Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Technology degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology prepares graduates for successful careers and expertise in a broad spectrum of the field in the area associated with the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, automation and management of advanced mechatronics and robotics system technologies. The program will produce graduates ready for the workforce of Tomorrow that are prepared for successful careers in the areas associated with the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and oversight of advanced manufacturing factories.

The field of mechatronics engineering technology depends heavily on the integration of electrical, mechanical, computer, and network components to the design, application, operation, and maintenance of electromechanical systems.

We prepare our students with both hands on experience with physical robots as well as with simulating industrial robots. Our students can access our robots remotely via eFactory platform. We use RoboDK (www.robodk.com) for simulation and offline programming of industrial robots.

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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.

The graduates of our program are 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.

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Where The Robots Are

28%
increase from 2010

A 2017 study by the Brookings Institution found the Toledo Region has over 2,374 industrial robots (an increase of 28% from 2010) or 9.0 per thousand workers, which ranks 1st in the United States among the Top 100 metropolitan statistical areas. Proposed project like this is not only very critical for the state of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, but also for all US manufacturing hubs.

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Ian Kennedy to begin career in robotics after graduating from BGSU

Ian Kennedy will join the robotics workforce after graduating from BGSU. The mechatronics engineering technology major demonstrated robotics for the Ohio governor.

Remote for Robots

Seven teams work on creating virtual robots in place of in-person competition.

MAC award recognizes faculty dedication to student success

Mechatronics faculty member is BGSU nominee for Mid-American Conference award to recognize outstanding faculty who help students succeed.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Technology Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology requires a minimum of 122 credit hours. Out of that, 36 credit hours are BG Perspective (BGP), also known as GEC courses. There are 54 credit hours as program concentration courses. The proposed program also requires a 2 credit hours co-op/internship, 41-42 hours of other required courses, 9-10 credit hours of technical electives, and 6 hours of non-technical electives.

About the Program

Mechatronics Engineering Technology (ROBO) is a branch of engineering technologies that involves the conception, design, manufacturing, and operation of integrated systems. This field overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, electrics and mechanics with application to diverse emerging fields including electromechanical systems, microelectromechanical systems, biomedical systems, mobile robotics, industrial robotics, automation, and many others. The program will prepare graduates to be technology leader; by engaging them in exciting mentor-based trainings and researchers that build advanced hands-on and technical skills that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities. The program will produce graduates ready to join advanced manufacturing industries and prepare them to the demands of the labor market in the area associated with the design, development, implementation, operation, management of mechatronics systems and its related fields.

After five years of graduation, the graduates of mechatronics engineering technology will demonstrate the following:
  1. PEO 1: Graduates will be able to combine knowledge with modern tools to solve real-world interdisciplinary engineering problems related to electromechanical systems and advanced manufacturing and robotics systems;
  2. PEO 2: Graduates will be able to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams;
  3. PEO 3: Graduates will be able to demonstrate continuous professional improvement including commitment to ethical responsibilities.

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Mechatronics Engineering Technology program are expected to:

  • Use computer-aided drafting or design tools to prepare graphical representations of electromechanical systems;
  • Use circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, basic instrumentation, and computers to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems;
  • Use statics, dynamics (or applied mechanics), strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards, and manufacturing processes to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems;
  • Use appropriate computer programming languages for operating electromechanical systems;
  • Use electrical/electronic devices such as amplifiers, motors, relays, power systems, and computer and instrumentation systems for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting electromechanical systems;
  • Use advanced topics in engineering mechanics, engineering materials, and fluid mechanics for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems;
  • Use basic knowledge of control systems for the applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems;
  • Use differential and integral calculus, as a minimum, to characterize the static and dynamic performance of electromechanical systems; and
  • Use appropriate management techniques in the investigation, analysis, and design of electromechanical systems.
  1. SO 1: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. SO 2: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. SO 3: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. SO 4: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. SO 5: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Course Requirements

  • TECH 2890 - Cooperative Education
  • TECH 3890 - Cooperative Education

ROBO 1010 - Sensors and Actuators
Basic concepts and operation principles of electro mechanical and fluidic sensors and actuators with applications to advanced manufacturing industry. 

ROBO 2080 - Industrial Robotics and Automation
Basic principles of robotics and automation technologies with focus on theory, simulation and hands-on operation of robotics systems. 

ROBO 4500 - Senior Design Project
Students will work in teams on "open-ended" design problems to realize original and creative multidisciplinary approach to applied engineering problems. They will perform their projects under supervision of one or more faculty and are required to submit a pre-proposal at the beginning of the semester. The course will introduce students to project management tools, and will require progress throughout the semester with mandatory oral presentations and final comprehensive technical report at the end.

