Mechatronics Engineering (UC "d")

The combination of electrical and mechanical engineering where students design, build, and program robotic mechanisms. Students will apply C++ and Python coding to direct microcontroller parts. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

  • Hands on Physics and Electromagnetism
  • AC/DC Electronic Fundamentals
  • Digital  Electronic Fundamentals
  • Programming with Microcontrollers
  • Mechanical 3D Design & Printing
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Industrial Robotic Theory & Application
  • Electronics Theory and Hands on Labs
  • Ohms Law, Series and parallel circuit design
  • Mechanics, Motion & Connective linkages
  • Motor mechanics and control
  • C++ Coding (Arduino) & Python Programming (Targeting Raspberry PI)
  • Computer aided design and programming
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Class Benefits

  • 20-30 high school credits earned per year
  • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

Earned Outside of (Following) the Class

  • CPA – C++ Certified Associate Programmer Certification 

Certifications Earned Within the Class

  • Class completion certificate
  • ANUC Robot Handling tool level 1 certification

Job Opportunities Upon Completion

  • Robotics Technicians
  • PLC programmer & operator
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

About the Instructor

Jim Burnham has been working in the high-tech industry for the last 25 years. As an Electrical Engineer, he has worked on both Hardware and Software products. Jim is passionate about helping students learn about electronics, electronic control, programming, motion, mechanics and manufacturing. He wants to show students how to build and interfacing mechanical systems to the real world. Jim has worked for a small phone company, programming in assembly and C++, and building hardware to track the phone usage, worked on Amdahl mainframe computers, and recently spent 20+ years at Xilinx, working on both Hardware and Software, and even Marketing. This next year, Jim is now turning his talents to Mechatronics. When not thinking about teaching electronics and mechanics, Jim enjoys hacking electronics to work as Halloween props or prep for epic snow camping expeditions.

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