Mechatronics Engineering Technology (Bachelor of Science Degree)
Mechatronics engineering technology is an emerging field that blends mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. Mechatronics is an evolutionary design development that requires horizontal integration between various engineering disciplines, as well as vertical integration between design and manufacturing. Many of the components, controls and systems used in mechatronics have been utilized in industry for many years. These mature technologies, combined with technological advances, provide many employment opportunities.
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.
Educational program objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. These objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, employers, advisory board, alumni, students and faculty).
1. Communicate effectively in the professional environment in individual and group situations;
2. Translate customer requirements and effectively integrate multiple mechanical and electrical systems;
3. Participate in lifelong learning to stay technically current in the profession;
4. Specify, design, deploy, implement, troubleshoot and maintain mechatronic systems;
5. Apply appropriate strategies to maintain professional, ethical and social responsibilities in the workplace and include a respect for diversity;
6. Work effectively in individual and group-oriented settings;
7. Analyze the produced system and formulate its economic impacts on the overall organization; and
8. Apply safety to all aspects of work;
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. Cal U will pursue accreditation through ETAC of ABET. In addition to the ABET accreditation process, PASSHE BOG Policy 1993-01, will ensure continued effectiveness.
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.