Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Earn a high-impact engineering technology degree at Cal U.

From creating robots to engineering anti-lock brakes, learn to create smart machines and innovative solutions with a bachelor's degree in mechatronics engineering technology from California University of Pennsylvania.

 A unique program in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, Cal U's four-year undergraduate mechatronics degree blends classroom theory with hands-on learning. Courses combine mechanical, electrical and computing technology with automated control and information systems, preparing you for a top career in the engineering, design and manufacturing industries.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Key Partnerships: Cal U's mechatronics degree program maintains international partnerships with Siemens AG, a multinational powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering; and FESTO, a leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology. Cal U also has partnerships with Rockwell Automation and ANSYS.

Top Standards: Cal U's mechatronics engineering technology program was designed around standards set by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC of ABET), with input from an industrial advisory board and Cal U faculty. The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org

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Cal U's mechatronics degree program is the first and only program of its kind in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, and the only Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology in Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Manufacturing projects 300 to 600 job openings per year through 2020
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Degree Benefits

As a mechatronics engineering technology major you will:

  • Gain hands-on technical skills in lab and internship settings, working with the latest equipment in the field.
  • Learn how to specify, design, deploy, implement, troubleshoot and maintain mechatronic systems.
  • Benefit from the experience of top professors who are active in today's industries.
  • Get career support from program faculty and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, mechatronics is a high-priority career and employment opportunities are growing fast. This degree will prepare you to become a mechatronics engineering technologist working with "smart" devices that incorporate mechanical, electrical, computer and software components, such as robots, automated guided systems and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment. Program alumni excel in careers in:

  • Advanced manufacturing and robotics.
  • Telecommunications and information services.
  • Agriculture, food and forestry.
  • Green energy.Biotechnology, life science and medical equipment design.
  • Transportation and logistics.
  • Homeland security and defense.
Mechatronics Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree

Study Mechatronics at Cal U?

Get an inside look into Cal U's dynamic mechatronics degree program. In this video you'll hear professor insights, learn about real student experiences and discover why mechatronics is considered a high-impact field in global industries.

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Mechatronics Lab Facilities

Cal U's mechatronics engineering technology program is based on a rich history of providing students with relevant, hands-on activities. Our on-campus mechatronics laboratory facilities include FESTO modular LearnLine laboratory stations and FESTO MPS (Modular Production System) integrative systems that enable you to work with components, systems and technology to reinforce concepts covered in class lectures.

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Internships

At Cal U you'll have the opportunity to participate in an internship in an industrial, corporate or governmental organization that is in line with your goals for mechatronics engineering employment. The internship will provide you with practical on-the-job experience solving actual problems in a dynamic environment, yielding enhanced career opportunities upon graduation.

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Bachelor Degree Courses

Cal U's interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in mechatronics engineering technology includes courses in mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering, computer and software engineering, and control engineering.

Curriculum

Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
1
Composition
ENG 101  English Composition I
3
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
3
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 281  Calculus I
3
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
3
Technological Literacy
CSC 120  Problem Solving and Programming Constructs
3
Humanities
Any Humanities Course
3
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
3
Natural Sciences
PHY 121  General Physics I
4
Social Sciences
ECO 201  Introduction to Microeconomics
3
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ITE 305  OSHA General and Industrial Safety
  • MAT 199  Pre-Calculus (see program notes)
  • ENG 217  Scientific and Technical Writing
12
   
Required Major Courses 56
EET110  Electric Circuits I 4
EET 160  Electric Circuits II 4
EET 215  Introduction to Instrumentation 3
CET 235  Digital Electronics Design 4
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MTR 300  Manufacturing Processes 3
MTR 310  Principles of Automatic Control 3
MTR 320  Statics 3
MTR 325  Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers 3
MTR 330  Dynamics 3
MTR 335  Advanced PLCs and Integration 3
MTR 340  Fluid Power 3
MTR 370  Properties and Strength of Materials 4
MTR 400  Machine Design Elements and Kinematics 3
MTR 410  Process Control 3
MTR 420  Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 3
MTR 445  Senior Project Proposal 1
MTR 450  Senior Project 3
   
Required Related (Cognate Area of Study) Courses 20
PHY 122  General Physics II 4
CSC 124  Computer Programming I 3
GET 130  Introduction to Engineering Technology 3
EET 325  Introduction to Electric Power 4
ITE 375  Principles of Production 3
ITE 215  CAD I 3
   
