• An MTSU representative joined colleagues from a Chinese technical college for training
  • Mechatronics combines mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering
  • This new program in mechatronics will open doors to success

Mechatronics Engineering

MTSU’s new Mechatronics Engineering degree program is on the cutting edge of a fast-growing industry. Jobs are waiting for engineers to design and enhance robotics and automated systems. The design process of mechatronics combines mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering along with systems integration and technical project management. A surgical robot is a perfect example of a mechatronic system, performing precision mechanical work under sophisticated electronic and sensory control. Unlike traditional programs, MTSU’s mechatronics has a systems approach, breaking the whole down into subsystems and then components, so that graduates can design products with a system in mind, not just one component. Rutherford County auto industry giants Bridgestone, with a mechatronics facility at its LaVergne education center, and Nissan are among worldwide and local partners in the program.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

Student: Mechatronics can open more doors

Michigan native Dallas Trahan is among students switching majors after the new Mechatronics Engineering program was approved for fall 2013. Trahan moved with a friend to Nashville while taking a year off college and started attending MTSU “because it was affordable and close by.” His previous academic interest had been electro-mechanical engineering technology. “I want to be a person who can do everything,” Trahan said. “Mechatronics seems to be the way to go. A lot more opportunities could arise; a lot more doors can open than with just an engineering technology degree. With mechatronics, you can do what you want.” First-year coursework in engineering technology will transfer into the new program. Mechatronics engineering courses should begin in spring 2014.

Professor visits Germany, helps develop Level 3

Dr. Ahad Nasab, MTSU mechatronics program coordinator, traveled to Berlin, Germany, in August for an instructor certification workshop at Siemens Technical Academy and to help develop Level 3 certification. MTSU’s mechatronics engineering program is based on a three-tier international certification program created by German engineering firm Siemens AG. Level 3 requires a bachelor’s degree. “We held daily talks on streamlining the Siemens objectives with our new Mechatronics Engineering program,” Nasab said. “Once the model and the requirements are developed, the resulting methods and literature will be distributed worldwide for others to consider Level 3 certification.” New mechatronic and automation equipment costing $500,000 will be housed initially in one of the Voorhies Engineering Technology lab spaces.

While many engineering schools focus on the theoretical, MTSU's Engineering Technology program excels in providing hands-on experiences and skills that are immediately transferrable to the workforce. Examples include

  • Automation engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • Project manager
  • Prototyping and model engineer
  • Robotics engineer
  • System engineer

Employers of MTSU alumni

Because this degree program is quite new, employer information is still being compiled. However, potential employers who already hire MTSU graduates with degrees in Engineering Technology include

  • Bridgestone
  • Calsonic Kansei
  • Carrier
  • EM-Tech
  • FloStor Engineering, Inc.
  • General Mills
  • General Motors
  • Mahle
  • Nissan
  • Schneider Electric

 A Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree is now available in Mechatronics Engineering, another way MTSU is meeting student and workforce needs. Graduates will have the opportunity to earn a Level 3 Siemen’s international mechatronics certification.

Mechatronics Engineering is a major in the Department of Engineering Technology. Students may transfer into the program with Level 1 or Level 2 certification.

Other undergraduate degrees available through the department include a major in Engineering Technology, leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of three concentrations: Computer Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology. Also offered are majors leading to a B.S. in Construction Management with three concentrations: Commercial Construction Management, Electrical Construction Management, or Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management and in Environmental Science and Technology with two concentrations: in Energy Technology or Environmental Health and Safety. Interested students may take courses in Pre-engineering and Pre-architecture.

Undergraduate minors available include Electronics, Engineering Systems, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management.

Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in either Engineering Technology or Occupational Health and Safety.

Mechatronics Engineering, B.S.

Department of Engineering Technology 
615-898-2776
Ahad Nasab, program coordinator
Ahad.Nasab@mtsu.edu

The Mechatronics Engineering degree encompasses knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, digital controls, computer programming, and project management to enable the students to analyze and design automation and robotics systems used in today's advanced manufacturing environment. This program offers preparation in diagnostics and design of integrated industrial automation systems as well as the various aspects of project and process management, systems engineering, and risk management. This program emphasizes the latest techniques in systems approach in design and problem solving which is highly supported by today's industry. The Mechatronics Engineering program is designed to prepare students for engineering positions as automation system designers and project managers in various industries such as automotive, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, green energy, biotechnology, healthcare, homeland security and defense, and transportation and logistics.

