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Mechatronics

Mechatronics is the interdisciplinary branch of engineering that deals with systems that integrate mechanical and electrical components together with modules for electronic control. Commonly associated with robotics and factory automation, Mechatronics has applications in many other areas, such as in the automotive and the aerospace industries. Examples of mechatronic systems include robots, automobiles, drones, printers, hard-disk drives, and appliances such as washing machines.

Degree



DEGREE INFORMATION

MECHATRONICS CONCENTRATION

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSECE) – Mechatronics Concentration is a new degree at LeTourneau University involving a curriculum of 127 semester hours. This new degree offers students exposure to interdisciplinary areas of engineering combining mechanical, electrical, computer, and control systems. Mechatronics engineers work with systems that have mechanical and electrical components, sensors, and actuators.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Mechatronics Concentration is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org


Curriculum Highlights

The Mechatronics curriculum includes both electrical and mechanical engineering classes. Programming is taught in Computer Science 1 and is emphasized in Introduction to Microcontrollers and in Robotics. Control systems theory is taught in Mechatronics and in Robotics. The curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice. On the practical side, students use various software tools that are important in industry, such as SolidWorks in Introduction to Engineering Practice 1, Simulink in Mechatronics and in Robotics, and MATLAB in classes such as Robotics and Digital Signal Processing. LabVIEW is our main measurement and control software, such as in the Circuits and Measurements Lab. The classes taken in the junior and senior years include:

To learn more about course requirements click on the links below.


Projects

Many engineering classes emphasize projects, such as Digital Electronics, Electronics and Lab, and Mechatronics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of their degree plan, Mechatronics students can participate in most engineering senior design projects. Information about recent senior design projects is available.

If you would like to sponsor or be a mentor of one of our senior design teams, please click here.


Lab Experience

Engineering hands-on experience begins in the freshman year, when all engineering students carry out a major project in Introduction to Engineering Practice 1 and learn basic machining and welding skills in Manufacturing Processes Lab. Subsequently, Mechatronics students use the Electronics Lab and the Advanced Electronics Lab for the study of electric and electronic circuits. Both electronics labs are equipped with standard test equipment (multimeters, waveform generators, oscilloscopes, DC power supplies) and data acquisition boards for interface with the LabVIEW software. The Microprocessors and Micorcontrollers Lab supports the Introduction to Microcontrollers class, in which students learn the details of microcontroller programming using the C language and a real-time operating system. Students learn to program industrial robots in the Robotics Lab. The lab is equipped with one delta robot and two articulated robots with six-degrees of freedom, from ST Robotics, and two UR3 cobots from Universal Robots.


What Can You Do With a Mechatronics Degree?

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Robotics Lab 360 Walkthrough

Samuel Veague takes us on a tour of the Robotics Lab. Click around the video to follow along!