Mechatronics Engineering Technology

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

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. This program is currently undergoing the process of obtaining ETAC-ABET accreditation. 

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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
Freshman Year  
First Semester 17
CSC 120 Problem Solving and Programming Constructs 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
GET 130 Introduction to Engineering Technology 3
MAT 199 Pre-Calculus 3
PHY 121 General Physics I 4
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 17
CSC 124 Computer Programming I 3
EET 110 Electrical Circuits I 4
ITE 215 Computer-Aided Drafting 3
MAT 281 Calculus I 3
PHY 122 General Physics II 4
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
CET 235 Digital Electronics Design 4
EET 160 Electric Circuits II 4
ITE 305 OSHA General Industrial Safety 3
MAT 282 Calculus II 3
MTR 300 Manufacturing Processes 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
ECO 201 Introduction to Economics  3
ENG 217 Science & Technical Writing 3
MTR 310 Principles of Automatic Control 3
MTR 320 Statics 3
Technical Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
EET 325 Introduction to Electric Power 4
MTR 325 Fundamental of Programmable Logic Controllers 3
MTR 330 Dynamics 3
MTR 340 Fluid Power 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 13
EET 215 Introduction to Instrumentation 3
MTR 335 Advanced PLCs and Integration 3
MTR 370 Properties & Strength of Materials 4
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 13
ITE 375 Principles of Production 3
MTR 400 Machine Design Elements & Kinematics 3
MTR 410 Process Control 3
MTR 445 Senior Project Proposal 1
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 12
MTR 420 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
MTR 450 Senior Projects 3
General Education Courses 6
Total 120

 


 

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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 has been developed in accordance with the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) criteria for accrediting engineering technology programs. ABET is the premier accreditation body for engineering and engineering technology programs throughout the world. In addition to the ABET criteria, the degree program had an industrial advisory board that contributed to the development of the program, and continues to be involved regulary in the growth of the program. Cal U is pursuing accreditation through ETAC of ABET. In addition to the ABET accreditation process, PASSHE BOG Policy 1993-01, will ensure continued effectiveness.

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. Cal U will strive for ETAC-ABET accreditation once the program is under way.

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

Year

Total

Headcount

Graduates

Fall 2013

27

0

Spring 2014

25

0

Fall 2014

62

0

Spring 2015

62

0

Fall 2015

95

0

Spring 2016

90

0

Fall 2016

101

0

Spring 2017

93

9

Fall 2017

114

0

Spring 2018

103

15

 

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
Assistant Professsor; Program Coordinator

wilburn@calu.edu

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