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Certificate Program - Mechatronics

RIT’s Mechatronics Engineering Certificate program is designed for practicing mechanical and electrical engineers who aspire to become strong contributors to multidisciplinary design and product development teams working in the area of mechatronics.   The program provides engineers with a solid foundation in the core principles of their complementary discipline and augments this foundation with focused study in mechatronics at the intersection of electrical and mechanical engineering.  A significant laboratory experience completes the program and facilitates the transfer of new cross-disciplinary knowledge to professional practice.  Participants are positioned to drive innovation in technology and product development.

The online certificate program offers:

  • Advanced technical skills training in Mechatronics, at the intersection of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, is critical for most new product innovations.
  • Courses in the Mechatronics Engineering Certificate program can be used to meet professional development and continuing education requirements for registered Professional Engineers (1 credit = 1.5 CEU’s or 15 PDH’s).
  • Two courses from the Certificate can be applied towards a subsequent Master’s degree in either Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.

The 12-credit program consists of eight online courses in electrical and mechanical engineering, plus an on-campus integrated laboratory applications course in Mechatronics.  An optional 1-credit online review course (MECE 151) is available to help students prepare. 

All course work can be completed online except for a one-week intensive lab experience.

Typical program for full-time professionals:

Summer (before first year)

Credits

MECE-151 Review of Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Physics (optional)

1*

First Year

 

EEEE-251 Principles of Analog Electronics

1

MECE-252 Principles of Statics, Strengths, and Dynamics

1

EEEE-252 Principles of Digital Systems

1

MECE-251 Principles of Thermodynamics, Fluids, and Heat Transfer

1

MECE-450 Intor to MATLAB Procedural Programming

1

EEEE-253 Principles of Linear Systems

1

Second Year

 

MECE-253 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design for Mechatronics

1

EEEE-451 Introduction to Simulink and Embedded Systems Programming

2

MECE-625/EEEE-625 Lab Applications in Mechatronics

3

Total Credits 12

*Does not count towards Certificate.

Students may choose to take an additional 3-credit course that can be applied towards a graduate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering: 

  • Mechanical Engineering: MECE 601,602 Math Iⅈ MECE 623 Powertrain Systems & Design; MECE 624 Vehicle Dynamics; MECE 643 Classical Controls; MECE 658 Engineering Vibrations, MECE 743 Digital Control Systems; MECE 744 Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering: EEEE 602 Random Signals & Noise; EEEE 661 Modern Control Theory; EEEE 678 Digital Signal Processing; EEEE 733 Robust Control; EEEE 765 Optimal Control; EEEE 779 Digital Image Processing; EEEE 797 Wireless Communications

Course Descriptions

MECE 151 Engineering Mechanics Review - 1 credit (optional – does not count toward Certificate – but applicants must provide evidence of preparation)

The goal of this course is to review calculus, differential equations, Newtonian mechanics, and electricity and magnetism through a series of mechanical and electrical engineering examples. The course introduces on-line learning technologies to be used in subsequent professional development courses at RIT, assesses preparation and readiness for subsequent courses (to allow engineers and managers to make informed decisions about next steps with a continuing education program of study), and assists life-long learners with knowledge retention.  This course is well suited for life-long education and continuing education credit for licensure.

MECE 251 Principles of Thermodynamics, Fluids, and Heat Transfer - 1 credit
This course introduces the principles of energy transfer through the use of first principles and empirical correlations. Topics include concepts of pressure, temperature, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, thermodynamic cycles, Newtonian fluids, manometry, fluid flow, conduction, convection, and radiation. Techniques include the conservation of energy and momentum. The course introduces the principles of energy and its transport in cycles and systems.  Rudimentary systems-level examples are presented.

EEEE 251 Principles of Analog Electronics - 1 credit
The course covers the basics of DC and AC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power,and energy. Linearity and superposition, together with Kirchhoff's laws, are applied to the analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of elements. Thevenin and maximum power transfer theorems are proven and applied. The complex plane is introduced along with the concepts of complex exponential functions, phasors, impedances and admittances.  Semiconductor diodes and diode circuits, including rectifying and clamping circuits, as well as Zener diode-based voltage regulation, are introduced. Ideal operational amplifier circuits in non-inverting and inverting configurations and design of design of analog integrated circuits using op amp are covered. Basic MOSFET current-voltage characteristics, DC and AC analysis of transistor circuits and design of single stage amplifiers are presented.

MECE 252 Principles of Statics, Strengths, and Dynamics - 1 credit
This course introduces the principles of equilibrium through the use of Newton's laws. Two dimensional equilibrium is considered for particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces. Topics include concepts of force and moment, trusses, frames, simple machines, friction, centroids and moments of inertia. Techniques include the method of joints and the method of sections. This course introduces the principles of the mechanics of deformable media, including stress, strain, deflections and the relationships between them. The basic loading of tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending are introduced. One- and two-dimensional examples are presented.

EEEE 252  Principles of Digital Systems - 1 credit
This course introduces the basic components and methodologies used in digital systems design. The laboratory component consists of a small design, implementation, and debugging project.  Topics include: Boolean algebra, synthesis and analysis of combinational logic circuits, arithmetic circuits, memory elements, synthesis and analysis of sequential logic circuits, finite state machines, and data transfer.

MECE 253 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design for Mechatronics - 1 credit
This course builds upon the core principles of mechanical engineering to introduce fundamental concepts of mechanical design applied to mechatronics systems. Topics include thermal and mechanical failure modes of mechatronic systems,  design considerations to mitigate failures modes; materials science considerations such as materials compatibility, corrosion and material selection; and solid modeling of mechatronic systems for parts, assemblies, parametric design, and revision control.

EEEE 253  Principles of Linear Systems - 1 credit
This course introduces the principles of continuous and discrete signal and system analysis. Topics include a description of continuous linear systems via differential equations, a description of discrete systems via difference equations, input-output relationship of continuous and discrete linear systems, the continuous time convolution integral, the discrete time convolution sum, exponential and trigonometric forms of Fourier series and their properties, sampling of continuous time signals, and the Laplace, Z and DTFT transforms. The solution of circuit problems using Laplace transforms, transfer functions of physical systems, system frequency response are presented. Finally, an introduction to the design of analog and digital filters is introduced.

MECE 450  Introduction to Matlab Procedural Programming - 1 credit
This course introduces the principles of Matlab through the use of examples and  hands-on learning. Matlab topics include: basic function usage, matrix manipulation, polynomials, programming loops (for/while), operators, logical operations, conditional flow control (if-then statements), programming (m-files), data import/export, plotting graphic routines, data analysis, and custom functions.  Several systems-level examples are presented.

EEEE 451  Introduction To Simulink and Embedded Systems - 2 credits
This course introduces the principles of Simulink through the use of examples and hands-on learning.  Topics include: creating a model file, basic block manipulation, interface with Matlab, modeling and solutions of systems, creating subsystems, S-functions, and custom blocks.  Several systems-level examples are presented.  The embedded systems with microprocessors focuses on measuring input, manipulating data, and controlling output.

MECE/EEEE 625  Lab Applications in Mechatronics - 3 credits
This course provides an integrative experience for the mechatronics engineering certificate, relying upon the completed course work and culminating in the development of laboratory experiences related to mechatronics. Students will design and prepare a novel lab experiment and complete experiments designed by peers.

Admissions

Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution. Transfer credit may be available for comparable undergraduate courses completed with a grade of “C” or better. Click here to apply.

Contact

Email: mechatronics@rit.edu

Phone: 585-475-7102

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