Automation Engineering Technology: Mechatronics (AEM)

(Effective Fall 2020)

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 ( 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.


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

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