Manufacturing and Process Technology

What is “mechatronics” you ask.  It’s the study and practice of integrating traditional tools and equipment with modern technology into a single system.  This may include working with robotics, communications (wired and wireless), electronics, motors, pumps, electricity, pneumatic equipment, hydraulics, and CNC equipment.  

Manufacturing and Process Technology provides students the ability to specialize their training to work in a variety of industry settings in our area including manufacturing facilities, data centers, food or chemical processing plants, and other businesses with need for regular facility or equipment maintenance.

Program Outcomes
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Transfer Options
Industry Connections
Scholarships & Grants
  1. Communicate effectively and respectfully using verbal, written, and computer skills
  2. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork and/or workplace specific skills related to human relations.
  4. Conduct measurements, analyze and interpret data, and propose methods for resolving problems
  5. Assist with the research, planning, and completion of projects, with consideration for processes, budgets, material, and time
  6. Draft, modify, and/or interpret technical drawings

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Degrees & Certificates

AAS-T Manufacturing & Process Technology: Manufacturing Emphasis

Total Credits: 90
Learning Outcomes:

  • Electronics: what they do, how they communicate, troubleshooting and tinkering
  • Electricity: basic knowledge of AC and DC current, using a multimeter, and circuits
  • Programming: setting up system commands for logic controllers that run motors and/or robotics
  • Maintenance: HVAC training, fluid and hydraulics, pneumatics and industrial boiler maintenance
  • Machining: lathe, mills and fabrication equipment develop knowledge and skills to make or repair items
  • Welding: introduction to welding processes including MIG, ARC and TIG

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Summer Quarter

Course Credits
IST 100 3
IST 102 3
MAP 117 5
MCT 100 5

Course Credits
BIM 109 1
BIM 110 2
FAD 150 2
ENGL& 101 5
MCT 101 5

Course Credits
CMST& 210 or 220 5
MCT 102 5
PSYC& 100 or
SOC& 101
5

Course Credits
Work with advisor to identify courses (optional quarter)  

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
Select courses with your advisor based on desired skills and career.  

Course Credits
Select courses with your advisor based on desired skills and career.  

Course Credits
Select courses with your advisor based on desired skills and career.  

AAS-T Manufacturing & Process Technology: Mission Critical Operations Emphasis

Total Credits: 90
Learning Outcomes:

  • Electronics: what they do, how they communicate, and troubleshooting
  • Electricity: basic knowledge of AC and DC current, using a multimeter, and circuits
  • Programming: setting up system commands for facility systems (HVAC, PLCs, security, etc.)
  • Maintenance: HVAC training, industrial boiler maintenance, and industrial safety
  • Management: supervision, project management, logistics and customer service
  • Automation: as it relates to monitoring, reporting, and the management of all above

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
IST 100 3
IST 102 3
MAP 117 5
WKED 101 1
WKED 110 3

Course Credits
BIM 109 (1 credit) &
BIM 110 (2 credits)
3
BUS 135 3
ENGL& 101 5
IST 105 5
WKED 102 1

Course Credits
FAD 150 2
IST 106 5
PSYC& 100 or
SOC& 101
5
WKED 103 1
WKED 111 4

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
BUS 215 3
CMST& 210 or
CMST 220
5
IST 130 5

Course Credits
BUS 297 5
ENGL& 235 5
IST 120 5

Course Credits
Elective  
Elective  
   

Manufacturing and Process Technology Contact
Manufacturing and Process Technology Faculty/Staff
Workforce Education Development Coordinator, Tom Willingham

Willingham, Tom

Workforce Education Development Coordinator
tomwi@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2321
Gary Baker

Baker, Gary

Manufacturing Technology Associate Faculty
garyb@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2114
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