Aug. 22, 2019
A $2,500 gift from the U.S. Bank Foundation allowed students in Roane State’s mechatronics program to create two training devices for future classes.
Students assembled two small training units so incoming students can learn basic concepts such as electrical and mechanical components as well as pneumatics and Programmable Logic Controllers.
The units are portable, so they can be transported to high schools with dual enrollment classes.
Assembling the units allowed the students to study manufacturing design and improvement processes in a mechatronics system using automation for real-world applications.
Gordon Williams, mechatronics program director, expressed appreciation for the gift from U.S. Bank Foundation.
“This capstone project allowed our students to study manufacturing design and improvement processes in a mechatronics system using automation for real world applications,” Williams said. “They practiced teamwork to design, build, test and improve these devices.”
Roane State’s mechatronics course prepares students for a career in advanced manufacturing. For more information, visit roanestate.edu/mechatronics or contact Williams at (865) 354-3000 ext. 4899 or [email protected]
Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has campuses in Crossville, Harriman, Huntsville, Jamestown, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Wartburg.
For more information, visit roanestate.edu or call (865) 882-4554.
Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at roanestate.edu/reconnect.
Caption: Roane State mechatronics students Phil Hamby, right, and Zach Shearman, help put together a training device that will be used by future students.