Mechatronics Concentration

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. 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. The Tennessee Tech Mechatronics concentration prepares engineers that are familiar with and competent in cutting-edge technology in both mechanical, electrical and computer engineering and are prepared to develop innovative products to address societal needs.

Mechatronics Flowchart

Freshman Year

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

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

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

SBS1
ME 4410 Senior Design I
ME 4020 Applied Machine Design or ME 4720 Thermal Design
ECE 3210** or ME 4810 Controls
ECE 3130 Microprocessors
3
3
3
3
4
SBS2
HUFA2
ME 4420 Senior Design II
ME 4751 Energy Sys Lab
ME 4370 Mechatronics
3
3
3
2
3
Total: 16 Total: 14

Outcomes for students that participate in this program include the following:

  • 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 a 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 a engineering system that integrates multiple sensors and actuators, and provides supervisory autonomous control through an embedded micro controller unit

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