Explore the practical applications of mechanical engineering principles and contribute to the advancement of everyday technology by earning a mechatronics focused degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU).
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with an Emphasis in Mechatronics was developed with industry guidance to address the broad, foundational knowledge and skills required to meet or exceed the expectations of employers in fields such as:
- Mechanical engineering technology
- Application engineering
- Test engineering
- Project engineering
- Production engineering
- Product development engineering
- Manufacturing engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with an Emphasis in Mechatronics program is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
What Is a Mechatronics Engineering Degree Emphasis?
A mechatronics degree emphasis integrates mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and control systems. Skills learned in mechatronics give students the opportunity to design, build and operate smart machines, including automated systems, intelligent products and robots as well as the software and hardware needed to make it all work.
The bachelor’s in mechatronics engineering technology degree at GCU is offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. This academically rigorous program teaches topics and assesses competency in the following areas:
- Computerized design and manufacturing tools
- Fluid and thermal transport
- Materials and processes
- Controls and instrumentation
- Industrial automation
- Electrical troubleshooting
- Electromechanical systems principles
The curriculum in this mechatronics degree emphasis program integrates math, natural sciences and computer programming with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, real-world application and practical project management experience.
What You Will Learn During a Mechatronics Bachelor’s Degree Emphasis
Students begin the mechatronics engineering technology program developing foundational knowledge in science and mathematics, with a focus on physics and computer science. Advanced topic areas include static and dynamic loading conditions in mechanical systems, 2D and 3D design modeling in CAD software, and the analysis of fluid and heat transfer. Other core competencies of the bachelor’s in mechatronics degree emphasis program include the following:
- Computerized design and manufacturing processes
- Applications of instrumentation and machine shop tools
- Probability and statistics
- Mechatronic control systems
- Analysis of electric circuits under various loading conditions
- The physical and chemical properties of materials used in industry
- Machine design elements and kinematics
- Preventative maintenance and quality control to increase product reliability
In addition, students complete Capstone Project I and II. These are hands-on opportunities to work in teams and with a mentor to tackle real-world applied research and design projects in the students’ area of interest. Students may participate in internships and assigned projects in collaboration with engineering professionals. GCU also offers extensive STEM resources to help support students throughout their program.
Types of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics Careers
Within this emerging field, graduates can prepare for mechatronics careers that place them at the frontier of design, development and manufacturing. Employers need qualified mechatronics engineers to work in industries such as:1
- Machinery manufacturing
- Engineering services
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
These industries, among others, typically offer positions focused on product design, development, manufacturing and quality.
Graduates with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology with an Emphasis in Mechatronics find positions in companies across the country. Although most positions held by mechatronics graduates require only a bachelor’s degree, some graduates may choose to enhance their career qualifications by pursuing one of GCU’s many STEM master’s degrees.
BS in Mechatronics Engineering Degree Emphasis FAQs
1 U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electro-mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians in Dec. 2021
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.