Designed for practicing mechanical and electrical engineers, the mechatronics certificate positions you to drive innovation in technology and product development.
The certificate in mechatronics engineering 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 certificate 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 curriculum and facilitates the transfer of new cross-disciplinary knowledge to professional practice. Participants are positioned to drive innovation in technology and product development.
The certificate consists of 9 credit hours and includes two online courses in electrical and mechanical engineering plus an on-campus integrated laboratory applications course in mechatronics. The certificate may be completed in one academic year.
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.
Foundations of Circuits and Electronics
This course covers the fundamentals 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 analysis of circuits having series, parallel, and other combinations of circuit elements. Thevenin and maximum power transfer theorems are proved and applied. The complex plane and complex algebra are introduced along with the concepts of complex exponential functions, Phasors, complex 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 the design of analog integrated circuits using op amps are covered. Other topics include: transfer functions and frequency responses of RLC circuits, analog filter design, basic MOSFET current-voltage characteristics, DC and AC analysis of transistor circuits, and the design of single stage amplifiers.
Embedded Systems for Mechatronics
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: Matlab 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 introduction to external interfaces. Simulink topics include: creating a model file, basic block manipulation, interfacing with Matlab, modeling and solutions of systems, creating subsystems, S-functions, and custom blocks. This course introduces embedded systems programming with microprocessors focusing on measuring input, manipulating data, and controlling output. Several systems-level examples are presented.
Lab Applications in Mechatronics
This course provides a culminating experience for the mechatronics engineering certificate, relying upon the completed course work and culminating in development of laboratory experiences related to mechatronics. Students enrolled in the course will design and prepare a novel lab experiment and complete lab experiments created by peers.
Total Semester Credit Hours
To be considered for admission to the certificate in mechatronics engineering, candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering (preferably mechanical or electrical engineering) from an accredited institution. No transfer credit is permitted.
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