Mechatronics Engineering - Asheville

 

Bachelor of Science | Mechatronics Engineering - Asheville

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

Individuals in western North Carolina can complete an entire four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Asheville, NC. The Mechatronics Engineering program is a joint degree with the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Mechatronics engineering is a concentration which blends mechanical, electrical and computer engineering for the precision control of electromechanical systems. Control is achieved in today’s engineering systems through the use of sensors, actuators and microprocessors. The marriage of modern control systems with mechanical devices is key to the design and development of high-performance engineering systems. Just a few examples of computer-controlled mechanical systems are robots, engine fuel systems, hybrid automobiles, autonomous aerospace vehicles, stair-climbing wheelchairs and alternative power generation systems. Mechatronics engineering opens new avenues of creativity and design, greatly enhancing the utility, performance and efficiency of modern machinery.

The joint mechatronics engineering curriculum combines the best offerings from two nationally recognized universities. North Carolina State University provides the engineering course work from the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Hands-on laboratories integral to engineering course work are present throughout the curriculum. From the University of North Carolina at Asheville comes a general education component grounded in a rich liberal arts foundation.

The JEM degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Students interested in this unique Joint Mechatronics Engineering (JEM) program must first apply for admission to UNC-Asheville and designate the mechatronics engineering program as their major or area of study.

Fast Facts

  • The JEM degree is a four-year program administered entirely on the campus of UNC Asheville.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a Mechatronics Concentration.
  • The JEM degree is a joint degree whereby students take NC State University course work and UNC Asheville course work, all on the UNC Asheville campus.
  • Some NC State University course work is taught by NC State University faculty residing on the UNC Asheville campus, while other NC State University course work is delivered to UNC Asheville via live distance education technology.
  • Students who complete the program receive a diploma that reflects both UNC Asheville and NC State University as granting institutions.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

Eligibility

Prospective students should apply to UNC Asheville and express an interest in engineering. Upon completion of the freshman-year curriculum with a 3.0 GPA or better, students will be admitted to the Joint Engineering Mechatronics (JEM) Degree program. Transfer credits from other universities, majors and community colleges are accepted.

Plan of Study

This degree program combines both live, on-site classes taught by UNC-Asheville and NC State faculty and engineering classes delivered synchrononously from Raleigh. Local labs are taught and facilitated by NC State personnel. A full-time student can complete this B.S. degree in four years.

Career Prospects

Mechatronic devices or "smart" devices have become common in our technologically advanced society. Mechatronics engineers can work in any company that develops, designs or manufactures and markets "smart" devices. Opportunities exist in manufacturing, sales as well as research. Mechatronic devices have crept into everyday life.

Examples include:

  • Robots
  • Anti-lock brakes
    • A sophisticated control system takes over the braking function when the sensors recognize one or more wheels are locking up.
  • Photocopiers
  • Computer disk drives
  • Humidity sensitive clothes dryers and windshield wipers
    • How do these devices "know" if clothes are still damp or drizzle is hitting the windshield? Sensors, that's how.

Mechatronic devices can be found in medicine and surgery, agriculture, buildings, homes, automobiles, the toy and entertainment industry, intelligent aids for the elderly and disabled.

The curriculum combines the best that two nationally recognized universities have to offer. From NC State University comes the engineering component comprising course work in mechanical and aerospace engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechatronics. Hands-on laboratories are integral to the engineering course work.
From UNC-Asheville comes an engineering-themed humanities and social sciences component with a rich liberal arts foundation. Some of the NC State course work is taught by NC State faculty residing on the UNC Asheville campus, while other NC State course work is delivered to UNC-Asheville via live distance education technology.

NC State Engineering Courses

Freshman Year

E 101 - Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving

Units: 1

An introduction to the College of Engineering as a discipline and profession. Emphasis on engineering design, interdisciplinary teamwork, and problem solving from a general engineering perspective. Overview of academic policies affecting undergraduate engineering students. Exposure to College of Engineering and university-wide programs and services.

