Kirtland Community College Classes


What is mechatronics?  Combining mechanical and electrical skills!  Mechatronics has been identified as one of the 10 emerging technologies that will change the world.  This in-demand industry cluster specializes in the repair and maintenance of manufacturing equipment, operation systems and the related computer programming components that keep businesses operating efficiently and cost effectively. 


The first half of this yearlong class will expose you to basic electricity and controls and programmable logic controllers.  Learn relevant fundamentals of AC/DC electrical systems, safety, electrical circuits, measurement, circuit analysis, inductance, capacitance and transformers.  Relay logic control circuits are present for students to understand in commercial and industrial applications.  Additional concepts include solenoid valves, sequencing controls, time delay functions, proximity sensors, photo electric sensors and Hall-effect sensors.  During the second half of the class you will learn how to program, operate and interface the SLC500/01 programmable controller and RSLinx PLC programmable software in a variety of industrial applications.  Students will also learn industry-relevant skills including PLC orientation, operation, programming, motor control, discrete I/O interfacing, event sequencing, application development, timer instructions and counter instructions.


Students will have the opportunity to earn 7.8 college credits.



MAKE SOME SPARKS!!! Anything made of metal, no matter how big or small, can be welded. Examples are everywhere, from vehicles like cars, trucks and motorcycles to rail cars, ships, aircraft, rockets, space stations and medical instruments. Construction is a huge market, and skyscrapers, bridges and highways would be impossible to build without welding, as would oil and natural-gas pipelines, offshore oil platforms, giant wind turbines and solar panels. Welders help install and maintain boilers, antipollution systems and other large structures, as well as piping for industrial, commercial and residential facilities. Welding is even used by artists to create sculptures and decorative items.


Welding, sometimes described more as an art than as a craft, is a modern profession with many faces and levels. It should not be surprising that it appeals to many young and not so young people, male and female alike.


In this yearlong class you will be exposed to skills necessary to weld, braze and cut metal using oxygen and acetylene.  Other cutting processes such as plasma arc cutting and carbon arc gouging will also be taught.  Students will learn how to weld using the shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core welding processes.  Students will also learn the skills necessary to fabricate a variety of projects using drilling, rolling, forming, bending and cutting techniques.  Students will learn how to calculate material sizes needed to accommodate bend radius, saw and torch kerf.  This course will meet the Michigan standards for a required Visual, Performing & Applied Arts credit.


Students will have the opportunity to earn 7 college credits.


Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) provide care to injured and ill patients outside of medical facilities and hospitals. EMTs evaluate a person's health and provide appropriate medical care until the injured person can be taken to a hospital to receive treatment. This profession can be physically and emotionally demanding

This yearlong class is approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health and will prepare you to take the National Registry Basic EMT Certification Exam upon completion (must be 18 years of age).   Students will learn the role and responsibilities of an emergency medical technician in providing emergency care.  This program covers anatomy and physiology, initial patient survey and triage, airway management, oxygen therapy, and treatment of bleeding shock, cardiac arrest, fractures, spinal injuries and other medical emergencies.  Additional areas of study include automated external defibrillation, multi-lumen airways and general pharmacology.  Students will have clinical experiences in both pre-hospital and hospital settings.  Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours in the hospital emergency room and at a pre-hospital life support agency.

Students have the opportunity to earn 11 college credits.

Students must be 18 years of age upon completion of class and meet the college math and reading requirements to enter.




The Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) Machinist program teaches the beginning skills needed to enter the workforce and be successful in today's manufacturing industry.  Skills include proficiency in manual metal working machines including vertical mills, lathes, surface grinders and drill presses.  The CNC portion of the curriculum gives students fundamental knowledge of programming skills on milling machines and turning centers.  Students also learn about precision measuring tools and the Machinery's Handbook.   Students successfully completing this class can go on to complete the certificate program that will qualify them for gainful employment as a Machinist, CNC Machinist/Programmer or Toolmaker.


Students have the opportunity to earn 12 college credits.