Electromechanical systems, sometimes referred to as mechatronics, is a new and rapidly growing field that integrates electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and computer control systems to create new and improved automated manufacturing production systems. The automated manufacturing field is growing as robots are being used in many manufacturing processes.
Individuals interested in this field need to be trained in five areas: mechanical, electrical, fluid power, process control/programmable logic controllers (PLC) and computer software and hardware in order to maintain, troubleshoot and repair highly sophisticated, automated systems. Today’s equipment is complex and requires an understanding of electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical devices, industrial computers, sensors, motors, drives, microprocessors, process instrumentation, automated systems and robotics. The complexity of this new and exciting field continues to expand and broaden to include additional technical fields.
Electromechanical systems technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They test, maintain, construct, troubleshoot and repair equipment in a variety of industries and they work closely with electrical and mechanical engineers. An increasing number of jobs are found in electrical utilities, oil refineries, water treatment and wastewater treatment, manufacturing plants, chemical, medical, electronic, agricultural, biotechnology and automotive industries.
The Electromechanical Systems program prepares students for careers requiring integration of a variety of specialized skills. Students will become multi-skilled technicians capable of solving the many complex problems of manufacturing automation. Employment opportunities are geared toward those who are interested in plant maintenance, process set up, installation, and electronic industries. Students will be prepared for a wide variety of careers including: instrument technician, electrical technician, electromechanical technician, electronics mechanic, machine repair & maintenance, motor installer, instrumentation calibration technician, and robotics technician.
What You'll Learn
- Concepts of single-phase motors and generators and three-phase systems, motors and generators
- Essential elements of a process control system and fundamentals of instrumentation
- Measuring and control devices for manufacturing equipment
- Installation, testing, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting a variety of manufacturing equipment
- Assemble, adjust, and repair electrical and mechanical systems
- Advanced principles of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and process control
- How to integrate electrical and mechanical systems and devices
- Installation, use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of:
- mechanical drive systems
- hydraulic fluid drive systems
- mechanical drive systems
- pneumatic fluid drive systems found in modern industrial machinery and automation
- Electrical utility companies
- Manufacturing plants
- Oil refineries
- Federal, State, County or City government agencies
- Railroad companies
- Water and wastewater treatment plants
- Automotive industries