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What is Mechatronics Engineering?

In this major, some topics from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science are combined to produce graduates who are able to work effectively in all aspects of robotics, automated manufacturing, and the design of mechanical devices with embedded intelligence.

 

What can I do with this degree when I graduate?

Graduates can look forward to employment in the automotive, aerospace, medical device, heavy equipment and many other industries.

 

I’ve never heard of Mechatronics. Is it a recognized field?

Yes. Most programs in the United States are at the graduate level. There are many undergraduate mechatronic programs in Europe and Asia.  SPSU has the largest Mechatronics Engineering program enrollment in the USA.

 

When does it start?

The first Freshman class began Fall Semester 2007.

 

Is it hard?

Graduates in the area of Mechatronics Engineering will be required to master technical elements and to demonstrate particular competence in the areas of communication, solid and fluid mechanics, analog and digital circuits, computer programming, and system design. Graduates will be able to move between the technical and managerial aspects of industry and to serve in key leadership positions within the mechatronics industry.

 

What is the curriculum like?

Approximately the first two years of study are common with other fields of engineering and includes several semesters of Calculus, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Physics. About one and a half years are Mechanical and Electrical Engineering courses, and the remainder specifically addresses Mechatronic Devices and Systems.

Graduates of the program are expected to understand both the theory and practice of:

  1. computer hardware and software, applications software, and computer-aided design.
  2. electrical circuit analysis; industrial electronics including digital and analog systems, AC power, motors, and PC/machine interfacing.
  3. mechanics of rigid bodies, fluids, deformable bodies, and mechanisms.
  4. programmable logic controllers and industrial computers.
  5. developing structured programs for machine control using industry standard languages.
  6. designing and implementing electromechanical systems, including considerations of safety and security.
  7. utilizing closed-loop electronic control system hardware and creating software for the control of automated mechanical systems.
  8. application of discrete math, fundamentals of calculus and differential equations and/or Laplace transforms, and probability and statistics in support of electromechanical systems.
  9. the ability to apply project management techniques to electromechanical systems.

See the curriculum link above to view the courses in the program.

 

Is this an engineering degree or an engineering technology degree?

It is an engineering degree designed according to the accreditation requirements of the EAC of ABET.

 

Is this degree accredited now?

Not yet. We submitted ABET accreditation spring 2013 and the ABET visit will occur in the fall semester 2013.

 

Does that mean it's not accredited at all?

Definitely not. SPSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and all degrees must adhere to their accreditation requirements. In addition, application has been made for accreditation of the Engineering degree by ABET.

 

How does that affect Professional Licensing in Georgia?

Georgia like other states requires applicants to graduate from an ABET accredited program or equivalent. Until ABET accreditation is received this program should be viewed as the equivalent.

 

So, does that mean that when I graduate from the Mechatronics Engineering program I should only have to wait 4 years to take the PE exam?

Assuming your experience satisfies the licensing board and you've met all other licensing criteria in place at the time you apply, then yes.

 

I'm already enrolled as a student at SPSU. How do I change majors?

Stop by Building K2 and pick up a change of major form in the MET Department office. Fill it out and leave it for us to process.

 

What if I've graduated from SPSU with an ECET or MET degree, or from any school with an accredited EE or ME degree, and want to come back and get the Mechatronics Engineering degree?

Graduates can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the degree. If you have one of the degrees in question AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (F.E.) then you only have to take the courses from the other basic discipline plus the courses which are unique to the Mechatronics Engineering degree, and possibly Computer Programming courses. That's about 45 semester hours of courses. We plan to admit returning students for the fall semester of 2009 because some Junior / Senior Mechatronics courses are new and must be developed prior to enrolling student into the courses.

 

What if I have more questions; who do I contact?

Contact Ms. Jessi Jones, Email: jjones32@spsu.edu Phone : 678-915-7381.