Offered in Fall and Spring

JEM 123 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design for Mechatronics Engineering

Units: 1

In this laboratory course, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of graphical communication and computer aided design. Offered at UNC Asheville only.

Offered in Fall and Spring

ECE 109 - Introduction to Computer Systems

Units: 3

Introduction to key concepts in computer systems. Number representations, switching circuits, logic design, microprocessor design, assembly language programming, input/output, interrupts and traps.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

JEM 180 - Introduction to Mechatronics Laboratory

Units: 2

This course introduces students to the mechatronic engineering discipline as a synergistic combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and control and information technology. Fundamental concepts in mechatronics engineering and design are introduced including analog and digital electronics, serial communication, sensors, actuators, motors, microcontrollers, and microcontroller interfacing to electromechanical systems. This is a "hands-on" course; all concepts will be introduced in an interactive lab/lecture environment. Two design projects are required with ample opportunity for self-guided exploration and creativity. Offered at UNC Asheville only.

Offered in Spring Only

Sophomore Year

ECE 200 - Introduction to Signals, Circuits and Systems

Units: 4

Ohm's law and Kirchoff's laws; circuits with resistors, photocells, diodes and LEDs; rectifier circuits; first order RC circuits; periodic signals in time and frequency domains, instantaneous, real and apparent power; DC and RMS value; magnitude andpower spectra, dB, dBW, operational amplifier circuits, analog signal processing systems including amplification, clipping, filtering, addition, multiplication, AM modulation sampling and reconstruction. Weekly hardware laboratory utilizing multimeter, function generator, oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer and custom hardware for experiments on various circuits and systems.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ECE 209 - Computer Systems Programming

Units: 3

Computer systems programming using the C language. Translation of C into assembly language. Introduction to fundamental data structures: array, list, tree, hash table.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MAE 206 - Engineering Statics

Units: 3

Basic concepts of forces in equilibrium. Distributed forces, frictional forces. Inertial properties. Application to machines, structures, and systems. Credit is not allowed for both MAE 206 and CE 214.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ECE 211 - Electric Circuits

Units: 4

Introduction to theory, analysis and design of electric circuits. Voltage, current, power, energy, resistance, capacitance, inductance. Kirchhoff's laws node analysis, mesh analysis, Thevenin's theorem, Norton's theorem, steady state and transient analysis, AC, DC, phasors, operational amplifiers, transfer functions.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ECE 212 - Fundamentals of Logic Design

Units: 3

Introduction to digital logic design. Boolean algebra, switching functions, Karnaugh maps, modular combinational circuit design, latches, flip-flops, finite state machines, synchronous sequential circuit design, datapaths, memory technologies, caches, and memory hierarchies. Use of several CAD tools for simulation, logic minimization, synthesis, state assignment, and technology mapping.

Offered in Fall and Spring

ECE 220 - Analytical Foundations of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Units: 3

This course is designed to acquaint you with the basic mathematical tools used in electrical and computer engineering. The concepts covered in this course will be used in higher level courses and, more importantly, throughout your career as an engineer. Major topics of the course include complex numbers, real and complex functions, signal representation, elementary matrix algebra, solutions to linear systems of equations, linear differential equations, laplace transforms used for solving linear differential equations, fourier series and transforms and their uses in solving ECE problems. EE and CPE Majors Only.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MAE 208 - Engineering Dynamics

Units: 3

Kinematics and kinetics of particles in rectangular, cylindrical, and curvilinear coordinate systems; energy and momentum methods for particles; kinetics of systems of particles; kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; motion relative to rotating coordinate systems.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Junior Year

ECE 306 - Introduction to Embedded Systems

Units: 3

Introduction to designing microcontroller-based embedded computer systems using assembly and C programs to control input/output peripherals. Use of embedded operating system.