Curriculum: Mechatronics Engineering

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Students should consult their advisors each semester to plan their schedules.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required.

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required.

  • ENGR 1100 - Engineering Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1730. Introduces various engineering fields. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques and the use of mathematics in analyzing technical problems. Topics such as graphical representation of data, estimation, dimensions, units, error estimates, statistics, and team work addressed. Engineering ethics and impact of engineering solutions on society and the environment.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 1840.

  • ENGR 1210 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Origin and behavior of materials. Classifications of materials. Physical metallurgy-mechanical and physical properties, crystalline structure, imperfections in solids, phase diagrams, failure mechanisms in materials, hardening and tempering, isothermal diagrams. Involves hands-on experiences through lab sessions in the use of metallurgical and mechanical testing equipment. Lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 2100 - Introduction to Engineering Design

    3 credit hours

    Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) for product design, modeling, and prototyping. Individual use and team-based environment to design and prototype a functional and manufacturable marketable product. Application to design, manufacturing, and analysis using geometric tolerancing and dimensioning. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I  4 credit hours  

    CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sufficient background in algebra and trigonometry. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

 

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 34 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGR 2110 - Statics  3 credit hours  

    ENGR 2110 - Statics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1100 and MATH 1910. Corequisite: PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2111. Mechatronics Engineering majors must complete PHYS 2111. Fundamental concepts and conditions of static equilibrium; their application to systems of forces and couples acting on rigid bodies; and the calculation of centers of gravity, centroids, and moments of inertia.

  • ENGR 2120 - Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    ENGR 2120 - Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2110 and MATH 1920. Kinematics of particles in rectilinear and curvilinear motions. Kinetics of particles, Newton's second law, energy and momentum methods. Systems of particles, Kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, forces and accelerations, energy and momentum methods. Introduction to mechanical vibrations.

  • ENGR 2130 - Electrical Circuit Analysis I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1100 and MATH 1910. Fundamentals of electrical circuits. Volt-ampere characteristics for circuit elements; independent and dependent sources; Kirchhoff's laws and circuit equations. Source transformations; Thevenlin's and Norton's theorems; superposition. Phasor analysis, impedance calculations, and computation of sinusoidal steady state responses. AC power, maximum power transfer, and three-phase circuits. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.

  • MATH 3110 - Calculus III  4 credit hours  

    MATH 3110 - Calculus III

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1920. Adjusts calculus techniques developed in the plane (Calculus I and II) to make them applicable in three-dimensional space. Introductory study of the nature of three-dimensional space and definition of the algebraic calculations in three-dimensional space. Differential and integral calculus definitions and techniques revised to appropriately transfer into this new space. Topics include multivariate functions, partial differentiation, partial integration, multiple integration, and multidisciplinary applications.

  • MATH 3120 - Differential Equations I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1920. The solution and application of ordinary differential equations with emphasis on first order equations, second order linear equations, Laplace Transform method, systems of differential equations, and numerical methods.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

 

  • PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2111. A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and wave motion. One and one-half hours lecture.

  • PHYS 2111 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2110. Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2110. Experiments in mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics. Data reduction, error analysis, and report writing. Two three-hour sessions.

 

  • PHYS 2120 - Calculus-Based Physics II

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2121. A lecture course that supplements the discussion in PHYS 2121. Topics include a microscopic view of electrical force and field, polarization, electric circuits, magnetic force and field, electric potential, symmetries of fields, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic radiation, optics, and wave phenomena. One and one-half hours lecture.

  • PHYS 2121 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2120. A laboratory-based course to accompany PHYS 2120. Includes discussions, group problem solving, and hands-on activities. Two three-hour sessions.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Junior

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGR 3510 - Electrical Circuit Analysis II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2130, PHYS 2120, and MATH 3120. Analysis of the RC and RL first-order circuits. Use of Laplace Transform techniques to analyze linear circuits with and without initial conditions. Characterization of circuits based upon impedance, admittance, and transfer function parameters. Fourier series, circuit analysis with Fourier transform, determination of frequency response of circuits, filter design. Lecture and Laboratory.

