Manufacturing Technology

The Manufacturing Technology Program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn a Manufacturing Technology-Mechatronics Certificate or Associate Degree in Manufacturing Technology-Mechatronics.   Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of manufacturing and engineering settings. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies in scientific and practical principles to the design, development and operation of automated systems. Students will gain knowledge in mechatronics, robotics and mechanical systems.

Manufacturing Technology - Mechatronics Certificate (PMTC)

This program is designed to provide skills necessary to become a Manufacturing Technician employed by companies utilizing advanced automation tools. Mechatronics is an emerging field that integrates electrical and mechanical systems and incorporates computer control and information technology. The name arises from the combination of mechanics and electronics and is a product of the importance of automation and robotics in modern manufacturing processes. Students in this program will learn principles, design, and control of mechanical and electrical systems.

Year 1
FallCredits
MAT 143Statistics 4
MET 105Blueprint Reading 3
Professional Elective 1 3
Professional Elective 2 3
Spring
EET 103Introduction to Industrial Electricity 4
PLT 101Introduction to Mechanical Processes 3
PLT 104Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls 3
PLT 227Hydraulics And Pneumatics 3
 Total Credits: 26
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 Professional Elective 1: BUS 105, BUS 125, ENG 101, PLT 220, PLT 223

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 Professional Elective 2: AQS 110, CAD 101, MGT 132, MGT 210

Campus  

This program requires specialized equipment and is offered at the Devens Campus.

Helpful hints

Students should investigate the non-credit Industrial Readiness Training program as an introduction to this field. Students interested in design should take CAD101.

For more information call: 978-630-9468.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Manufacturing Technology Degree. Program aligns with nationally recognized Mechatronics Certification.

Career options/Earning potential

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Manufacturing Technology—Plastics Degree (PT)

Current industry trends indicate that the rapidly growing plastics industry will continue to expand well into the 21st century. Customers’ expectations and product design complexities are challenging today’s limited number of experienced process technicians and engineers. Many plastics companies are seeking to hire experienced production employees but cannot find enough experienced people to meet market demand. Furthermore, few colleges worldwide offer plastics programs. This program is a cooperative venture among Nypro, Inc., Fitchburg State University, and MWCC. Students first complete a set of core technical courses at Nypro, Inc.

Year 1
FallCredits
PLT 220Statistical Process Control 13
PLT 221Master Molder I 13
PLT 222Master Molder II 12
PLT 226Materials Design And Application 13
MET 105Blueprint Reading 3
Spring
PLT 223Production Design 13
PLT 224Principles of Supervision 13
PLT 227Hydraulics And Pneumatics 13
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Year 2
Fall
ENG 102College Writing II 3
General Elective 2 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
Spring
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Humanities Elective 3 3
Lab Science Elective 4 8
Social Science Elective 5 3
General Elective 2 3
 Total Credits: 64-66
1

Courses not limited to Nypro employees.

2

General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.

3

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

4

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
CHE 107 General Chemistry I recommended

5

Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

 Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

Campus

All technical courses (PT) are offered evenings only at the Nypro Institute of Technology.

Helpful hints

Information for the technical courses (PT), must be obtained from Nypro, Inc. of Clinton MA 978-365-8411.

Transfer options

MWCC accepts Nypro courses as transfer credit. For a complete list of transfer agreement options, please click here.

Special requirements

Students enrolled in this program must adhere to the 30-credit MWCC residency requirement. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options/Earning potential

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Program Competencies for PMTC and PT

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Communicate technical information in written and oral form.
  • Participate as a contributing member of a small work team as well as the larger factory team—including problem solving.
  • Solve practical production mathematical problems requiring basic skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
  • Communicate in the graphic language of engineering by interpreting technical blueprints used in industry and preparing two- and three-dimensional technical sketches.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of the basic sciences that underlie the machines used in manufacturing.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of the many manufacturing processes used in industry to manufacture products.
  • Understand and apply computer skills in the manufacturing environment.
  • Understand and apply modern operations principles to manufacturing operations, including total quality management, statistical process control, and continuous quality improvement and just-in-time.
  • Use a current personal computer workstation for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, email, www searching, and simple drawing, including integration into a single coherent document (report).

