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Course Meeting Information:

Course Meeting Location: 

This course will be delivered in a hybrid format; with approximately 50% of the content delivered online in live instructor-led sessions and the remaining 50% on-campus in our manufacturing and computer lab.

Online Session Location:  Canvas (access provided upon registration)

Lab Session Location: 

  • HCC Brandon Campus, Manufacturing Center,
  • 10451 NANCY WATKINS DR. Tampa, FL
  • BSSB 201/214

Meeting Days: TBD

Meeting Times: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course?

Instructor Information:

David Miller -

Overview - Course Abstract:

Students will learn Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems along with Tools, Meters and Test Equipment. Mechatronics combines mechanical, electronic and computer technologies to create automated, 'intelligent' machinery and robotics that improve the efficiency, safety and productivity of manufacturing (and other) processes. Successful students will have the opportunity to earn up to 4 PMMI Certifications (Fluid Power 1, Industrial Electricity 1, Mechanical Components 1, and Programmable Logic Controllers - PLCs 1).

Objective - Result:

Prepare students for employment opportunities as a maintenance or PLC technician.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fluid power systems based on PMMI Fluid Power 1 standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mechanical drive components based on PMMI Mechanical Components 1 standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to trouble shoot Program Logic Controller systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to trouble shoot robotics systems.

The PMMI Mechatronics Certifications are based on industry-developed standards and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System. Successful completion of training and all 4 certification exams of this program articulates as 12 college credits into HCC’s Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology and is stackable with HCC’s Certified Production Technician program. All testing is proctored by Hillsborough Community College. 

Training is delivered by Hillsborough Community College instructors, in partnership with PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute and The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), to offer the following four (4) Industry Certifications and Exams (Mandatory). 



Mechatronics Certification – Fluid Power 1: This certificate covers the function, operation, and application of common components used in fluid power circuits and systems. It also assesses the understanding of how fluid power components and accessories are placed together to create circuits and systems for powering industrial machines.  The major emphasis is on pneumatics with a lesser emphasis on hydraulics and vacuum systems.  Electro-fluid power troubleshooting is emphasized. Topics include: Circuits and logic, compressors and conditioners, connectors, directional control valves, electro-fluid power, filters, fittings, flow control & relief valves, gages and instruments, hoses, lubricators, metal tubing, motors, pressure sequence valves, pump and reservoir, regulators, safety, theory, threaded pipe, troubleshooting & testing, an vacuum. This certificate test is intended for entry-level mechanics, technicians and technologists who will be involved in the application, installation, modification or troubleshooting of Fluid Power systems.

Mechatronics Certification – Industrial Electricity 1: This certificate covers basic safety practices for voltages up to 600 volts and knowledge of voltage, current and power in AC and DC circuits, circuit analysis of series and parallel loads, and basic understanding of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. It applies these fundamentals to simple applications that would be found in residential, light commercial and simple industrial use. Candidates should be able to interpret and troubleshoot circuits used for lighting, across the line 3 phase motor starting, and simple relay logic with devices such as control transformers, fuses & circuit breakers, pushbuttons & selector switches, pilot lights & alarm devices, solenoids, 3 phase motor starters, motor overloads, limit switches, and combinations of control relays to perform basic logic functions. Candidates should be familiar with simple wiring practices for using these devices and with component level troubleshooting of these devices. A basic knowledge of industrial electricity is needed to understand the basic operation of all type of commercial and industrial equipment and to gain further knowledge of more complex packaging machines and systems. This basic knowledge of industrial electricity would be expected of an entry level electrician working in facilities maintenance or assisting in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

Mechatronics Certification – Mechanical Components 1: This certificate covers the principles and applications of the most commonly found mechanical drive components as used in packaging machinery and systems. Topics include simple mechanical power transmission devices such as shafts, belts, chains, cams and gears with an emphasis on application and troubleshooting. An understanding of simple mechanical components provides the background necessary to explore more complex systems of components used on all types of packaging equipment. This certificate is aimed at entry level technicians who may be involved in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

Mechatronics Certification – Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 1: This certificate covers the principles and applications of the different types of logic and programming used to control package machinery and systems. Topics include hardware and software composition of control systems, input/output interfacing, basic logic commands and common programming instructions.