  • ENGR 3520 - Digital Circuits Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 2130. Introduces logic design with emphasis on practical design techniques and circuit implementation. Topics include Boolean algebra; theory of logic functions; mapping techniques and function minimization; logic equivalent circuits and symbol transformations; transistor-transistor-logic (TTL)/metal oxide semi-conductor (MOS) logic into gate implementations; electrical characteristics; propagation delays; signed number notations and arithmetic. Digital design using random logic and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 3530 - Electronics and Instrumentation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 2130. Introduces use and analysis of electronic circuits and input mechanism of various sensors, design of analog signal conditioning systems based on the system requirement, as well as understanding the theory and the art of modern instrumentation and measurements (I&M) systems. Topics include BJT and MOSFET circuit model and analysis; operational amplifier; instrumentation amplifier; survey of sensor input mechanisms; analog signal conditioning and sensor application; measurement system architecture; errors in measurement; standard used in measurement. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ENGR 3550 - Fluid Dynamic and Power

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2120 and MATH 3110. Continuum, velocity field, fluid statics, manometers, basic conservation laws for systems and control volumes, dimensional analysis. Euler and Bernoulli equations, viscous flows, boundary layers, flow in channels and around submerged bodies, one-dimensional gas dynamics, turbo-machinery. Applications in hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluidics discussed. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ENGR 3560 - Mechanics of Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1210, ENGR 2110, and MATH 3120. Plane stress, plane strain, and stress-strain laws. Application of stress and deformation analysis to members subjected to centric, torsional, flexural, and combined loading. Introduces theories of failure, buckling, and energy methods.

  • ENGR 3590 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 2120. The kinematics and dynamics of machinery and its applications to mechatronic systems. Analysis of motion translation/rotation in machinery, energy of machine mechanisms. Involves projects, seminars, and workshops regarding graphical, analytical, and numerical techniques for dynamic analysis and synthesis of machines. Combined lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 3915 - Technical Project Management and Soft Skills

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Project management as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute and how to assess and boost emotional intelligence or soft skills. Student successfully completing course will earn 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs) issued by the International Project Management Institute.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4915.

  • ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety  3 credit hours  

    ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety

    3 credit hours

    Safety and health in the manufacturing, construction, and utilities industries, including pertinent laws, codes, regulations, standards, and product liability considerations. Organizational and administrative principles and practices for safety management and safety engineering, accident investigation, safety education, and safety enforcement.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4420 - Industrial Safety.

  • ENGR 3930 - Systems Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2100, ENGR 3915, and ENGR 3970. An interdisciplinary course with both technical and management aspects of large, multifaceted engineering projects. Special emphasis placed on design, implementation, and improvement of mechatronic systems. Topics include systems engineering, engineering management, economics, quality control and engineering, project management, production systems planning and operations, and human factors.

  • ENGR 3970 - Engineering Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Development of capital budgets. Justification of capital projects using time value of money concepts. Replacement analysis. Review of justification of actual capital projects and computer applications. Introduces economic risk assessment and Lean Six Sigma from an economic viewpoint.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4970.

Subtotal: 33 hours

Senior

  • ENGR 4500 - FE Exam Preparation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ENGR 4500 - FE Exam Preparation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing or completion of all 3000-level courses. Review of topics covered on the general session of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Covers all aspects of engineering curriculum including mathematics, engineering probability and statistics, chemistry, computers, ethics and business practices, engineering economics, engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics), strength of materials, material properties, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.

  • ENGR 4510 - Programmable Logic Controllers and Networks

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 3510. Introduces programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Emphasizes ladder diagrams and programming of PLC. Introduces network systems such as DeviceNet, ProfiNet, and ProfiBus. Emphasizes the integration of PLCs in automation systems. Lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 4520 - Electrical Power and Machinery

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 3510. Single- and three-phase power circuit calculations with phasor diagrams and electromagnetic laws. Magnetic field and circuit analysis. Variable frequency drives. Electromechanical energy conversion and rotating machinery modeling and analysis. Construction, equivalent circuit, and performance analysis of three-phase transformers and DC, induction, and synchronous motors. Lectures and laboratory.

  • ENGR 4530 - Controls and Optimization

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 3520 and ENGR 4510. Theories and applications of control systems, optimization of mechatronic systems, feedback controls, root-locus, digital controls, PID, frequency response, and pole positions. Introduces microcontrollers. Systems approach implemented. Lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 4580 - Mechatronic System Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 3550 and ENGR 3590. Presents specifics in the mechanical design of mechatronic systems. Includes problem analysis, conceptualization, design/material selection, and performance analysis. Addresses mechanical subsystems, bill of materials, and economic analysis of the system. Lecture and laboratory.