Technical Standards1 for PMTC and PT

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for two hours.
  • Manipulate small parts, and make fine hand adjustments to machines and test equipment.
  • Use appropriate tools found in the manufacturing environment.
  • Work indoors in the presence of low, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).
  • Work indoors in a non-air-conditioned environment with exposure to oil vapors.
  • Visualize in two and three dimensions.
  • Lift 40 pounds.
  • Learn to operate a computer.

Courses

PLT 101. Introduction to Mechanical Processes. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Mechanical Processes (or systems) includes: mechanical fasteners, motors, power transmission systems, sensors, and applications of sensors, fixtures, and/or piping and piping installation. Students will have hands-on laboratory experience and will be responsible for a class presentation. Utilization of a mechatronics training system may be used. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

PLT 104. Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls. 3 Credits.

This course covers the concepts of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) including electrical troubleshooting. Additional familiarization with basic electricity symbols, blueprint reading, meters used for troubleshooting, conventional and solid ladder diagrams, schematics, and troubleshooting is stressed. Utilization of a mechatronics training system may be used. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and MAT 092 (or placement).

PLT 105. Blueprint Reading. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the primary communication method used in manufacturing, the engineering blueprint, and freehand sketch. The course includes principles of orthographic projection, symbols, and dimensioning. The purpose and interpretation of the title block, revision block, notes, and bill of material will also be covered. Freehand sketching techniques will be introduced as well. Students may not receive credit for both PLT 105 and MET 105. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, (or placement).

PLT 220. Statistical Process Control. 3 Credits.

This course presents students with an understanding of elementary statistics by familiarizing them with basic concepts of measures of central tendency and variability, regression and correlation, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. A calculator is required. Students will learn the use of statistical methods and SPC to improve quality and productivity through measurements, control, and reduction of process variation. Topics covered include:basic statistics, the normal distribution; control charting; process capability studies; gauge and measurement analysis. Simple metrology concepts and the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerance are also covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 143.

PLT 221. Master Molder I. 3 Credits.

The reciprocating screw injection molding machine, the components of injection molding machines, the molding cycle, melting and flow theory including gate seal-off, basic troubleshooting, and process effects are examined. Students will have hands-on laboratory experience and will be responsible for a class presentation.

PLT 222. Master Molder II. 2 Credits.

This course covers the concepts of electrical troubleshooting of injection molding machines and associated equipment. Familiarization with basic electricity symbols, blueprint reading, meters used for troubleshooting, conventional and solid ladder diagrams, schematics, and troubleshooting is stressed. Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) are examined.

PLT 223. Production Design. 3 Credits.

This course examines the interrelation of materials processing, product design, and function. Fundamentals of the 3D prototype in manufacturing within the industries of plastics, machining, fabrication, and/or casting will be explored. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 143.

PLT 224. Principles of Supervision. 3 Credits.

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the production team and to strengthen values and skills related to key supervisory functions. The principles and topics addressed include production design, work simplification, inventory, quality, cost control, problem solving, decision making, leadership, management ethics, and communication. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 092 (or placement).

PLT 226. Materials Design And Application. 3 Credits.

This course provides coverage of materials, design, and text methodology. Material properties, characteristics, and applications. A discussion of polymer blends and compounds using fillers, additives, and reinforcing fibers may be included. Property identification and the associated test procedures are reviewed with hands-on testing provided for the major properties. In addition, product design techniques and applications are discussed to complement the discussion of materials. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 143.

PLT 227. Hydraulics And Pneumatics. 3 Credits.

This course provides a theoretical and practical study of hydraulics and pneumatics, the modern means of power transmission. This course surveys component design and function with emphasis on problem definitions and solutions. Following an introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics, students will be exposed to valves, pumps, circuits, and hydraulic system troubleshooting. Utilization of a mechatronics training system may be used. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) fundamentals will be explored along with workplace ethics. Prerequisites: ENG 101 (or co-requisite), MAT 092 (or placement).