Related (Technical) Electives 3
Select a course from the following:
  • MTR 495  Mechatronics Internship (4 credits)
  • ITE 460  Principles of Manufacturing (3 credits)
  • ITE 385  Industrial Cost Estimating (3 credits)
  • CIS 341  CISCO CCNA 1 (4 credits)
  • CET 335  Microprocessor Interfacing (4 credits)
  • CET 270  Introduction to Microprocessor Design (4 credits)
  • RET 260  Robotics Systems Project (3 credits)
  • RET 210  Robotic Teaming (3 credits)
  • CIS 354  Systems Project Management (3 credits)
  • Other course approved by adviser
3
   
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): MTR 400 Machine Design Elements and Kinematics
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): MTR 420 Computer Integrated Manufacturing AND MTR 445 Senior Proposal / MTR 450 Senior Project
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): MTR 410 Process Control

Program Notes

  • "Required Related (Cognate Area of Study) Courses" are required to meet ETAC of ABET criteria 1, 2, 3 and 5.
  • MAT 181 (College Algebra, 3 credits) and MAT 191 (College Trigonometry, 3 credits) may be substituted for MAT 199, if math placement test does not permit direct entry into Pre-Calculus or if student desires a less intense math coverage.
  • Students must complete 42 credits in upper-division coursework (300- and 400-level courses).

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Objectives and Student Outcomes

Mission Statement


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology is to prepare graduates for technically oriented careers in which they apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of automated systems (computer-controlled with embedded electronics, sensors and actuators). This degree is a significant component of the University's commitment to building character and careers of our students-integrating teamwork/leadership skills and preparing students for lifelong learning and assuming personal responsibility for applying the highest professional and ethical standards to global issues related to the field.

Accreditation


The Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Program Standards


Cal U’s mechtronics engineering technology program was designed around standards set by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, with input from an industrial advisory board and California University faculty and has received ETAC-ABET accreditation.

Educational Objectives


Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Objectives for the mechatronics engineering technology program at Cal U are:

  • Communicate effectively in the professional environment in individual and group situations.
  • Translate customer requirements and effectively integrate multiple mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Participate in lifelong learning to maintain technically current in the profession.
  • Specify, design, deploy, implement, troubleshoot, and maintain mechatronic systems.
  • Apply appropriate strategies to maintain professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the workplace and include a respect for diversity.
  • Work effectively in individual and group oriented settings.
  • Analyze the produced system and formulate its economic impacts on the overall organization.
  • Apply safety to all aspects of work.
Student Outcomes


Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Student outcomes for the mechatronics engineering technology program at Cal U are:

  • Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools in mechatronics engineering technology.
  • Apply concepts of circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, automation and controls, motors, electric drives, power systems, instrumentation, and computers to aid in the design, characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of mechatronics systems.
  • Use advanced principles of statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards, and manufacturing processes to aid in the design, characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of mechatronics systems.
  • Use differential and integral calculus in the characterization and analysis of mechatronics systems.
  • Apply problem solving skills, including the ability to identify problems, conduct experiments, gather data, analyze data, and produce results.
  • Use appropriate computer languages and application software that pertain to mechatronics engineering technology systems.
  • Function effectively as a member or a leader on a technical team.
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • Address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  • Explain and analyze the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • Apply commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  • Design a system component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental and/or social.
Employment Opportunities


Mechatronics engineering technologists work with "smart" devices that incorporate mechanical, electrical, computer and software components, such as robots, automated guided systems and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment. Mechatronics is a high-tech field - and it's growing fast. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has identified mechatronics as a "high-priority" occupation. It projects as many as 300-600 job openings per year through 2020.

Enrollment Data

Academic Year

Total Headcount

Graduates

2013-2014

27

0

2014-2015

62

0

2015-2016

95

0

2016-2017

101

9

2017-2018

114

15

2018-2019

121

19

2019-2020

125

21

2020-2021

105

17

 

 

Additional Resources

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Mechatronics Engineering Technology Faculty

Dr. Ghassan Al-Sinbol
Assistant Professor

alsinbol@calu.edu

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Dr. Brenton Wilburn
Assistant Professor

wilburn_b@calu.edu

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Dr. Jennifer Wilburn
Associate Professor; Program Coordinator

wilburn@calu.edu

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