Learning Recommendation: Successful completion of IN435A/B – Introduction to Engineering Design or middle school Design and Modeling/STEM rotation

General Description: The field of Mechatronics is growing in today's economy. This course will cover the basics of digital electronics and computer integrated manufacturing. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc. Students learn the digital circuit design process to create circuits and present solutions that can improve people’s lives. Students then learn about computer integrated manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students develop their knowledge and skills in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing to create and produce products using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill. Students apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course as they collaborate to design, build, and program factory system models.


Units of Study to include:

  • Foundations in electronics
  • Combinational Logic
  • Sequential Logic
  • Controlling real world systems
  • Principles of manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Elements of automation
  • Integration of manufacturing elements


Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Direct instruction
  • Hands on problem solving activities
  • Design electronic and manufacturing systems
  • Group work

Equipment to be provided by Student: None

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