  • ENGR 4590 - Automation System Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of all 3000-level courses and ENGR 4580. Corequisite: ENGR 4530. Capstone design project. Design and analysis of a complete mechatronic system using controllers, sensors, and actuators. Advance systems programming with current industrial network programs and GUIs. Implementation of project and process management principles as well as professional documentation and presentation. Lecture and laboratory.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Total hours in program: 128

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Mechatronics Engineering, B.S., Academic Map  

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Mechatronics Engineering

ENGR 1100 - Engineering Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1730. Introduces various engineering fields. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques and the use of mathematics in analyzing technical problems. Topics such as graphical representation of data, estimation, dimensions, units, error estimates, statistics, and team work addressed. Engineering ethics and impact of engineering solutions on society and the environment.

NOTE: This was formerly ET 1840.

ENGR 1210 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Origin and behavior of materials. Classifications of materials. Physical metallurgy-mechanical and physical properties, crystalline structure, imperfections in solids, phase diagrams, failure mechanisms in materials, hardening and tempering, isothermal diagrams. Involves hands-on experiences through lab sessions in the use of metallurgical and mechanical testing equipment. Lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 2100 - Introduction to Engineering Design
3 credit hours

Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) for product design, modeling, and prototyping. Individual use and team-based environment to design and prototype a functional and manufacturable marketable product. Application to design, manufacturing, and analysis using geometric tolerancing and dimensioning. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ENGR 2110 - Statics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 1100 and MATH 1910. Corequisite: PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2111. Mechatronics Engineering majors must complete PHYS 2111. Fundamental concepts and conditions of static equilibrium; their application to systems of forces and couples acting on rigid bodies; and the calculation of centers of gravity, centroids, and moments of inertia.

ENGR 2120 - Dynamics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 2110 and MATH 1920. Kinematics of particles in rectilinear and curvilinear motions. Kinetics of particles, Newton's second law, energy and momentum methods. Systems of particles, Kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, forces and accelerations, energy and momentum methods. Introduction to mechanical vibrations.

ENGR 2130 - Electrical Circuit Analysis I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 1100 and MATH 1910. Fundamentals of electrical circuits. Volt-ampere characteristics for circuit elements; independent and dependent sources; Kirchhoff's laws and circuit equations. Source transformations; Thevenlin's and Norton's theorems; superposition. Phasor analysis, impedance calculations, and computation of sinusoidal steady state responses. AC power, maximum power transfer, and three-phase circuits. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.

ENGR 3510 - Electrical Circuit Analysis II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 2130, PHYS 2120, and MATH 3120. Analysis of the RC and RL first-order circuits. Use of Laplace Transform techniques to analyze linear circuits with and without initial conditions. Characterization of circuits based upon impedance, admittance, and transfer function parameters. Fourier series, circuit analysis with Fourier transform, determination of frequency response of circuits, filter design. Lecture and Laboratory.

ENGR 3520 - Digital Circuits Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGR 2130. Introduces logic design with emphasis on practical design techniques and circuit implementation. Topics include Boolean algebra; theory of logic functions; mapping techniques and function minimization; logic equivalent circuits and symbol transformations; transistor-transistor-logic (TTL)/metal oxide semi-conductor (MOS) logic into gate implementations; electrical characteristics; propagation delays; signed number notations and arithmetic. Digital design using random logic and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 3530 - Electronics and Instrumentation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGR 2130. Introduces use and analysis of electronic circuits and input mechanism of various sensors, design of analog signal conditioning systems based on the system requirement, as well as understanding the theory and the art of modern instrumentation and measurements (I&M) systems. Topics include BJT and MOSFET circuit model and analysis; operational amplifier; instrumentation amplifier; survey of sensor input mechanisms; analog signal conditioning and sensor application; measurement system architecture; errors in measurement; standard used in measurement. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ENGR 3550 - Fluid Dynamic and Power
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 2120 and MATH 3110. Continuum, velocity field, fluid statics, manometers, basic conservation laws for systems and control volumes, dimensional analysis. Euler and Bernoulli equations, viscous flows, boundary layers, flow in channels and around submerged bodies, one-dimensional gas dynamics, turbo-machinery. Applications in hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluidics discussed. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ENGR 3560 - Mechanics of Materials
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 1210, ENGR 2110, and MATH 3120. Plane stress, plane strain, and stress-strain laws. Application of stress and deformation analysis to members subjected to centric, torsional, flexural, and combined loading. Introduces theories of failure, buckling, and energy methods.

