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Robotics Tech-Explorer Education Path

Students inspired by the CACT Tech-Explorer projects may be interested in considering careers in design, electronics, engineering, Mechatronics, manufacturing or other related fields.

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Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering
CNC Apprenticeships in Canada
Department of Labor Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program
National Institute for Metal Working Skills Apprenticeship and certification guidelines
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students
Society of Manufacturing Engineers promotes apprenticeships

Examples of education paths at Sierra College and CSU Chico are listed below.
Engineering Support Technology at Sierra College
Mechatronics at Sierra College Mechatronics at CSU Chico
Manufacturing Technology at CSU Chico

AA or AS in Engineering Support Technology
A.A. and A.S. degrees as well as certificates can be earned in the Design Drafting Program. The certificate programs do not satisfy A.A. /A.S. degree requirements but do qualify students for a certificate in the field of study. Check with the college for the most up-to-date information on classes and requirements.

COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING SPECIALIST— A.A. OR A.S. DEGREE ARCHITECTURAL CONCENTRATION
Successful completion of the curriculum in Computer-Aided Drafting Specialist, Architectural Concentration, prepares students for entry-level positions as drafting technician, interior designer, kitchen/bath designer, and architectural illustrator. Students must fulfill major requirements and all Associate Degree Requirements for the A.A. /A.S. degree. A certificate is designed to provide vocational skills; it is not equivalent to an A.A. or A.S. degree.

REQUIRED COURSES
D.D. 8 Technical Drafting I - 3 Units
D.D. 9 Technical Drafting II - 3 Units
D.D. 11 Architectural Drawing I - 4 Units
D.D. 12 Architectural Drawing II - 3 Units
D.D. 35B Computer-Aided Drafting IB -3 Units
D.D. 64 Introduction to Digital Graphics - 3 Units
D.D. 65 Kitchen and Bath Design - 3 Units
D.D. 95 Internship in Design Drafting - .5-4 Units
C.T.R. 44 Conventional Framing - 3 Units
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 25.5-29
Recommended Electives: C.T.R. 42 and C.T.R. 52

COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING SPECIALIST—
A.A. OR A.S. DEGREE
MECHANICAL CONCENTRATION
The Computer-Aided Drafting Specialist, Mechanical Concentration, prepares students for entry-level positions as drafting technician, engineering aide, and detailer. Students must fulfill major requirements and all Associate Degree Requirements for the A.A. /A.S. degree. A certificate is designed to provide vocational skills; it is not equivalent to an A.A. or A.S. degree.

REQUIRED COURSES
D.D. 8 Technical Drafting I - 3 Units
D.D. 9 Technical Drafting II - 3 Units
D.D. 10 Technical Drafting III - 3 Units
D.D. 35B Computer-Aided Drafting IB - 3 Units
D.D. 39 Three-Dimensional Modeling - 3 Units
D.D. 40 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - 3 Units
D.D. 64 Introduction to Digital Graphics - 3 Units
D.D. 95 Internship in Design Drafting - .5-4 Units
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 21.5-25

AS or AA in Mechatronics
Sierra College offers certificates and degrees in Mechatrnics. To learn more, go to: www.realskillsrealjobs.com or http://www.sierracollege.edu/Programs/cte/files/computer.html  Check with the college for the most up-to-date information on classes and requirements.

COMPUTER INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS—
A.A. OR A.S. DEGREE
MECHATRONICS CONCENTRATION
Successful completion of the curriculum in the concentration of Mechatronics Technology prepares students for positions in businesses and industries that manufacture, utilize or repair equipment incorporating electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics and programming.  Students must fulfill major requirements and all Associate Degree Requirements for the A.A./A.S. degree.

REQUIRED COURSES
C.I.E.  4  Fundamentals of Mechatronics – 4 Units
C.I.E. 10 Fundamentals of Computer Integrated Electronics - 4 Units
C.I.E. 14 Fabrication Techniques I - 2 Units
C.I.E. 25 Personal Computer Configuration and Repair (also C.S.T. 25) - 4 Units
C.I.E. 44 Mechatronic Processes and Materials - 2 Units
C.I.E. 54 Mechatronic Systems - 4 Units
C.I.E. 90 Microcontroller Embedded Systems - 4 Units
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 24
Recommended sequence of courses: C.I.E. 4, C.I.E. 10, C.I.E. 14, C.I.E. 25/C.S.T. 25, C.I.E. 44, C.I.E. 54, C.I.E. 90

BS in Mechatronics
Check with the univeristy for the most up-to-date information on classes and requirements.
For more information about earning a BS in Mechatronics at CSU Chico, go to:  http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/__depts/mem/BS_Mechatronic_Engineering/index.html

BS in Manufacturing Technology
Students pursuing a BS in Manufacturing Technology may want to take the following courses in Community College:
Financial Accounting 1 & 2
Chemistry 1 & 2
Fundamentals of Economics 1 & 2
Fundamentals of Computer Integrated Electronics
Math – Elementary Statistics
Math - Pre-calculus
General Physics 1 & 2
(Check with the university for the most up-to-date information on classes and requirements.)

 

At a four year University, a student may continue on with these lower division courses:
Graphics 1 & 2 plus lab
Manufacturing process
Graphic applications for manufacturing
Introduction to Plastics
Polymer Materials
Material Removal
(Check with the university for the most up-to-date information on classes and requirements.)

For more information about earning a BS in Manufacturing Technology at CSU Chico, go to CSU Chico Curriculum page.

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