The Bachelor of Science in Automation Engineering Technology – Mechatronics offers a curriculum where students will gain a diverse set of skills and knowledge in areas of electrical, electronics, mechatronics, robotics, vision systems, networking, automated systems, and software applications. The development of these skills will prepare graduates to work with complex automated systems used in the manufacturing of products. The combination of theory and hands-on skills will provide a versatile graduate with an ability to work at variety of jobs in the automation industry.

Career Opportunities

This program provides a unique and desirable combination of skills that meets a need requested by industry and prepares students for various positions in the automation industry. Potential jobs are technical sales, automation integrator, controls technician, mechanical technician, and controls engineer.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in mathematics and science with good communication skills. High school subjects that will best prepare students for this degree include Algebra and Physics.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Mechatronics major web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting). Minimum-level math required to begin technical courses is MTH006.

Transfer Procedures

Penn College graduates from mechatronics technology, robotics and automation, and electronics/computer engineering technology are eligible to enter this bachelor degree.

This bachelor degree major will consider students from other institutions who have completed associate degrees in closely related fields (mechatronics, robotics, electronics, computer engineering). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits when working with automated systems;
  • communicate electrical and technical information effectively verbally and/or in writing;
  • demonstrate knowledge of theory, mechanics and control of rotating machinery;
  • demonstrate the ability to perform equipment setup and commissioning;
  • apply and test power transmission equipment;
  • design, implement, program and troubleshoot complex mechatronics and automated systems;
  • setup and program robotic work cells; and
  • utilize vision in robotics and automated systems equipment.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5 4 3 M REQ
ELT119 Electrical Practices in Industry 4 3 3 M REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
ELT113 Accident Prevention 2 2 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT122 Alternating Current Fundamentals 5 4 3 M REQ
MTT221 Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair 4 2 6 M REQ
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
ELT130 Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 1 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT228 Fundamental Electronics and Controls 3 2 3 M REQ
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
EET246 Robotics and Fluid Power 3 2 3 M REQ
MET220 Mechanical Power Transmission Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
MET231 Mechatronic System Maintenance 3 1 6 M REQ
ELT254 Industrial Power and Control Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
ELT221 Applied Industrial Networking Essentials 2 1 3 M REQ
ELT245 Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
EET312 Equipment Installation and Commissioning 3 2 3 S REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
EET258 Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
EET340 Control Theory 4 3 3 M REQ
EET256 Motion Control 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET310 Automation Engineering Technology Internship 1 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET494 Senior Project Design 1 1 M REQ
EET405 Automation Concepts and Applications 3 3 M REQ
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
EET445 Advanced Automation Software 3 2 3 M REQ
EET311 Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems 3 2 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET496 Senior Project Implementation 3 9 M REQ
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
EET444 Robots and Vision Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 18