Course Descriptions

  • Year 1: Mechatronics and Engineering 1 and MACH110 - Machining Fundamentals:

    Mechatronics and Engineering 1

    Mechatronics 1 Syllabus

    In this project based course, students build and program their own robot using VEX robotics systems.  Students will use their robot to study fundamentals of engineering, robotics, introduction to programming (using EasyC and Cortex Controllers), linear motion, rotational dynamics, Newton’s Laws, as well as sensors and actuators.  Students will also begin to develop their skills using SolidWorks 3D CAD software.

    MACH110 - Machining Fundamentals

    MACH110 Syllabus

    Machining Fundamentals course is designed to prepare students with the requisite skills needed to succeed in both the Manual Mill Operator and Engine Lathe Operator credentialing program at Raritan Valley Community College. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RVCC Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

    In the lab, students will learn to read and interpret blueprints, to handle precision measurement tools, and receive an OSHA-10 card.

     

    Year 2:  Mechatronics and Engineering 2 and MACH120- Manual Mill Operator

    Mechatronics and Engineering 2

    Mechatronics 2 Syllabus

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Mechatronics and Engineering 1.

    In this project based course, students build and program their own robot using VEX robotics systems.  Students will use their robot to study topics such as electronics, mechanical properties, advanced C programming, as well as industrial robotic arms and advanced mechanics.  Students will continue to develop their skills using SolidWorks 3D CAD software.

    Possible professional certificates: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)

    MACH120 - Manual Mill Operator

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of MACH110.

    Operator is a NIMS credentialed certificate program.  Upon successful course completion, students will receive the NIMS Measurement Material and Safety Certificate. This program is designed to mirror the workplace as closely as possible.  All students will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform all tasks and skills at workplace ready levels.  This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RVCC Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

     

    Year 3: Mechatronics and Engineering 3 and MACH130- Engine Lathe Operator

    Mechatronics and Engineering 3

    Mechatronics 3 Syllabus

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Mechatronics and Engineering 1 and 2. 

    Focusing on the core features and functionalities in LabVIEW Development System, students will design, build and control their own mechatronic system; utilizing it to learn the core principles of cyber-physical systems applicable to multi disciplinary engineering fields.  Topics covered include: troubleshooting and debugging, organizing data, file I/O, variables, design technologies, synchronization technologies, user control, as well as error handling and user interface.  Students will continue to utilize and refine their skills in SolidWorks.

    Possible professional certificates: Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer.

    MACH130 - Engine Lathe Operator

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of MACH110, MACH120.

    Engine Lathe Operator is a NIMS credentialed certificate program. Upon successful course completion, students will receive the NIMS Job Planning, Bench-work and Layout credential. This program is designed to mirror the workplace as closely as possible.  All graduates will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform all tasks and skills at workplace ready levels.  This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic machine fundamentals. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RVCC Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

     

    Year 4:  Mechatronics and Engineering 4 and CNCO140 - CNC Production Technician

    Mechatronics and Engineering 4

    Mechatronics 4 Syllabus

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Mechatronics and Engineering 1, 2 and 3.

    Students will continue their study of LabView , demonstrating a broad understanding of mechatronic systems with cyber-physical system design and control.  Project-based learning activities teach the core principles of controls, robotics, embedded system and mechatronics.  Topic include intro to myRIO, dead reckoning, sensors, filtering data, wireless controls, advanced P.I.D., computer vision, 3 axis stabilization as well as artificial intelligence systems.

    In addition, students will refine their knowledge and skills in design, construction, troubleshooting, and repair of industrial mechatronics systems.  Students will learn to program these industrial systems using PLC’s and Ladder Logic as well as incorporating their prior knowledge of LabView / myRIO controllers as well as EasyC / Cortex controllers.

    CNCO140 - CNC Production Technician

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of MACH110, MACH120, MACH130.

    CNC Production Technician credential program is a NIMS credentialed certificate program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the NIMS CNC Turning and CNC Milling credential. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter careers as CNC Machine Operators and Manual Machinists. This program is designed to mirror the workplace as closely as possible.  All graduates will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform all tasks and skills at workplace ready levels.  This program provides extensive hands-on experience performing all tasks identified by industry experts and local employers. Program training includes basic CNC operator skills and CNC set-up processes. Students gain real-world experience using actual CNC machining centers to perform real production runs and job set-ups. Classes are conducted in an actual CNC machine shop environment at the RVCC Campus, equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four virtual machining centers and four CNC lathes. The training lab also has two Bridgeport style Mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, vertical band saw, optical comparator and other basic machinery.

    In the lab, students will learn to read blueprints, handle precision measurement tools, receive OSHA-10 card, to operate state-of-the-art CNC machines and to handle inspection equipment. Students will also program, set-up, edit and operate CNC machining center and lathe.

    Coursework covers a variety of relevant areas including; blueprint reading, math, safety, machining technology, tooling applications, work holding, offsets, CNC lathe and mill set-up, gauging and inspection.