Mechatronics Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Technology - 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.

Career Opportunities

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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Degree Plan

Suggested Academic Plan for B.S. in Technology - Mechatronics Engineering Technology:

First Academic Year
Fall Summer Spring
Course
Prerequisite Course Prerequisite Course Prerequisite
ENGT 1100 None ECON 2000 None CS 1010 MATH 95 or higher
*required for enrollment
ENGT 1020 None COMM 1020 None ECET 1960 None
MATH 1280 MATH 1200 or
MATH 1220 or
MATH placement
    MATH 1310 MATH 1280, 1290, or 1300
PHYS 2010 Math 1200 with
C or better
    PHYS 2020 PHYS 2010
Second Academic Year
Fall Summer Spring
Course
Prerequisite Course Prerequisite Course Prerequisite
CS 2010 MATH 1200,
1210 or higher
TECH 2890 None ENGT 2400 See MATH*
STAT 2000 None     ECET 2410 ECET 2400
ECET 2400 MATH 1280     ENGT 2100 ENGT 1100
ENGT 2200 None     ECET 2490 ECET 1960
Third Academic Year
Fall Summer Spring
Course
Prerequisite Course Prerequisite Course Prerequisite
ECET 3000 ECET 2410 TECH 3890 TECH 2890 ENGT 3480 None
2480 Dynamics ENGT 2400 &
PHYS*
    ECET 3100 ECET 1960
ECET 3490 ECET 2490     QS 3550 None
TECH 3020 See Catalog
    ENG 3880 Junior or
Higher
Fourth Academic Year
Fall Summer Spring
Course
Prerequisite Course Prerequisite Course Prerequisite
ECET 4410 ECET 2410
and CS 2010
TECH 4890 TECH 3890 ENGT 4500 ENGT 4000
ENGT 4280 ENGT 2200
and ENGT 2500
    ECET 4530 MATH 1310,
CS 2010,
ECET 2490
BGP/U.R.       BGP/U.R.  
BGP/U.R.          

Transfer students will be able to complete the program. Credit by examination will be applied case by case.

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Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Technology - Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology requires the following program hours: 36 hours of BG Perspectives, 12 hours of cooperative education, 60 hours of mechatronics engineering technology concentration, and 38-39 hours in other required courses.  

 

About the Program

Bachelors of Science in Technology – Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology

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.

  1. Program Educational Objective 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. Program Educational Objective 2: Graduates will be able to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams;
  3. Program Educational Objective 3: Graduates will be able to demonstrate continuous professional improvement including commitment to ethical responsibilities.
  1. Student Outcome 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. Student Outcome 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. Student Outcome 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. Student Outcome 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. Student Outcome 5: Mechatronics Engineering graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Course Requirements

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 1910 - Energy, Power, Instrumentation and Control
Principles of automated systems, how machines work and emphasizing energy, power, measurement and controlling devices. One and one-half hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

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.

ECET 4410 - Instrumentation
Industrial instrumentation, measuring thermal, mechanical, fluid and electric phenomenon. Statistical methods for data analysis. Transducers, signal conditioning, data acquisition, software development and sensor networks. Principles underlying their design and applications.

ECET 4530 - Digital Computer for Process Control
Basic concepts, terminology, evaluation and types of control systems as they apply to industrial process control and positioning systems. These systems will be subdivided into measurement, controllers, fieldbus networks and final control elements. Application of differential equations and Laplace transform method in control systems.

ENGT 1100 - Basic 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.

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 - Metallic Materials and 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
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.

ENGT 4000 - Advanced Modeling, Simulation and Analysis
Study and application of computer modeling systems using interactive methodologies for modeling, simulation and presentation analysis.

QS 3550 - Foundations of Lean OR
Foundations of quality improvement systems applied for variation and waste reduction and productivity enhancement for lean six sigma manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO infrastructure.

QS 3710 - Six Sigma Systems
Data-based systems for improvement including statistical process control using variable and attribute data, capability measurement analysis, and cost and other data gathering for lean and six sigma manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure.

University (32-33 hours)

  • CS 2010
  • ENG 3880
  • COMM 1020**
  • MATH 1280**
  • MATH 1310** or MATH 1340** & 1350
  • PHYS 2010**
  • PHYS 2020**
  • TECH 3020
**These courses may be used to meet BG Perspective requirements, but hours are counted only once.

Business and Management (6 hours)

  • ECON 2000**
  • MATH 2470
  • Elective Non-Tech
  • TECH 2890 Co-op
  • TECH 3890 Co-op
  • TECH 4890 Co-op

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 GSW 1120 (Research and Composition II), 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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 in the process of obtaining accreditation by the Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). For more information, 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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

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.