PCC Launches New Mechatronics Program
For Spring 2018, Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus is offering various classes in the emerging field of Mechatronics – courses leading to a Mechatronics Technician certificate. Mechatronics combines the study of mechanical, electrical, engineering, robotic and control systems, as well as computer science. It prepares you for employment as an automation engineer technician, an electronics assembly technician or a maintenance and instrumentation technician. Find links to PCC’s class schedules at pima.edu/schedule. The subject code for Mechatronics classes is MCT.
These are the people in a factory or shop who “keep the automated production line up and running,” said Charlie Perkins, lead faculty for the new program. An experienced technician with an associate degree can expect to make about $50,000 annually, he said.
Creative Writing Opportunities
Learn the tools and techniques to bring your stories to life
PCC offers several ways to spark your interest in creative writing or sharpen your skills as an aspiring author. Each semester, Pima hosts a Creative Writing Weekend Workshop led by professional writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. PCC writing instructor TC Tolbert will lead a poetry writing workshop March 2-4 at Pima’s West Campus. Find Pima class schedules at pima.edu/schedule. The course number is WRT 298T2, the CRN is 23760.
Tolbert is an accomplished transgender and genderqueer author of numerous publications, including “Gephyromania,” which was selected as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2014 by Entropy. Tolbert also is co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and serves as Tucson’s 2017 Poet Laureate.
Computer-Aided Design with 3-D Printers
Do you know CAD and SOLIDWORKS? Enroll in CAD 270 at Downtown Campus and use its new 3-D printers to develop your skills in Rapid Prototyping. Instructors are industry professionals. Classes start Jan. 16. Call 520.206.7134 to see if you qualify to take the class.
For more information on PCC’s courses in fiction, nonfiction and poetry writing: