Career and Technical Program

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Classes for this program are located in Rathdrum, Idaho, 12 miles from Coeur d’Alene at the Parker Technical Education Center

Mechatronics is a multifaceted field that utilizes many areas of mechanics including electronics, automation, computers, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers, electrical systems, and mechanical systems. The Mechatronics program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level technicians, and emphasizes extensive practical experience in both theory and laboratory settings using mock-up equipment and assemblies similar to those found in industry. Instruction advances many of the concepts learned in the first year Industrial Mechanics/Millwright portion of the program and includes theory, troubleshooting, and hands-on application in mechatronics, programmable logic controllers, pneumatics, AC and DC electrical systems, hydraulics, and motor control.

Successful completion of the first two semesters of the IMM certificate program or permission of the instructor is required to enroll in the Mechatronics program. The second year of the program leads to an Advanced Technical Certificate or A.A.S. degree in Mechatronics and is intended to advance the skills learned in the one year (IMM) Intermediate Certificate program. Successful completion of each semester or permission of the instructor is required to continue into successive semesters. Placement in specific English and Math courses is determined by the college assessment test. Prospective students who do not meet the initial eligibility requirements for a professional-technical limited-enrollment program will need to take selected courses to receive necessary skill building prior to entering the program (see page 43 of the catalog).

Current industry professionals may enroll in individual courses on a space-available basis and with the instructor's permission.


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