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Mechanical Automation Systems Engineering  

5 Credits

Prerequisites: None, other than a strong interest in multi-disciplined mechanics and electrical/electronic systems)

This course focuses on the mechanical principles of electromechanical automation (mechatronics) and each student builds computer controlled milling machines (CNC) to learn how to apply these concepts. Our ultimate intent in our automation series of courses is to have students not only be proficient in the obvious electronic component of robotics but the mechanical fabrication process as well.

Nearly each part of these machines are designed in CATIA and milled on our own CNC machines in class. These are not kits and students will have an intimate understanding of all elements in this system. These skills can translate into many areas such as robotic technicians and maintenance, automation design, and tool fabrication.

Topics include:
Lecture and Study
  • History of Automation
  • Automatons, Animatronics and Robots
  • Mechanical Systems and Simple Machines
  • Law, Theories and Principles - Engineering basics
  • Current and Emerging Technologies
  • What is CNC and how to operate
  • Stepper motors
  • Breakout boards and controllers
  • Hardware drivers and motor control
  • Wiring
  • Motor torque requirements
  • Various controller software (specifically open source)
  • Framework fabrication and assembly (wood working and possible welding)
  • Drive mechanics (Gearing, chain drives, cabling, etc)
  • Electrical systems (wiring, cable management, motor polarity)
  • Computer system installation
  • Controller software configuration and calibration
  • 3D design
  • 3D printing (several small pieces we actually design and print)

Shop Skills and Tools
  • Basic CNC mill operation
  • De-burring parts
  • Sanding and Polishing various materials
  • Die Grinder
  • Drill Press
  • Hand Drills
  • Dremel Tools
  • Tapping Threads
  • Basic Measurement (Tape Measure, scale)
  • Metric Measurement and Conversions
  • Basic Precision Measuring Tools (Calipers, Micrometers)
  • Advanced Precision Measuring Tools (123 Blocks, Depths Gauge, Angle Measurement, Parallels)
  • Basic Mathematics (Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Decimals)
  • Tolerance design for fit and function

* This is a very unique course that covers a broad range of skills so be prepared for several different areas of study. Computer hardware, electrical, mechanical motion, wood working, welding, software, 3D printing, 3D design and machining are all a potential part of this process of automation.

Student CNC Gallery
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  • Make payment online (Boeing people say PO or Check and write in "Boeing"
  • Complete a credit registration form. E-mail form to or fax 425-267-5749

  • Call The BTC (425-640-1840) and give them the number of the class you wish to register for

Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.

The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education for over 17 years.


Mechanical Automation Systems Engineering
Item: M355  Credits: 5.00  DAMIAN CIANCI, BRENDON SEAVER
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: WATR Center  0149
Sessions: 20 Tu Th 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
9/4/2018 - 11/8/2018 Fee: $4,300.00

Mechanical Automation Systems Engineering  -- CLASS IS IN SESSION --
Item: M170  Credits: 5.00  DAMIAN CIANCI, BRENDON SEAVER
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Location: WATR Center  0149
Sessions: 20 Tu Th 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
6/26/2018 - 8/30/2018