Offered in Fall and Spring

JEM 360 - Advanced Mechatronics Design Laboratory

Units: 2

This is a hands-on lecture-lab course focused on the design of microcontroller-based systems that interact with their environment and communicate over the Internet, the quinessential thing on the Internet of Things [IoT]. We will pay particular attention to robotic things. This course has two primary objectives: [1] to provide an understanding of design strategy, and [2] to provide an understanding of technology used in creating IoT things. For Mechatronics students only; Offered at UNC Asheville only.

Offered in Fall Only

MAE 201 - Engineering Thermodynamics I

Units: 3

Introduction to the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties and the First and Second Law analysis of systems and control volumes. Integration of these concepts into the analysis of basic power cycles is introduced.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MAE 315 - Dynamics of Machines

Units: 3

Application of dynamics to the analysis and design of machine and mechanical components. Motions resulting from applied loads, and the forces required to produce specified motions. Introduction to mechanical vibration, free and forced response of discrete and continuous systems.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ECE 310 - Design of Complex Digital Systems

Units: 3

Design principles for complex digital systems. Decomposition of functional and interface specifications into block-diagrams and simulation with hardware description languages. Synthesis of gate-level descriptions from register-transfer level descriptions. Design and test of increasingly complex systems.

Offered in Fall and Spring

ECE 456 - Mechatronics

Units: 3

The study of electro-mechanical systems controlled by microcomputer technology. The theory, design and construction of smart systems; closely coupled and fully integrated products and systems. The synergistic integration of mechanisms, materials, sensors, interfaces, actuators, microcomputers, controllers, and information technology.

Offered in Fall Only

MAE 214 - Solid Mechanics

Units: 3

Concepts and theories of internal force, stress, strain, and strength of structural element under static loading conditions. Constitutive behavior for linear elastic structures. Deflection and stress analysis procedures for bars, beams, and shafts.Introduction to matrix analysis of structures.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MAE 435 - Principles of Automatic Control

Units: 3

Study of linear feedback control systems using transfer functions. Transient and steady state responses. Stability and dynamic analyses using time response and frequency response techniques. Compensation methods. Classical control theory techniquesfor determination and modification of the dynamic response of a system. Synthesis and design applications to typical mechanical engineering control systems. Introduction to modern control theory.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Senior Year

JEM 484 - Senior Design Project in Mechatronics Engineering I

Units: 3

In this laboratory course, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of the engineering design process via the construction of a prototype mechatronic system in a team environment. For mechatronics students only; Offered at UNC Asheville only.

Offered in Fall Only

MAE 308 - Fluid Mechanics

Units: 3

Development of the basic equations of fluid mechanics in general and specialized form. Application to a variety of topics including fluid statics; inviscid, incompressible fluid flow; design of Fluid dynamic system.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MAE 310 - Heat Transfer Fundamentals

Units: 3

Analysis of steady state and transient one and multidimensional heat conduction employing both analytical methods and numerical techniques. Integration of principles and concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to the development of practicalconvective heat transfer relations relevant to mechanical engineers. Heat transfer by the mechanism of radiation heat transfer.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

JEM 485 - Senior Design Project in Mechatronics Engineering II

Units: 3

In this laboratory course, students will develop and refine oral, written and graphical communication skills as their senior design project is finalized, presented and demonstrated. The course is conducted in a team environment. For mechatronics students only; offered at UNC Asheville only.

Offered in Spring Only

MAE 316 - Strength of Mechanical Components

Units: 3

Analysis and design of mechanical components based on deflection, material, static strength and fatigue requirements. Typical components include beams, shafts, pressure vessels and bolted and welded joints. Classical and modern analysis and design techniques. Computer analysis using the finite element method. Material and manufacturing considerations in design.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Full Curriculum 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2019
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerJune 21, 2019

Cheryl Alderman

Associate Director and Advisor, Engineering Online

College of Engineering

828.251.6943
alderman@ncsu.edu