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AAS Degree – Code #2729

BS Degree - Code #2882 

Timothy Cochran, Program Coordinator (AAS and BS)
Email address: cochratj@alfredstate.edu

Mechatronics interweaves electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering technology with applications in automated industrial processes and robotics. Mechatronics professionals are the technicians and engineers who design and maintain automated equipment. Technicians and engineers conduct their work in laboratories, offices or on-site at manufacturing plants. These professionals work toward the same goal of producing safe and efficient automated equipment. While technicians primarily maintain machinery, engineers are more concerned with the design and development of components and products. A mechatronics technology graduate will design, adapt, and troubleshoot electro-mechanical systems that are controlled by programmable digital devices.

Advantages

  • Combines strength in electrical and mechanical engineering technology.
  • Broad background to fit many possibilities and small employers.
  • Learn in laboratories outfitted with excellent electronic test equipment.
  • Hands-on metal and circuit board fabrication facilities.
  • Program different devices to perform electromechanical tasks.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) - AAS Degree

(a) an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

(b) an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;

 (c) an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

 (d) an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

 (e) an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

 (f) an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

 (g) an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

(h) an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; 

(i) a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. 

(j) Use computer-aided drafting or design tools to prepare graphical representations of electromechanical systems; 

(k) Use circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, basic instrumentation, and computers to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems; and 

(l) Use statics, dynamics (or applied mechanics), strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards, and manufacturing processes to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) - BS Degree

(a) an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities; 

(b) an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies; 

(c) an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes; 

(d) an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives; 

(e) an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team; 

(f) an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems; 

(g) an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature; 

(h) an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; 

(i) an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; 

(j) a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; 

(k) a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement; 

(l) Use computer-aided drafting or design tools to prepare graphical representations of electromechanical systems; 

(m) Use circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, basic instrumentation, and computers to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems; and 

(n) Use statics, dynamics (or applied mechanics), strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards, and manufacturing processes to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems. 

(o) Use appropriate computer programming languages for operating electromechanical systems; 

(p) Use electrical/electronic devices such as amplifiers, motors, relays, power systems, and computer and instrumentation systems for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting electromechanical systems; 

(q Use advanced topics in engineering mechanics, engineering materials, and fluid mechanics for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems; 

(r) Use basic knowledge of control systems for the applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems;

(s) Use differential and integral calculus, as a minimum, to characterize the static and dynamic performance of electromechanical systems; and 

(t) Use appropriate management techniques in the investigation, analysis, and design of electromechanical systems. 

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State mechatronics technology AAS graduates may enter directly into the construction supervision BTech, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, the mechatronics technology BS, or technology management BBA degree program.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Robotics Testing Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Industrial Robotics Mechanic
  • Programmable Logic Controller Assembler
  • Electromechanical Technician

 Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent:

Mechatronics technology (AAS degree): 100 percent – 100 percent continued their education.

Mechatronics technology (BS degree): 100 percent – 97 percent are employed; 3 percent continued their education.

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Related Programs

Computer Engineering Technology
Electrical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations (AAS)

Applicants for the mechatronics technology program must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent. Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2
Recommended: Physics

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations (BS)

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2. 
Recommended: Physics

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at oas@alfredstate.edu  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Technical Standards 

It is essential that students are able to fully participate, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in engineering technology lab and test procedures.  Engineering technology students should be able to: 

  • Maintain ethical standards as defined by professional societies such as ASME and IEEE (non-exhaustive list)
  • Appropriately use hand and power tools.
  • Appropriately use test, analysis, and measurement equipment
  • Maintain professional integrity in the classroom and laboratory setting
  • Communicate effectively, orally and written
  • Perform experiments safely in a laboratory environment
  • Visually decipher lab equipment digital or analogue displays
  • Understand and retain information found in equipment manuals, data sheets, and lab instructions
  • Comprehend written and oral directions; act on those directions safely
  • Visually identify and select hardware components
  • Visually distinguish computer software user interface elements
  • Interpret software outputs to analyze data
  • Have sufficient dexterity to finely adjust equipment settings
  • Interpret complex data tables and graphs

Required Equipment

A tier 3 laptop computer is required for students entering the mechatronics technology programs. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

Mechatronics Technology - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ELET 1133 Digital Logic 3
ELET 1111 Digital Logic Laboratory 1
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
MECH 1603 Graphics/CAD 3
ELET 1202 Intro to Electrical Eng Tech 2
ELET 1001 Seminar 1
      16

Second

ELET 1142 Electronic Fabrication 2
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
MCET 2423 Circuits Fundamentals 3
MCET 2461 Circuits Fundamentals Lab 1
GLST 2113 Global Perspectives:Spcl Topic 3
      16

Third

ELET 2103 Electronics Theory I 3
ELET 2151 Electronics Laboratory I 1
MECH 3334 Statics 4
ELET 2143 Embedded Controller Fundmtls 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3
      17

Fourth

PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
MATH 2074 Technical Calculus II 4
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
    OR  
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent
      13

If not required to take math due to placement scores, take LAS electives to complete degree requirements of LAS credits.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 63 semester credit hours
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences
  • Five of 10 SUNY General Education categories
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a grade of "C" or better in the core courses
  • Approval of department faculty

Mechatronics Technology - BS Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ELET 1133 Digital Logic 3
ELET 1111 Digital Logic Laboratory 1
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
GLST 2113 Global Perspectives:Spcl Topic 3
ELET 1202 Intro to Electrical Eng Tech 2
ELET 1001 Seminar 1
      16

Second

ELET 1142 Electronic Fabrication 2
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
MCET 2423 Circuits Fundamentals 3
MCET 2461 Circuits Fundamentals Lab 1
MECH 4003 Solid Modeling 3
      16

Third

ELET 2103 Electronics Theory I 3
ELET 2151 Electronics Laboratory I 1
MECH 3334 Statics 4
ELET 2143 Embedded Controller Fundmtls 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3
      17

Fourth

PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
MATH 2074 Technical Calculus II 4
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 General Education/LAS Elective 3
      16

TYPICAL FIVE-THROUGH-EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

Fifth

CHEM 5013 Applied Chemical Principles 3
MECH 5334 Mechanics of Materials 4
MCET 5004 Instrumentation 4
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective (Upper) 3
      14

Sixth

ELET 6143 Electrical Machine and Control 3
MATH 6114 Differential Equations 4
MATH 7113 Economic Analy for Engr Tech 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxx4 Technical Elective 4
      17

Seventh

BSET 7001 Senior Seminar & Project Des 1
MECH 7153 Fluid Power Systems Design 3
PHYS 8013 Modern Physics 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
MCET 7143 Process Controls 3
      13

Eighth

EMET 6004 Feedback Control Systems 4
BSET 8003 Senior Technical Project 3
MATH 7123 Statistics for Engr Tech & Sci 3
MECH 6643 Process Engineering & Manufact 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
      16

BS Degree Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of above courses
  • 126 credit hours
  • 52 upper-division credit hours
  • 60 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • Seven of 10 General Education areas