Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronics Concentration

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is the interdisciplinary field of engineering that deals with the design of products whose function relies on the integration of mechanical, electrical, and electronic components connected by a control scheme. Mechatronics is a vital component in modern product design and advanced manufacturing, and these skills are in high demand with employers for engineers from Tennessee Tech.

About Mechatronics

The Mechatronics Concentration at Tennessee Tech began in the Spring Semester of 2012. Through this program, students enrolling in either Electrical and Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering are able to participate in the Mechatronics curriculum program which will lead to a concentration in Mechatronics along with a Bachelor’s of Science in their respective (Electrical or Mechanical) Engineering degree.

  • Program Flowchart

    Mechatronics flowchart

  • Freshman Year Classes

    ENGL 1010
    HUFA1
    MATH 1910 Calc I
    CHEM 1110
    ENGR 1110 Graphics
    ENGR 1020*
    3
    3
    4
    4
    2
    1
    ENGL 1020
    MATH 1920 Calc II
    PHYS 2110 Phys I
    CSC 1300 Prob. Solving Prog.
    3
    4
    4
    4
    Total: 16 + 1 Total: 15

  • Sophomore Year Classes

    ENGL 2130, 2230, or 2330
    MATH 2120 Diff. E.
    MATH 2010 Matrix Alg.
    PHYS 2119 Phys II w/o lab
    CEE 2110 Statics
    ECE 2110 Intro to Digital Sys
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    COMM 2025 or PC 2500
    MATH 2110 Calc II
    ECE 2850 Princ. of Electric Circuit
    ECE 2011 EE Lab I
    ME 3001 ME Analysis
    ME 2330 Dynamics
    ME 2910 Proof. * Ethics
    3
    4
    3
    1
    3
    3
    1
    Total: 18 Total: 18

  • Junior Year Classes

    ME 3010 Materials
    ME 3023 Measurements
    ME 3210 Thermo I
    CEE 3110 Mech of Matls
    ME 3610 ME Dynamics of Mach
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    ME 3050 DMC
    ME 3060 DMC Lab
    ME 3720 Fluid Mechanics
    ME 3220 Thermo II
    ME 3710 Heat Transfer
    ME 4010 Machine Design
    3
    1
    3
    3
    3
    3
    Total: 15 Total: 16

  • Senior Year Classes

    SBS1
    HUFA2
    ME 4751 Energy Sys Lab
    ECE 3130 Microprocessors
    ME 4410 Senior Design I
    ME 4020 Applied Machine Design or ME 4720 Thermal Design
    3
    3
    2
    4
    3
    3
    SBS2
    ECE 3210** or ME 4810 Controls
    ME 4370 Mechatronics
    ME 4420 Senior Design II
    3
    3
    3
    3
    Total: 18 Total: 12

Program Objectives

  • Understand the role of mechatronics in product design and manufacturing
  • Be able to obtain and integrate knowledge from various engineering disciplines to achieve a successful solution to complex technical problems.
  • Analyze and design mechanical and electrical subsystems that make up a mechatronic system
  • Be able to engage in a complex project, and perform effectively as team members within an interdisciplinary group
  • Be able to perform multiple levels of data acquisition with signal conditioning
  • Understand the basic architecture of common commercial microcontrollers and develop embedded-control products with these
  • Be exposed to a wide variety of sensors and actuators and design manufacturing or products based on these.
  • Gain experience creating an engineering system that integrates multiple sensors and actuators, and provides supervisory autonomous control through an embedded microcontroller unit

Future Careers

  • Automation
  • Data scientist
  • Control system design
  • Electronics design
  • Robotics
  • Mechanical deign
  • Instrumentation
  • Software engineer

 

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