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Mechatronics

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

This pathway meets AAS in Mechatronics degree requirements. The Mechatronics degree is offered jointly by North Seattle College and Shoreline Community College. Students must complete courses at both campuses to obtain this degree. The program combines knowledge of mechanics, electronics, industrial automation and control systems, and robotics. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in specialties including aerospace, manufacturing, industrial automation and control, robotics, and electromechanical systems in the commercial and government sectors.

Subjects emphasized include machining, preventive machine maintenance as applied to mechanical components and systems, analysis and troubleshooting of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits, analog and digital electronics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), information technology (IT), electric motor controls and drives, robotics, and fluid power systems including hydraulics and pneumatics.

The field experience (internship/externship) option is recommended for this degree. Students may substitute two courses from the approved list of options in place of field experience. Students have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in many subjects including A+, fiber optics, and robotics.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 7
Part Time: 11
96.0 - 105.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : equivalent computer experience

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 5.0

Course Substitute : higher level ENGL course or successful completion of ABE 050

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to write in academic settings. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, study skills, and grammar instruction. Upon completion, students should be able to apply these skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing a college-level essay. Prereq: Placement test or appropriate prerequisite.

ENGL 098 10.0

Course Substitute : successful completion of ABE 031 or equivalent or higher level MATH class

Elementary algebra topics include operations with signed numbers, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, graphing linear functions, systems of equations, polynomials and applications. Prereq: MATH 081 with a 2.0 or better or placement.

MATH 084 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,851.84 - $11,869.20
  • NonResident Cost : $12,288.00 - $13,440.00
  • International Student Cost : $27,962.88 - $30,584.40

North offers electronics courses (designated with the "EET" prefix) on-campus in the day time, evenings, online, and hybrid (part on-campus, part online). Most classes meet twice per week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) or once per week throughout the quarter. Refer to Shoreline Community College academic schedule for information about manufacturing courses (designated with the "MFGT" prefix) required for this program.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Beginning electronics support course providing the student with information and skills to safely perform soldering tasks in the field. The student will acquire skills to remove components and replace them without causing damage to either the component or the Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's). The student will learn the techniques to select the proper solder, soldering aids, tools, and other associated test equipment. Prerequisite: EET 160 or EET 161 or instructor permission.

EET 106 1.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MFGT 247 - Motive Maintenance (5 credits)

Introduction to fluid power systems used in industry. Covers fundamentals of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including fluid power components and schematic diagrams. Includes electrical/electronic control of fluid power systems and information on several electro-hydraulic servo systems. Prereq. EET 109 or MATH& 141 or higher.

EET 112 5.0

This course provides an introduction to basic computer hardware and operating systems. The focus is A+ Certification and addresses foundational computer hardware to include system boards, microprocessors, bios, hard drives, CDROMs, as well as the basics of the Windows Operating Systems. Troubleshooting from both a hardware and software approach is introduced. The curriculum is produced by Hewlett Packard for Ciso Systems. Computer Fee.

EET 131 5.0

This course introduces foundational concepts in building and programming robots. Students build, program and configure a robot using various electronic devices to enable a wide variety of robotic activity. Computer Lab Fee.

EET 137 5.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MFGT 280 - Robot Certification (5 credits)

An introduction to industrial robotics, including the application, programming, troubleshooting, and servicing of state-of-the-art industrial robots and associated end effectors, sensors, and systems. Prerequisite: EET 137 or instructor permission.

EET 138 5.0

Provides a survey of electricity and electronics fundamentals through theory presentations and hands-on laboratory experiments. Intended for students pursuing the mechatronics degree (offered in conjunction with Shoreline CC) or certificate options, as well as those interested in what electricity and electronics are about. EET 160 also is valuable as a refresher course for those with related previous knowledge who wish to return to the field. EET109 or MATH&141 or instructor permission.

