Congratulations to Kent State University's Robotics Club for taking home third place in the On-Site Mining Category at the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition!
Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology integrates mechanical, electrical, computer and controls. Mechatronics engineering technology revolves around the design, construction and operation of automated systems, robots and intelligent products, which result from the integration of software and hardware.
“Our engineering programs seamlessly partner with our engineering technology programs, providing an academic experience that is unlike any offered at an institution of higher education. Only in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering will students be offered the opportunity, even encouraged, to blend learning experiences and swing between the foundational principles of underlying theory and analysis techniques and the most current application and design methods. In other words, our students at every level are encouraged to not only discover but also to integrate and apply.” - Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able 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.
- Design systems, components or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
- Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities.
KSU Robotics Club Takes Third Place in NASA Robotic Mining Competition
What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?
The line between the two is becoming more blurred since responsibilities overlap more now than ever. In general, an engineer has a theoretical understanding of how something is happening. The curriculum for engineers includes high level math, theory and conceptual design. Whereas, the curriculum for engineering technology programs focus on the implementation of engineering principles to solve problems. Engineering technology tends to be more hands-on and application oriented, teaching students to operate, maintain, trouble-shoot, inspect and test systems. Graduates from these programs can speak intelligently about the technology to communicate with those on the plant floor, upper management, customers and users for sales purposes. It is possible that both engineers and engineer technologists may design a product to solve a problem, but the engineer would be more likely to discover a new technology, practice or principle. An engineering technologist would use the new technology created by the engineer and apply it to the product he or she is designing. The engineer develops the big picture while the engineering technologist works out the details. For more information, download "Is There An Engineer Inside You?" by Celeste Baine for free.