ENGR 3570 - Machine Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 2100, ENGR 2120, and ENGR 3560. Analytical design methods. Stress analysis, working stress, combined stresses, failure theories, fatigue failure. Design techniques for shafts, fasteners, gears, bearings, and belt and chain drives. Includes a design project. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ENGR 3590 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGR 2120. The kinematics and dynamics of machinery and its applications to mechatronic systems. Analysis of motion translation/rotation in machinery, energy of machine mechanisms. Involves projects, seminars, and workshops regarding graphical, analytical, and numerical techniques for dynamic analysis and synthesis of machines. Combined lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 3915 - Technical Project Management and Soft Skills
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Project management as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute and how to assess and boost emotional intelligence or soft skills. Student successfully completing course will earn 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs) issued by the International Project Management Institute.

NOTE: This was formerly ET 4915.

ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety
3 credit hours

Safety and health in the manufacturing, construction, and utilities industries, including pertinent laws, codes, regulations, standards, and product liability considerations. Organizational and administrative principles and practices for safety management and safety engineering, accident investigation, safety education, and safety enforcement.

NOTE: This was formerly ET 4420 - Industrial Safety.

ENGR 3930 - Systems Engineering
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 2100, ENGR 3915, and ENGR 3970. An interdisciplinary course with both technical and management aspects of large, multifaceted engineering projects. Special emphasis placed on design, implementation, and improvement of mechatronic systems. Topics include systems engineering, engineering management, economics, quality control and engineering, project management, production systems planning and operations, and human factors.

ENGR 3970 - Engineering Economy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Development of capital budgets. Justification of capital projects using time value of money concepts. Replacement analysis. Review of justification of actual capital projects and computer applications. Introduces economic risk assessment and Lean Six Sigma from an economic viewpoint.

NOTE: This was formerly ET 4970.

ENGR 4500 - FE Exam Preparation
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Senior standing or completion of all 3000-level courses. Review of topics covered on the general session of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Covers all aspects of engineering curriculum including mathematics, engineering probability and statistics, chemistry, computers, ethics and business practices, engineering economics, engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics), strength of materials, material properties, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.

ENGR 4510 - Programmable Logic Controllers and Networks
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGR 3510. Introduces programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Emphasizes ladder diagrams and programming of PLC. Introduces network systems such as DeviceNet, ProfiNet, and ProfiBus. Emphasizes the integration of PLCs in automation systems. Lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 4520 - Electrical Power and Machinery
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGR 3510. Single- and three-phase power circuit calculations with phasor diagrams and electromagnetic laws. Magnetic field and circuit analysis. Variable frequency drives. Electromechanical energy conversion and rotating machinery modeling and analysis. Construction, equivalent circuit, and performance analysis of three-phase transformers and DC, induction, and synchronous motors. Lectures and laboratory.

ENGR 4530 - Controls and Optimization
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 3520 and ENGR 4510. Theories and applications of control systems, optimization of mechatronic systems, feedback controls, root-locus, digital controls, PID, frequency response, and pole positions. Introduces microcontrollers. Systems approach implemented. Lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 4580 - Mechatronic System Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGR 3550 and ENGR 3590. Presents specifics in the mechanical design of mechatronic systems. Includes problem analysis, conceptualization, design/material selection, and performance analysis. Addresses mechanical subsystems, bill of materials, and economic analysis of the system. Lecture and laboratory.

ENGR 4590 - Automation System Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of all 3000-level courses and ENGR 4580. Corequisite: ENGR 4530. Capstone design project. Design and analysis of a complete mechatronic system using controllers, sensors, and actuators. Advance systems programming with current industrial network programs and GUIs. Implementation of project and process management principles as well as professional documentation and presentation. Lecture and laboratory.

Program educational objectives

The Mechatronics Engineering Program will prepare graduates for careers in design, development, analysis, implementation, operation, and management of mechatronics systems and to lead projects as required, engage in self-directed continuing professional development, and join a professional society such as ASME, SAE, SME, ASEE, IEEE, etc.             

Student outcomes

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.