• Program: Automation Robotics Engineering Technology
  • Degree: Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Credits: Total Advanced Technical Certificate Credits 17
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The Mechatronics Certificate program is designed to reinforce the core technical skills and real-world application needed in today’s manufacturing environment. Through alignment with PMMI’s (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) Mechatronics Certification Program, Hennepin Technical College’s Mechatronics Certificate offers a set of stackable credentials that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturer’s Skills Certification System. Through a series of assessments that are based on industry-developed competencies, the Mechatronics Certificate and corresponding review courses will help students advance the set of skills needed to gain employment in manufacturing environments. The tests that the courses are aligned with allow both new and incumbent workers—entry-level operator through technologist—to demonstrate the skills needed for high-growth, technology intensive manufacturing jobs. Mechatronics Certificate Review courses are ideal for industrial maintenance staff, as well.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are wide-spread in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Extensive opportunities exist as Electrical and Electronics Technicians for industrial equipment, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Industrial Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Engineering Technicians, and as Packaging Technicians.

Award Outcomes:

  • Apply electrical and mechanical machine control concepts to automated packaging systems.
  • Perform basic electrical, electronic, welding, machining, laser, vision system, robotic, and fluid power operations.
  • Use technical documents to assemble, install, troubleshoot and repair automated packaging systems.
  • Diagnose root problems impacting production flow.
  • Solve root problems to maintain production flow.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 17 Credits
  • ARET1185 Sensor Applications 2
  • ARET2300 Mechanical Components I Certificate Review 3
  • ARET2320 Industrial Electricity I Certificate Review 3
  • ARET2330 Industrial Electricity II Certificate Review 3
  • ARET2340 Programmable Logic Controllers I Certificate Review 3
  • ARET2360 Automated Fluid Power I Certificate Review 3
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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