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Middle College Mechatronics

Middle College Mechatronics

Middle College Mechatronics is a program for high school juniors and seniors. You may take classes in mechatronics at Roane State and earn high school credits and college credits at the same time. If you are taking the full program, you will earn an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in mechatronics technology at the same time you graduate from high school. With this degree you will be able to enter the workforce with a well-paying job in a modern manufacturing environment.

Mechatronics Technologists work on automated manufacturing equipment, where they maintain and troubleshoot the production machinery.

During the 2018-2019 school year, we offer a full-ride scholarship for all dual-enrollment high school students who participate. This scholarship includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, personal protective equipment, tools, as well as an Arduino and a Programmable Logic Controller, which students will use in projects for their classes and get to keep after completion. Roane State also provides support for transportation, through gas cards or through arranged bus transportation from high schools to the Clinton Facility.

Typical Day

Here’s what a typical day looks like for a student in the Middle College Mechatronics Program:

7:45 am: Students from a variety of high schools in our area arrive at Roane State’s Clinton Facility. You might have taken your private vehicle, thanks to fuel-vouchers provided through the grant. Or your school may have sent a large group of students in a school bus. As soon as you arrive on campus, you start working on a project that has been left from the previous day. Maybe you are working on a robot, programming it to pick an object from a conveyor belt and place it into a box. Or maybe you are troubleshooting one of our simulated production machines.

8:00 am: Classes officially start. You meet with your instructor in a classrooms, for a brief introduction that outlines the topics of the day. You will then split into work groups and engage with the training equipment for hands-on learning under the guidance of their instructors. You might learn how to program the Arduino or the PLC which is provided as part of your scholarship, or how to align a gear drive, using the tools from your own personal toolbox, which is also provided by the scholarship. Shortly before 10:00 am, the instructor pulls the group together for a debriefing. The process repeats for a second class, which begins at 10:00 am.

At around noon, you will be allowed to return to your high school for afternoon sessions and extracurricular activities. This gives you the option of playing sports with your high school team or being on the school’s robotics team.

The schedule on Fridays is slightly different than the Monday-through-Thursday schedule: You will first meet with our student success coach and the program director for a weekly debriefing. During this meeting, you will explain what you have learned, what you enjoyed and where you see room for improvement. This activity mirrors the weekly team-meetings in typical production environment and therefore provides needed soft-skills to future workers. After this group meeting, you will take a three-our session of a general education course in Public Speaking, Composition, Math, or Physics.

After you graduate

This program is intended to be completed in two years. If you are a high school junior and take all classes offered in this program, you may graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechatronics Technology at the same time as you graduate with your high school diploma. As part of the program, you will have the option of sitting for two internationally recognized industry certifications, which prove to employers that you have mastered the skills taught in the program.
Having completed the program would allow you to begin working at a manufacturing facility right out of high school. May of our graduates initially make $15.00 per hour and quickly earn raises.
Even if you cannot complete the whole program while in school, you would still have very marketable skills and can complete the remaining classes in the evenings while working full-time during the daytime.

Students who complete this program may also transfer to Middle Tennessee State University and earn a four-year degree in mechatronics, with the credits from the first two years counting toward this degree.

How do I sign up?

You may start this program in August 2018 or January 2019. You may take all or some of the classes, as approved by our program director. To sign up, please contact your high school guidance counselor and Gordon Williams (865-354-3000 x 4899) or Markus Pomper (865-354-3000 x 4233). Come visit us for a tour of the Clinton Facility.

What will my schedule be?

All classes will be held at Roane State’s Clinton Facility.

Program

Course Cr. Title Lecture Lab
First Fall 15      
MECH 1310 3 Electrical Components M 10:05-12:00 W 10:05-12:00
MECH 1320 3 Mechanical Components M 8:00-9:55 W 8:00-9:55
MECH 1330 3 Pneumatics/Hydraulics T 8:00-9:55 R 8:00-9:55
MECH 1340 3 Digital Fundamentls & PLCs T 10:05-12:00 R 10:05-12:00
COMM 2015 3   F 9:00-12:00  
         
First Spring 13      
MECH 2320 3 Motor Control T 8:00-10:00 M 8:00-9:50
MECH 2480 4 Automation Systems F 8:00-11:00 R 10:00-10:50
MECH 1350 3 Industrial Robotics R 8:00-10:00 W 8:00-9:50
MECH 1342 3 Programming in LabView MW 10:10-11:10 T 10:00-11:50
         
Pre-Second Fall 3 Accelerated format    
WELL 1010 3 Lifetime Wellness   TBD
         
Second Fall 14      
MECH 2440 4 Process Control Technologies M8:00-11:50 W 8:00-9:50
MECH 2441 4 Totally Integrated Automation F8:00-11:50 W 10:00-11:50
MATH 1010 3 Math for General Studies   TR 8:00-9:20
PHIL 130 3 Ethics   TR 9:30-10:50
         
Second Spring 15      
MECH 2445 4 Mechanical Components M 9:00-12:00 T 8:00-9:50
MECH 2490 4 Manufacturing Processes W 9:00-12:00 R 8:00-9:50
PHYS 1010 4 Intro to Physics TR 10:00-11:20 F 9:00-12:00
ENGL 1010 3 Composition I   MWF 8:00-8:55
         
Total Credit 60      

Contact: 

Sandy L Stiles • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4865 • Click name for email address

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