Mechatronics Engineering Technology Bachelor of science degree

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Overview

With a degree in mechatronics engineering–the integration of electrical and mechanical systems that involve electronics, mechanical systems, computers, imaging and sensing, automation, and robotics–you'll drive the design and development of smart products.


  • Airplanes are complex mechanical systems with thousands of embedded computers and electrical systems that coordinate and monitor everything from the flight control system, navigational system, and air speeds to interior lights, wing flaps, and communication systems.
  • Sorting and packaging systems on production lines combine manufacturing efficiencies with computer systems that can effectively scan, sort, and package products.
  • Smart doorbells integrate motion sensing, real-time video capture, facial recognition, and voice control, all controlled by an app on your phone.
  • Drones combine electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering with control systems and imaging technologies in order to take off and land, capture photos and videos, gather and communicate data, and accurately aim and launch projectiles.

These are just a sampling of the dynamic capabilities of mechatronic engineering. And students who earn a mechatronics engineering degree are at the forefront of developing and integrating the technologies that influence how we work, play, learn, and live.

What is mechatronics engineering?

Mechatronics engineering combines electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering along with systems integration and project management. It focuses on mechanics, electronics, robotics, automation, imaging and sensing technologies, and computing to design and develop smart products and smart manufacturing systems. Mechatronics engineering is the design and development of the entire system in mind, not just one component.

There is a growing need for mechatronic engineers who have a strong foundation in the key areas – electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, programming, systems design, manufacturing processes, robotics, and automation – that influence the design and development of products with the whole system in mind, not just one component. 

A degree in mechatronics engineering technology integrates these key areas into one program that prepares students for careers in designing and developing the products of the future. The degree takes a systems approach, analyzing the whole system and breaking it down into subsystems and their individual components to prepare graduates for the innovative design solutions that will be required of them.

RIT’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology

In the BS degree in mechatronics engineering technology, students develop skills in courses that build a foundation of knowledge in electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. You’ll also study circuits and electronics, computing and programming, manufacturing materials, microprocessors and digital systems, automation and robotics, and control systems.

Adding a minor in a complementary area of study deepens your expertise in a core area of mechatronics and broadens your skillset for a career in this dynamic field. These minors support the mechatronics engineering technology program:

Four blocks, or approximately one year, of cooperative education provides full-time, paid experience in industry. A senior design project in your final year is a team-based experience where you will combine your course work and co-op experiences to work on a design project focused on the development of mechatronic technologies, such as components and systems.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the mechatronics engineering technology degree are required to complete four co-op blocks. You'll alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education (e.g., study abroad, research, military service) may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

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Curriculum for Mechatronics Engineering Technology BS

Mechatronics Engineering Technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHMG-131 General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective: General Chemistry for Engineers 3
EEET-215 Circuits and Electronics 2
EEET-216 Circuits and Electronics Lab 1
MATH-171 General Education – Mathematical Perspective A: Calculus A 3
MATH-172 General Education – Mathematical Perspective B: Calculus B 3
MCET-101 Fundamentals of Engineering 3
MCET-110 Foundations of Metals 2
MCET-111 Characterization of Metals Lab 1
MFET-105 Machine Tools Lab 1
MFET-120 Manufacturing Processes 3
PHYS-111 General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective: College Physics I 4
UWRT-150 General Education – First-Year Writing: FYW: Writing Seminar (WI) 3
YOPS-10 RIT 365: RIT Connections 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   COMM-142    General Education – Elective: Introduction to Technical Communication  
   COMM-221    General Education – Elective: Public Relations Writing  
   COMM-253    General Education – Elective: Communication  
   ENGL-360    General Education – Elective: Written Argument  
   ENGL-361    General Education – Elective: Technical Writing  
   TCOM-325    General Education – Elective: Business Communication  
Second Year
CPET-121 General Education – Elective: Computational Problem Solving I 3
EEET-225 Electronic Amplifiers 2
EEET-226 Electronic Amplifiers Laboratory 1
EMET-290 Mechanics for Mechatronics 3
ENGT-95 Career Seminar 0
MATH-211 General Education – Elective: Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
MCET-150 Engineering Communication and Tolerancing 3
MCET-220 Principles of Statics 3
PHYS-112 General Education – Elective: College Physics II 4
STAT-145 General Education – Elective: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  General Education – Artistic Perspective 3
Third Year
EEET-247 Microprocessors and Digital Systems 2
EEET-248 Microprocessors and Digital Systems Laboratory 1
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (spring, summer) 0
MFET-340 Automation Control Systems 2
MFET-341 Automation Control Systems Lab 1
MFET-585 Robots and Automation 2
MFET-586 Robots and Automation Lab 1
STAT-146 General Education – Elective: Introduction to Statistics II 4
  General Education – Ethical Perspective 3
Fourth Year
EEET-241 Electrical Machines and Transformers 2
EEET-242 Electrical Machines and Transformers Lab 1
EEET-427 Control Systems 4
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (summer) 0
MCET-430 Thermal Fluid Science I 3
MCET-530 Thermal Fluid Science II 3
MECA-518 Mechatronics ET Capstone Prep 1
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
  General Education – Global Perspective 3
  General Education – Elective 3
  General Education – Immersion 1, 2 6
Fifth Year
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (fall) 0
MECA-519 Mechatronics ET Capstone 3
  General Education – Social Perspective 3
  General Education – Immersion 3 3
  General Education - Elective 3
  Open Electives 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 126

