• 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 (723.1)


    Also see Mechatronics Technology degree.

    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.

    Typical job titles include: production, planning and expediting clerks, entry-level maintenance and repair workers, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers, electro-mechanical technicians, industrial maintenance technicians and entry-level supply chain technicians.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Use quality and safety standards necessary for the operating, maintaining and repairing of industrial equipment.
    2. Program, configure and operate automated, industrial equipment for machining, assembly and production.
    3. Troubleshoot and repair equipment applying basic and preventative maintenance techniques. 
    4. Apply basic computational skills in measurement and analysis of technical formulas and schematics.
    5. Utilize technical and organizational skills to effectively engage with team members and a diverse customer base.

    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.


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    Degree Requirements

    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
    Students can select from MAT-108 or MAT-191.
    Students planning on transferring to a four-year institution should take MAT-108.

    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
    Students can select from PSY-101 or PSY-116.
    Students planning on transferring to a four-year institution should take PSY-101.
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 30
  • 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.