Mechatronics program prepares graduates for growing positions in robotics and automation


According to the Ohio Manufacturing Association’s 2015 report, Ohio provides more than 670,000 traditional manufacturing jobs, was ranked third in manufacturing employment nationally, and provided more than $52 billion in products. A large percentage of these traditional manufacturing jobs will be undergoing organizational transformation and technology investment in robotics and automation. The impact of technology has not been uniform in the U.S., but has been transforming the automotive industry, particularly in the Northwest Ohio region.

“The Ohioan-manufacturing jobs in the area surrounding Bowling Green State University will soon have the highest demand for skilled workers who will be part of the future in the advanced manufacturing industry,” said engineering technologies associate professor Mohammad Mayyas.

Mayyas has been working collaboratively with colleagues from regional industries, schools and academic institutions to create an adaptive and collaborative education/research/industry model as a proxy for growing students' soft and technical skills, which will be primarily implemented through a new Bachelor of Science in Technology degree - Mechatronics Engineering Technology. The program curricula include integration and development of new courses from interdisciplinary fields focusing on robotics and automation applications.   

The field of mechatronics depends heavily on the integration of electrical, mechanical, computer, and network components to the design, application, operation, and maintenance of electromechanical systems. The mechatronics engineering technology program prepares graduates for successful careers and expertise in a broad spectrum of the field associated with the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and management of advanced mechatronics and robotics systems.

Mechatronics and roboticist professionals are the technologists and engineers who design, integrate and maintain automated and intelligent systems toward producing safe and efficient systems to support the digital industry. These professionals conduct their work in laboratories, offices or on-site at manufacturing plants.

Graduates of our program will be mechatronics engineering technologists who are prepared to fill industrial positions in robotics and automation areas directly related to process control, electronic instrumentation, testing, manufacturing, sales, and service. Typical engineering technologist's duties may include analysis and design of process control equipment, laboratory testing services, product sales and service, applications engineering, and the development of systems that require a hardware/ software interface.

According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statics, the median salary of mechatronics engineering technologists ranged from $82k-$95k for bachelor degree holders, and $52k-$59k for associate degree holders.