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Mechatronics Courses

Besides the list of Mechatronic courses listed below, partnerships with in-house benchmark  programs will be a strong point of the mechatronics engineering technology program at CAL U. The benchmark in-house programs that will aid in the curricular foundation for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology are the accredited (TAC-ABET) Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology programs, ATMAE accredited Technology Management program, and the CAC of ABET Computer Science program. There are 34 credits from these stellar programs that are required in the mechatronics engineering technology program.

MTR 300 Manufacturing Processes:

The course covers various methods of processing metals, plastics, ceramics, and composite materials with emphasis to the major processes used in manufacturing today: casting and molding, forming, separating, conditioning, assembling, and finishing.  A final section provides students with an introduction to product design and process selection. (3 crs.) Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. Prerequisite: MAT 199, ITE 215

MTR 310 Principles of Automatic Control:

This course covers key concepts of industrial control. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of industrial control principles including: instruments circuits, components and control techniques. The primary focus is on operation principles and the measurement devices. The student will have already learned basic electronic principles in DC/AC Circuits and Digital Fundamentals. (3 crs.) Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. Prerequisite: EET 160, CET 235

MTR 320 Statics:

This course will emphasize the study of forces acting on rigid bodies at rest. Concepts of force, moment, couple, force components, force resultants, concentrated and distributed loads, basics of static equilibrium of machines and structures, friction, centroids and moments of inertia will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the concept of developing free Body Diagrams for simple mechanical structures and their resultant force equilibrium solutions. Lecture. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MAT 191 or higher

MTR 325 Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers:

The course offers students the opportunity to design, program, test, and troubleshoot a PLC in the controlling of a mechatronic system. The course covers the component parts of a programmable logic controller, their function, and interrelationship. PLC input/output systems and requirements are examined. Ladder logic programming using I/O instructions, logic instructions, timers, counters, sequencers, comparison, and zone control and math functions are covered in-depth. Sequence of PLC operation, hardware installation, troubleshooting, safety requirements, and industrial applications of PLCs are also introduced. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MTR 310

MTR 330 Dynamics:

This course will cover the dynamics of particles and rigid (planar) bodies. Topics will include: position, velocity, acceleration analysis, Newton’s second law, power, energy and momentum. Analytical and graphical methods will be used to solve for velocities and accelerations of machine parts. Elementary concepts related to the design of linkages using the method of relative velocity and acceleration will be addressed. Computer software will be used to simulate motions and analyze student build models of dynamic systems. Lecture. (3crs.) Prerequisite: PHY 122, MAT 292, MTR 320

MTR 335 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers and Integration:

The course provides students with additional and more advanced skills in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Students will learn how to program and apply zone control techniques, data transfer, math functions, and data communications. Also covered are sequencers, analog I/O, the use of HMIs, programming special function modules, process control, and I/O bus networks. In addition to ladder logic programming, sequential function chart and function block programming will be used to program a PLC.  Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MTR 325

MTR 340 Fluid Power:

This course covers the principles and the importance of pressure, flow, speed, and efficiency rating factors. Explaining the advantage of fluid power, it provides examples of applications. Hydraulic pumps (gear, vane, and piston) are examined, as are valves, the concept of flow capacity, features and principles of linear and rotary actuators, and types of fluid conductors, connectors and filters. Other topics covered will include: fluid properties; manometry laws; fluid statics; fluid statics; buoyancy and stability of submerged objects; continuity equations; Bernoulli’s principle and modifications for pumps and turbines; viscosity; Reynolds’s number; Darcy’s equation; Moody’s diagram; series pipeline system, and pressure and flow measuring techniques. All lecture topics will be complemented by appropriate lab experiments. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (3 crs.) Prerequisite: MAT 282, MTR 320, PHY 122

MTR 370 Properties and Strength of Materials:

This course will provide survey of materials used in industry and their physical and chemical principles as they relate to structure, properties, corrosion, and engineering applications. An introductory level in stress analysis will include: shear and bending moment diagrams, Hook’s Law as it relates to normal and shear stress and strain, stresses in bolted connections, shear stress and angle of twist in shafts, normal and shear stress in beams, and the concepts of safety. Additional topics covered will include bending stresses, shear stresses, combined stresses, Mohr circle, beam deflection, stress concentration factors and fluctuating loads (qualitative discussion only). All lecture topics will be complemented by appropriate lab experiments. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (4crs.) Prerequisite: PHY 122, MAT 292, MTR 320

MTR 400 Machine Design Elements and Kinematics:

This course covers the methods and theory of practical machine design with basic kinematics. The course will integrate the knowledge of Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials and Engineering Materials in the Design process.  The topics will include materials selection, load, stress, strain, deflection, fatigue and failure theories, design of shafts, keys, couplings, bearings, springs, screws, fasteners, and linkages. All Design topics will be supplemented by appropriate case problems. The application of computer-aided design software to analyze design problems will be demonstrated. An introduction to finite element analysis software and application will be presented in this course. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MTR 330, MTR 370.

MTR 410 Process Control:

This course identifies process as the central factor in plant automation and develops theory and practice to present the parameters of good dynamic performance. Approaches are presented for measurement selection, process/modification, control structure design and algorithm tuning to achieve good performance over a range of operating conditions. The sequence of topics: modeling, single-loop control and tuning, enhancements, multi-loop control, and design will build the students' ability to analyze increasingly complex systems, culminating in multi-loop control design. (3crs.) Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. Prerequisite: Upper Level Senior Status

MTR 420 Computer Integrated Manufacturing:

This course will cover conventional and computer-integrated manufacturing processes. Students will develop an understanding of the manufacturing processes used to make products, the application and potential benefits of automation and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) concepts. This course provides the student with information on the way computer based systems support the operation of a manufacturing business. The course is designed to give the student an integrated hands-on experience with tools and systems used in industry. Special attention is given to computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided process planning (CAPP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial robots and supporting technologies including automated data capture. Concepts will be reinforced using industrial software and hardware. Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MTR 410

MTR 445 Senior Project Proposal:

A capstone course in the Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MTR) area where the students are required to propose a MET related project (problem statement and solution) they wish to pursue for completion later in their program of study. In this course, the students will research various design and/ or manufacturing issues connected with MTR. This course is intended to help students formulate a problem statement in the MTR area for solution in a later class.  An interdisciplinary approach with other Engineering Technology programs is highly recommended with the problem statement formulation. (1 cr.) Prerequisite: Upper Level Senior status

MTR 450 Senior Project:

This course is a continuation of MET 400 where a proposal was submitted to address a mechatronics engineering technology project. Students will work in teams on “open-ended” design or the manufacturing project proposed earlier. Students are given the opportunity in this course to realize original and creative solution to engineering problems. Students are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and may want to perform the project under direction of one or more faculty. Course requirement will include oral presentations on progress throughout the semester with a required final comprehensive technical report in the end. Three hours of lab. (3crs.) Prerequisite: MTR 445

MTR 495 Mechatronics Engineering Technology Internship:

Student interns are placed with an industrial, corporate, or governmental organization that most nearly approximates their goals for mechatronics engineering technology employment. The intent of the internship is to provide students with practical work experience solving actual problems in a dynamic environment, yielding enhanced job opportunities upon graduation. Students must follow the step-by-step procedure as outlined at the CAL U Intern site ( For more information, contact the Internship Center at 724-938-1578. Enrollment in Internship Intent, advisor, and department chairperson and dean approval is required before course enrollment. (3crs.) Fall, Spring and Summer. Prerequisite: Upper Level Senior status and permission of instructor.