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Mechatronics Program at Night

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MVCC Mechatronics Certificate Program at Nights

Statement of Goals

The goal of this is to outline a reasonable and doable plan for a working person to complete the MVCC Mechatronic Certificate Program, while working a day job, in two years, or four semesters of part-time, evening attendance at MVCC. Many of the students in the program are currently working in manufacturing, while many others are returning adult students who might be otherwise obligated during the days.

It is also necessary to make the program assessable to traditional (daytime) students.

It is also necessary to keep the daytime program assessable in such a manner as to allow a full-time student to complete the program in one year, entering either in the Fall or the Spring semester. Thus, all courses in the program must run in both Spring and Fall semesters.

Background

MVCC’s Mechatronics Certificate was launched in the Fall of 2015, to prepare students for employment in Automated Manufacturing processes, particular with an eye towards supporting the emerging Nanotechnology industries in the Mohawk Valley. The original scope of the program was envisioned as supporting 12 to 16 students. This enrollment goal was quickly surpassed.

During the Spring of 2016, the program was essentially doubled in capacity, by introducing the availability of both Fall and Spring entering cohorts. Classes still typically experience good enrollment.

Limitations

The program is currently staffed by one full-time Instructor, who is currently on a Term appointment, although the position is currently advertised as tenure-track. Additionally, another of the Instructors heavily involved in the program is slated to be moved into teaching in the UAV program.

Proposals

As a result of the limitations described above, it is possible to offer most of the courses at night, but not all of them. It is proposed to offer those few remaining courses at night on a rotational basis, rather than simply rolling over the previous years’ schedule. The following is an outline of how a non-traditional student, working during the day, would potentially be able to complete the program in two semesters of part-time attendance, provided they enter the program in the Fall.

Program

Fall

ET 111 to be offered at night in all years. A student must attend Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.
MT 149 to be offered at night in all years. A student must attend Mondays 6-9 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
MA 105 to be offered at night in all years. A student will have the choice to attend on either Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays, also 6:30-9:30 p.m.
MT 155 (an elective) to be offered at night in all years. A student must attend on Wednesdays, from 5-8 p.m., in addition to an Internet section.
BM 150 (an elective) is not part of the STEM department, but in the past has been offered in the Fall and Spring, as an Internet course.
ET 127 is currently offered on Fridays, from 4-9 p.m., in all years. It is recommended that this remain thus. The alternative would be to schedule it over two nights, which would conflict with the above offerings, plus it would require a student to come into the college two, rather than the current one, day per week.

Spring

ET 104 to be offered at night in all years. A student must attend Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
ET 131 is a hybrid course. A lab section will be offered at night in all years. A student must attend Mondays, 6-10 p.m.
MT 139 to be offered on Saturdays, in all years. A student must attend from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a one hour break for luncheon. While this is not nights, it is recommended to keep to this, as Saturdays are usually off for a day workers, and this course would otherwise require two or even three nights, and could interfere with other courses.
MA 105 to be offered also in the Spring at nights. Mondays and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.
ET 251 This is the thorny one. It currently meets only in the days. It is proposed to offer the lecture and one of the lab sections on Tuesdays, requiring attendance from 6-9 p.m. This would occur in the Spring of years ending in an even number. That is, it would be offered in the current daytime slot in the Spring of 2017, nights in 2018, and days in the Spring of 2019. This could be easily changed if additional staff were added.
MT 107 (an elective) to be offered in all years, Mondays, 5-9:30 p.m.
__BM 150 (an elective) is not part of the STEM department, but in the past has been offered in the Fall and Spring, as an Internet course

Thus, a student entering in the Fall of 2016, and wishing to compete the program at night, might be advised with the following plan:

Fall 2016

ET 111: Tuesday and Wednesday nights
MA 105: Monday and Thursday nights
BM 150: (elective) Internet


Spring 2017

ET 104: Thursday night
ET 131: Monday night
BM 150: (elective) Internet


Fall 2017

ET 127: Friday, late afternoon and night.
MT 149: Monday and Thursday nights.
MT 155: (elective) Wednesday night.
BM 150: (elective) Internet

Spring 2018

MT 139: Saturday
ET 251: Tuesday night.
MT 107: (elective) Monday night.
BM 150: (elective) Internet


Respectfully Submitted,

Alan B. Chace, L.S., Acting Asst. Dean, STEM
23 March 2016