The proposed curriculum outline provides an overview of the course work/topic areas in this new program and is subject to change.

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

 

Accelerated dual degree option

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.

Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS degree/Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration, MS degree, typical course sequence

This proposed curriculum outline is provided to give students an idea of the course work and topic areas this new program will cover. This course work is subject to change.

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHMG-131 General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective: General Chemistry for Engineers 3
EEET-215 Circuits and Electronics 2
EEET-216 Circuits and Electronics Lab 1
MATH-171 General Education – Mathematical Perspective A: Calculus A 3
MATH-172 General Education – Mathematical Perspective B: Calculus B 3
MCET-101 Fundamentals of Engineering 3
MCET-110 Foundations of Metals 2
MCET-111 Characterization of Metals Lab 1
MFET-105 Machine Tools Lab 1
MFET-120 Manufacturing Processes 3
PHYS-111 General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective: College Physics I 4
UWRT-150 General Education – First Year Writing: FYW: Writing Seminar (WI) 3
YOPS-10 RIT 365: RIT Connections 0
Choose one of the following: 3
   COMM-142    General Education – Elective: Introduction to Technical Communication  
   COMM-221    General Education – Elective: Public Relations Writing  
   COMM-253    General Education – Elective: Communication  
   ENGL-361    General Education – Elective: Technical Writing  
   ENGL-360    General Education – Elective: Written Argument  
   TCOM-325    General Education – Elective: Business Communication  
Second Year
CPET-121 General Education – Elective: Computational Problem Solving I 3
EEET-225 Electronic Amplifiers 2
EEET-226 Electronic Amplifiers Laboratory 1
EMET-290 Mechanics for Mechatronics 3
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (summer) 0
ENGT-95 Career Seminar 0
MATH-211 General Education – Elective: Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
MCET-150 Engineering Communication and Tolerancing 3
MCET-220 Principles of Statics 3
PHYS-112 General Education – Elective: College Physics II 4
STAT-145 General Education – Elective: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  General Education – Artistic Perspective 3
Third Year
EEET-247 Microprocessors and Digital Systems 2
EEET-248 Microprocessors and Digital Systems Laboratory 1
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (summer) 0
MCET-430 Thermal Fluid Science I 3
MCET-530 Thermal Fluid Science II 3
MECA-518 Mechatronics ET Capstone Prep 1
MFET-585 Robots and Automation 2
MFET-586 Robots and Automation Lab 1
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals (Counts as Undergraduate Technical Elective) 3
MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing 3
STAT-146 General Education – Elective: Introduction to Statistics II 4
  General Education – Ethical Perspective 3
  General Education - Elective 3
  MMET Concentration Course (Counts as Undergraduate Open Elective) 3
Fourth Year
EEET-241 Electrical Machines and Transformers 2
EEET-242 Electrical Machines and Transformers Lab 1
EEET-427 Control Systems 4
EMET-499 EMET Co-op (summer) 0
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
MECA-519 Mechatronics ET Capstone 3
MFET-340 Automation Control Systems 2
MFET-341 Automation Control Systems Lab 1
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
STAT-670 Design of Experiments 3
  MMET Concentration Course (Counts as Undergraduate Open Elective) 3
  Open Elective 3
  General Education – Global Perspective 3
  General Education – Immersion 1 3
Fifth Year
DECS-744 Project Management 3
  MMET Concentration Course 3
  MMET Elective Course 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-603    Accounting for Decision Makers  
   ACCT-706    Cost Management  
Choose one of the following: 3
   MFET-788    MMSI Thesis Planning  
      MMET Elective Course  
Choose one of the following: 3
   MFET-797    MMSI Capstone Project  
   MFET-790    MMSI Thesis  
     MMET Elective and Comprehensive Exam  
  General Education – Immersion 2, 3 6
  General Education – Social Perspective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

The proposed curriculum outline provides an overview of the course work/topic areas in this new program and is subject to change.

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Manufacturing, mechanical, drafting and design, robotics, or electromechanical technology; engineering science

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