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Mechatronics Engineering Certificate Program

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).

The 9-credit program consists of twoonline courses in electrical and mechanical engineering, plus an on-campus integrated laboratory applications course in Mechatronics.  All course work can be completed online except for a one-week intensive lab experience on campus.

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

Typical program for full-time professionals, which is normally completed in one calendar year:

Fall

Credits

 

MECE-255* Foundations of Thermal and Mechanical Systems (for electrical engineers) (for electrical engineers)

or

EEEE-255* Foundations of Circuits and Electronics(for mechanical engineers)

3

Spring

 

MECE/EEEE 515/615 Embedded Systems for Mechatronics

3

Summer

 

 

MECE/EEEE 625 Lab Applications in Mechatronics

3

Total Credits 9

*Mechanical Engineers must take EEEE-255 and Electrical Engineers must take MECE-255, but enrollees are welcome to also take the opposite course as review, even though it is not required.

 

Course Descriptions

 

MECE 255 Foundations of Thermal and Mechanical Systems – 3 credits
This course introduces the principles of modeling and simulation of thermo-mechanical dynamic systems through the use of first principles and empirical correlations. Topics include modeling of mechanical, fluid and thermal components and systems; frequency and time domain analysis; and rudimentary systems-level examples.  (Prerequisite: BS in Engineering)

EEEE 255 Foundations of Circuits and Electronics – 3 credits
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 circuit elements. Thevenin and maximum power transfer theorems are proven and applied. Complex plane and complex algebra are introduced along with the concepts of complex exponential functions, phasors, complex impedances and admittances. Transfer function and frequency response of RLC circuits are discussed. Semiconductor diodes and diode circuits, including rectifying and clamping circuits, as well as Zener diode-based voltage regulation are introduced.  Ideal operational amplifier (op amp) circuits in non-inverting and inverting configurations and design of analog integrated circuits using op amp are also covered.  The design of analog filters is presented as well as MOSFET current-voltage characteristics, DC and AC analysis of transistor circuits, and design of single stage amplifiers.  (Pre-requisite: BS in Engineering)

EEEE/MECE 515/615 Embedded Systems for Mechatronics – 3 credits
This course introduces the principles of Matlab, Simulink, and Embedded Systems through the use of examples, problems, and a hands-on learning approach.  Matlab topics include: basic function usage, matrix manipulation, polynomials, programming loops, operators, logical operations, conditional flow control, m-files, data import/export, plotting, data analysis, custom functions, differential equation solvers, Fourier transforms, systems modeling, and an introduction to external interfaces.  Simulink topics include: creating a model file, basic block manipulation, interface with Matlab, modeling and solutions of systems, creating subsystems, S-functions, custom blocks.  Also included is an introduction to embedded system programming with microprocessors focusing on measuring input, manipulating data, and controlling output.  Several systems-level examples are presented.  (Pre-requisite: BS in Engineering)

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.  (Pre-requisites: MECE/EEEE 515/615, BS in Engineering)

Admissions

Now Accepting Applications for the Fall Semester 2016. Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. No transfer credit is pernitted. Click here to apply.

Contact

Email: mechatronics@rit.edu

Phone: 585-475-7102

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