Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology

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Program Intro

This program combines mechanical design, manufacturing and electrical control within a foundational context of packaging machinery. You will obtain very valuable skills in other industrial areas, such as the automotive industry. You can also benefit from internships offered by local packaging industries and become very mobile with career opportunities available nationwide.

Department of Engineering Technology

Our faculty members have a wealth of real world experience. They’re leaders in their respective disciplines and dedicated mentors who share both theoretical and hands-on engineering knowledge. In this program, you’ll train with cutting-edge technology and develop the in-demand skills that employers seek.

Program Educational Objective One

The program will produce graduates that are prepared for successful careers in the areas associated with the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and oversight of advanced mechatronic systems.

Program Educational Objective Two

The program will produce graduates that advance in their careers and continue their professional development.

Program Educational Objective Three

The program will produce graduates that understand the overall human context in which engineering technology activities take place.

Graduates of the Mechatronics Engineering Technology program will:

  • a.) Demonstrate an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechatronics engineering technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities including proficiency in Mechatronics design, materials, manufacturing processes, and automation.
  • b.) Demonstrate an ability to select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • c.) Demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • d.) Demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • e.) Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • f.) Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • g.) Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • h.) Demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • i.) Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  • j.) Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • k.) Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is a synergistic blend of mechanical, electrical, control, hydraulics, automation, robotics, networking and computer systems technology with a focus on building the interdisciplinary skills necessary for today’s industry.

Introductory courses prepare the foundation for Mechatronics by blending fundamental courses related to electrical, electronics, and mechanical disciplines, including hands-on machining.

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SAMPLE COURSES

  • ECET 10900 Digital Fundamentals
  • MET 10000 Production Drawing and Computer-Aided Design
  • MET 24200 Manufacturing Processes II

A deeper knowledge is built by integrating theory with extensive hands-on laboratory training, mathematics, science, and electrical motors.

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SAMPLE COURSES

  • MET 21300 Dynamics
  • ECET 21201 Electrical Power and Motors

Integration of electrical and mechanical systems begin with courses focusing on applying control using industry-grade hardware and software.

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SAMPLE COURSES

  • ECET 26200 Programmable Logic Controllers
  • MCET 33000 Industrial Programming and Networking

Senior Design Project provides the opportunity to pursue an idea from conception to design, then execute into a demonstrable project. A minor in industrial robotics adds marketability.

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SAMPLE COURSES

  • ET 49700 Senior Project
  • MCET 38200 Programming Industrial Robots
  • MCET 48200 Application of Industrial Robots for Advanced Manufacturing

Highlights

Our mechatronics engineering technology program is the first of its kind in the nation to be accredited by TAC-ABET.

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Outcomes

Our graduates are prepared for positions in electromechanical design, manufacturing and electronic controls of packaging machinery.

Scholarships

There are multiple scholarships available to students in this program, including:

Beyond the Classroom

Mechatronics majors have the opportunity to take part in many extracurricular activities, including the professional organization PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute) and the annual PACK EXPO. This is usually held in October or November and alternates between Chicago and Las Vegas.

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, listed below with average salaries:

  • Mechatronics engineer: $70,779
  • Automation engineer: $72,045
  • Packaging engineer: $64,791
  • Control specialist: $77,238
  • Motion control programmer: $67,326
  • Technical services supervisor: $82,627
  • Machine designer: $65,880
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) designer/programmer: $73,749

Employers

Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • Rockwell Automation
  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation
  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Ford Motor Company
  • E-PAK Machinery
  • NiSource
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • PepsiCo

Accreditation

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.

Ryan Zalewa

Purdue University Northwest has advanced laboratories that allow you to design and operate manufacturing processes and run them in real time or virtually simulate them.

Ryan Zalewa
Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Radha Krishna M. Kotha

The Mechatronics Program at PNW has given me hands-on experience with electrical, mechanical and control equipment. It is fascinating to build a mechatronics system, as it deals with knowledge from different disciplines. The program has helped me to think in innovative ways and become capable of inventing new automated systems.

Radha Krishna M. Kotha

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

My favorite parts of my classes were hands-on laboratory activities. I was able to verify and understand the theories I learned in my classes in an state-of-the-art, industrial-grade laboratory. My professors were always willing to spend extra time with me in the laboratory to explain the material, along with examples of the relationship between theory and practice.

George Dalka, Electrical Design Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Meet the Faculty

Masoud Fathizadeh

Masoud Fathizadeh, Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology

Masoud Fathizadeh is the coordinator of the mechatronics program. He has extensive background in automation, energy and power systems and power electronics.

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