The answers to questions frequently asked by current Mechatronics Engineering students can be found below.
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 Mechatronics programs in the United States are at the graduate level. There are many undergraduate mechatronic programs in Europe and Asia. Kennesaw State University has the largest Mechatronics Engineering program enrollment in the US.
Is this a difficult degree?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.
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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.
What if I've graduated from KSU 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.