Mechatronics Certificate

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Certificate of Mechatronics. The certificate program is open to all matriculated, upper-division College of Engineering students or any student who has a bachelor’s degree from a recognized engineering program or an allied science. To obtain the certificate the student must complete 22 credit hours of mechatronics course work, plus a mechatronics project. The course work is made up of eight hours of core courses, ME EN 3200 and 3210, and 14 hours of electives. The requirements are described in more detail below.

Certificate Requirements

Any student in the college of engineering (or related sciences) can earn a certificate in mechatronics by passing the required classes and 14 semester hours of courses from the list of approved electives, and by completing an approved mechatronics project. The certificate will be awarded with the bachelor’s degree (B. S.) or at the graduate level.

Required Courses

Pass the year-long Mechatronics sequence (ME EN 3200 and 3210 or equivalent) receiving a grade of B- or better.

Approved Elective Courses

The student must pass 14 hours from the following list of classes, with a grade of B- or better. Other courses can be used with approval from Drs. Meek or Minor.

Course #TitleOfferedHours
ME EN 5200 Classical Control Systems Fall 3
ME EN 5205 System Dynamics Fall 3
ME EN 5210 State Space Control Spring 3
ME EN 5230 Robot Control Spring 3
ME EN 5240 Advanced Mechatronics Spring 4
ECE 5670 Control of Electric Motors Fall 3
ECE/CS 5780 Embedded System Design Spring 4
ME EN 5220 Robotics Fall 3
PHYS 3610 Electronics for Scientific Instrumentation Fall 3
PHYS 3620 Data Acquisition for Scientific Instrumentation Spring 3
Mechatronics Project Requirements

The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Mechatronics Committee must approve each student’s mechatronics project, which must be completed as part of the requirements for the Mechatronics Certificate. Each student’s project must include the following:

  1. Use of micro-controller-based or embedded controllers;
  2. Mechanical and Electrical component design such as actuators, sensors, signal conditioning, and mechanisms;
  3. Use of sensors and actuators for feedback-based control.