EET 160 5.0

First in a series of lecture-lab courses designed for an in-depth study of electronics. Performance goals will equip the learner with the ability to analyze series and parallel circuits. Basic concepts of energy, work, power, current and voltage are studied as well as Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. The course ends with an introduction to capacitance, transients and AC theory and circuit analysis. Achievement of course goals is supported by the use of computer models and hands-on labs. .Computer fee.

EET 161 5.0

This course covers principles of AC and DC rotating equipment used in electrical generation and conversion to mechanical energy. The course reviews fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, transformers, and single-phase circuits; three-phase circuits are introduced. Prerequisites: EET 109 or MATH&141 or equivalent, and EET 162.

EET 201 5.0

This Industrial Power and Control Technology course covers electromagnetic and electronic control and drive devices and circuits used for starting, accelerating, stopping, reversing, and protecting industrial AC and DC motors. Prerequisites: EET 109 or MATH&141 or equivalent, and EET 161.

EET 202 5.0

This course describes the fundamentals of programmable logic controller (PLC) systems, including how PLCs work and providing practical information and skills about installing, programming, and troubleshooting PLC systems. Corequisite: EET 161.

EET 203 5.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MFGT 196 - Advanced Manufacturing Internship or North Seattle College courses: choose 2 of the following courses: EET 108 - Intro to Fiber Optics (5 credits) or EET 170 - Digital Electronics & PLCs I (5 credits) or EET 162 - A.C. Principals of Electronics (5 credits) or EET 114 - Applied Physics (5 credits)

The internship/externship requirement (EET 291 or MFGT 196) is the preferred selection for this degree.

Total credits can be from 4 - 10 based on course option selected.

On-the-job training for electronics students who would like to improve or enhance their electronics skills before actively seeking a job. Students intending to complete the Mechatronics degree at North Seattle College or Shoreline Community college must complete 330 hours of job-related work experience (6 credits). Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 40 credits of electronics and associated technical coursework.

EET 291 6.0

This course can also be taken at Shoreline Community College

This class will cover conventional machining, basic blueprint reading, math, health and safety, and an introduction to CNC machining. Additionally, the class is designed to provide students with fundamental basic skills needed in manufacturing by introducing general concepts including technology sectors, team concepts, team development, and problem solving.

MFGT 105 20.0

This course is be taken at Shoreline Community College

This course provides an overview of Preventive Maintenance practices, including: safety, plan development and implementation, technical documents, machine systems, measurement, alignment, coolants and lubricants, conduct and documentation of periodic checks, inspection, troubleshooting, and monitoring of machine operation.

MFGT 244 3.0

This course is be taken at Shoreline Community College

This course is intended to raise the safety awareness and hazard identification knowledge of those working in the manufacturing field, and to lead to OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety Certification.

MFGT 245 1.0

This course is be taken at Shoreline Community College

Course provides basic knowledge of machine maintenance as applied to mechanical components and systems. Topics include safety, documentation, mechanics, systems, setup, troubleshooting, and performance of maintenance. This course develops skills in alignment with NIMS Levels II and III Machine Building and Maintenance certifications.

MFGT 246 5.0

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MCS 105 - Intro to Multiculturalism Studies or approved US Cultures/Global Studies Elective

Introduces students to the legal, racial, and cultural aspects of the American workplace. Class activities and group discussions examine diversity, self-exploration as a basis for understanding others, historical overviews of ethnic influences on American business, work force demographics, and cross-cultural communication.

BUS 112 5.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: BUS 104 - Human Relations in Business or BUS 105 - Essentials of Human Relations or approved Human Relations Elective

Total credits can be from 2 - 5 based on course option selected.

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 141 - Pre-Calculus (5 credits) or higher level MATH class

This is an overview of basic mathematical applications for electronic circuit analysis. Includes fundamental concepts of operations with numbers, the metric system, fundamental algebraic concepts, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, right angle triangles, basic trig functions, vectors and complex numbers. Prerequisite: MAT 081 or equivalent.

EET 109 5.0

Course Substitute : ENGL& 235 - Technical Writing (5 credits) or Shoreline Community College course: BTWERT 215 - Composition, Business Communications ( 5 credits )

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL&101 5.0