ECET 2400 - Electric Circuits
Electron theory; DC and AC units and theory; circuit components; circuit analysis techniques; RLC circuits; power concepts; use of test instruments.

ECET 2410 - Electronic Circuits
Analog and digital electronic circuits and semiconductors. Design and application of power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators and digital gates to communication, instrumentation and process control.

ECET 2490 - Digital Electronic Components and Systems
Basic digital system logic analysis and synthesis techniques; number systems and codes; Boolean algebra and circuit minimization techniques. Characteristics of modern digital integrated circuit components.

ECET 3000 - Electrical Machinery and Controls
Electric motors, generators, power electronic controls; operating characteristics, selection, testing and control of direct current, single and three-phase machinery as found in renewable energy and other applications.

ECET 3100 - Programmable Logic Controllers
A study of programmable logic controllers including, programming in ladder diagrams for counting, sequencing and timing functions, input/output modules, planning, installation and applications.

ECET 3490 - Digital Computer Analysis
Organization and construction of mini-micro computers, machine language programming, interfacing, including developing logic design, selection of integrated circuits, assembly, testing and system diagnostic testing procedures.

ENGT 1100 - Computer-Aided Design
Introduction to CAD-based application. Construction of two-dimensional engineering drawings using a CAD system, with an emphasis upon geometric construction, orthographic projection, dimensioning, basic pictorials, and presentation. General review and application of symbols in electronics, hydraulics, and floor plan design with CAD.

ENGT 2100 - Solid Modeling
Intermediate CAD course focusing on 3-D solid modeling and the conversion of these models into engineering detail drawings and assemblies.

ENGT 2200 - Manufacturing Processes
A survey of metals and their hot and cold processing practices. Laboratory applications and techniques are studied.

ENGT 2400 - Statics
Fundamentals of statics including vectors, centroids, free body diagrams and structural systems.

ENGT 2480 - Dynamics
The relation between forces acting on particles, systems or particles and rigid bodies, and the changes in motion produced. Review of kinematics and vector analysis, Newton's Laws, energy methods, methods of momentum, and vibrations.

ENGT 3480 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Basic concepts and definitions, properties of pure substance, work and heat, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamics of gases, vapors, and liquids in various non-flow and flow processes, and irreversibility and availability. The course will also cover heat transfer fundamentals, such as conduction, convection, and thermal radiation energy transfer.

QS 3550 - Foundations of Lean OR
The course emphasizes the history, theory and main concepts of the Lean enterprise. Additionally, the content and major concepts are similar to the SME/ASQ/Shingo Lean Bronze Certification.

QS 3710 - Six Sigma Systems
This course emphasizes the history, theory and main concepts of Six Sigma. An emphasis is placed on the application of the Define, Measure Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) process.

QS 4850 - Quantitative Tools for Quality and Continuous Improvement
The course emphasizes the application of quantitative tools of quality such as DOE, control/trend charts, MSA, etc. to improve quality and continually improve processes.

SYE 2010 - Engineering Economics
Methods used for determining the comparative financial desirability of engineering alternatives. Emphasizes the systematic evaluation of the costs and benefits associated with proposed engineering projects. Introduction to the concepts of the "time value of money" and other practical issues of investment decision making.

  • CS 2010 - Programming Fundamentals
  • ECON 2000 - Introduction to Economics**
  • ENG 3880 - Introductory Technical Writing
  • COMM 1020 - Introduction to Public Speaking**
  • MATH 1280 - Precalculus Mathematics**
  • MATH 1310 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry** OR MATH 1340 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry IA** and 1350 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry IB**
  • MATH 2470 - Fundamentals of Statistics
  • MATH 2910 - Applied Engineering Mathematics with Applications
  • PHYS 2010 - College Physics I**
  • PHYS 2020 - College Physics II**
  • TECH 3020 - Technology Systems in Societies**
**These courses may be used to meet BG Perspective requirements, but hours are counted only once.
  • ECET 1960 - Electrical-Electronic Systems
  • ECET 4410 - Instrumentation
  • ECET 4530 - Digital Computer for Process Control
  • ENGT 2450 - Strength of Materials
  • ENGT 4000 - Advanced Modeling, Simulation and Analysis
  • TECH 4400 - Project Management in Technological Settings
  • TECH 4890 - Cooperative Education

Choose any non-technical electives

At least one course in each of the following:

  • English Composition and Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy

At least two courses in each domain:

  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Each student enrolled in a baccalaureate program must satisfactorily complete WRIT 1120 (Seminar in Research Writing), one course approved for Cultural Diversity in the United States, and one course approved for International Perspectives.

Additional courses from any of the five categories listed above to reach a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program is accreditation by the Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). For more information on ABET, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 06/14/2022 04:35PM