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Mechatronics Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering

Be a pioneer with a bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering

If you are looking for one of the most marketable STEM degrees in the world, look no further than South Carolina State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering.

SC State’s newest engineering degree is a discipline that merges mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Mechatronics engineers work on the design, testing and manufacturing of smart systems in areas such as robotics, medical and assistive technology, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, and unmanned aerial and ground vehicles.

Modern mechatronics also integrates elements of aviation, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, and cybersecurity. Because mechatronics is used in so many different industries and applications, the discipline lends itself to wide applicability in diverse career paths.

Mechatronics is hot in the job market

The U.S. Department of Labor has deemed mechatronics an emerging growth area for new jobs. Skills students acquire in SC State’s program will be valuable to employers from a variety of industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, communications, defense, electronics and healthcare.
Mechatronics originally was conceived as a combination of mechanics and electronics in the late 1960s but has continued to evolve and grow ever since. There has been a dramatic increase in mechatronics education at the university level across the globe in the last decade, but the U.S. is behind the curve.
Few universities in this country offer a Bachelor of Science degree in mechatronics, and SC State is the first in the state of South Carolina.
Mechatronics will someday dominate the manufacturing landscape because it includes essential components that will enable all industries to manufacture faster and better.
Mechatronics Engineering graduates can select from a wide spectrum of industries for career choices and can also serve in a variety of roles such as design engineers, software engineers, project planners, project designers and project managers. Opportunities are available to graduates in smaller companies that need generalists who can perform both electrical engineering and mechanical engineering functions.

Program Educational Objectives

The academic program that leads to the BS degree in Mechatronics Engineering guides, nurtures, and prepares students to become graduates who, within five years after graduation, will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Work as professionals in diverse organizations or as entrepreneurs, able to participate in innovation, research, and development in control and automation systems.
  2. Practice Mechatronics Engineering in the design and implementation of control and automation systems, demonstrating technical expertise, collaborating, and communicating effectively.
  3. Continually expand their skill set and knowledge through independent study or high-level training such as professional certifications, graduate degrees or web seminars.
  4. Achieve and maintain positions of influence in the community of Mechatronics Engineering professionals, showing organizational engagement, social responsibility, and ethics.

Student Outcomes

You will be able to demonstrate that you have an ability to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

About the SC State Department of Engineering