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) industry credential. This is a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) endorsed credential. The cost of the certification is included in the fees for the courses.

    There are additional, optional certifications students may wish to pursue to enhance their employability. Students who successfully complete EET-103, EET-179 and EET-245 will be prepared to sit for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) industry credential: PMMI Mechatronics Industrial Electricity 1. Students who successfully complete MET-181 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: Mechanical Components 1 industry credential. Students who successfully complete RBT-235 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: PLC 1 industry credential. Students who successfully complete MET-170 will be prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics: Fluid Power 1 industry credential. There are additional fees for these optional industry credentials.

    After completion of the degree, students may choose to pursue additional advanced level courses in mechanical systems, PLCs, Fluid Power and Renewable Energy systems through CCAC’s workforce development division.

    For further information, please contact 412.369.3600 or Admissions@ccac.edu.

     Course Requirements

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    Degree Requirements
    After completion of the degree, students may choose to pursue additional advanced level courses in mechanical systems, PLCs, Fluid Power and Renewable Energy systems through CCAC’s Workforce Development Division. For further information, please contact 412-788-7357.

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MEC-100Mechatronics Safety and Quality3
    MEC-102Mechatronics Industrial Processes3
    MEC-103Fundamentals of Electricity3
    MEC-104Introduction to Mechanical Systems3
    MEC-150 Fluid Power3
    Total Credits: 15

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MEC-106Industrial Power Systems3
    MEC-108Programmable Logic Controllers 13
    MEC-110Digital Electronics3
    MEC-112Introduction to Robotics3
    MEC-156Motors and Motor Controls3
    Total Credits: 15

    Third Semester

    Students may take MAT-108 Intermediate Algebra or MAT-191 Mathematics for the Industries.Students may take PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology or  PSY-116 Organizational Psychology.
    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    MAT-191Mathematics for the Industries 3
    MAT-108Intermediate Algebra4
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
    PSY-116 Organizational Psychology3
     Restricted Elective
    See Restricted Electives Career Focus Below
     Restricted Elective
    See Restricted Electives Career Focus Below
    Total Credits: 16–18
    Students planning on transferring to a four-year institution should take the following courses: ENG-102 English Composition 2 (3 credits); MAT-108 Intermediate Algebra (4 credits); PHY-100 Basic Physics (3 credits); PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

    Fourth Semester

    Students may take ENG-102 English Composition 2 or ENG-103 Technical Communications. Students may take MEC-220 Mechatronics Practicum or MEC-403 Mechatronics Co-op.Students may take PHY-141 Physics 1 or PHY-100 Basic Physics or PHS-161 Physical Science for the Industries.
    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    ENG-103 Technical Communications3
    MEC-220Mechatronics Practicum3
    MEC-403Mechatronics Co-op3
    PHY-100Basic Physics4
    PHY-141Physics 1 4
    PHS-161 Physical Science for the Industries 3
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
     Restricted Elective
    See Restricted Electives Career Guide
     Restricted Elective Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Career Focus3-4
     Restricted Elective Process Technology Career Focus3-4
     Restricted Elective Industrial Electronics Career Focus3-4
     Restricted Elective Supply Chain Technology Career Focus3-4
    Total Credits: 12-14
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–64
  • Free Training for Washington County Residents

    CCAC receives $100,000 PNC Charitable Trust grant to fund “Cracker Ready” project

    The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the PNC Charitable Trust to train workers from Washington County for jobs created by the construction of Shell Chemical’s $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. The grant pays for all tuition, books and certification costs that are not covered by financial aid, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The goal of the project is to recruit a minimum of 10 students in the Mechatronics certificate program and six students in the CDL program. All students must reside in Washington County and will be required to complete a FAFSA application to determine if they are eligible for financial aid. If additional funds are available once financial aid is applied, more students will enter the program.