About the Program

This certificate program provides fundamental principles of mechatronics with emphasis on application of these principles in emerging and classical areas of manufacturing and automotive technology. It covers such topics as mechatronics, robotics, advanced controls, and automotive powertrains. (12 credit hours)

The certificate can be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.   

Course Descriptions

Please choose four courses to complete the required 12 credit hours.

ME 547 Powertrains I

Topics in vehicle powertrain kinematics and dynamics, engine output characteristics, vehicle road load analysis, engine-transmission matching, design and analysis of gears and gear systems, planetary gear trains, design of powertrain components, clutch design and analysis, transmission design and analysis, torque and ratio analysis of automatic transmissions. (3 credits)

ME 564 Linear Systems Control or ECE 560 Modern Control Theory

ME 564- This course covers fundamental properties of linear dynamic systems. Topics include linear space, linear operators, Eigen-values/vectors, canonical form, representation, solution of state equations, stability, controllability, observability, design of state feedback control and development of observers with application examples in mechanical engineering. (3 credits)

ECE 560- Introduction to linear spaces and operators; mathematical description of multiple input-output systems; state variables and state transition matrix; controllability and observability and its application to irreducible realization of transfer function matrices; state variable estimation; controller synthesis by state feedback; stability of linear systems; analysis of composite systems. (3 credits)

ME 565 Mechatronics or ECE 566 Mechatronics

ME 565/ECE 566- Mechatronics, as an engineering discipline, is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering, and computer science, all integrated through the design process. The course is to establish a working familiarity with the key engineering elements in the design and control of electro-mechanical systems in general and automotive systems in particular. The key engineering elements include microprocessor technology, electronics, sensors and actuators, data communication and interface, control algorithms, and mechanisms of machine elements. The course is to introduce a design methodology in an integrated system environment through case studies and design projects. (3 credits)

AENG 505 Intro to Embedded Systems or ECE 554 Embedded Systems

AENG 505: Introduction to modern digital computer logic. Numbers and coding systems; Boolean algebra with applications to logic systems; combinational and sequential logic design; examples of digital logic circuits; simple machine language programming; microprocessors-programming, input/output, interrupts, and system design. (Not open to students with EE degree.) (3 credits)

ECE 554: Survey of real time, sampled data systems and embedded applications, e.g. digital controllers, diagnostic systems. Principles and characteristics of embedded micro-processors: processor/device interfaces; time critical I/O handling; data communications in embedded environments. Overview of embedded operating systems, cross-development techniques & tools. Design of real time systems. The software life Cycle. Embedded specification and design techniques. Real Time Kernels. Multi-tasking. Real Time Memory management.. Performance Analysis. Reliability & Fault Tolerance. Project oriented course. (3 credits)

IMSE 5825 Industrial Controls

This course introduces the principle aspects of computers and their applications in systems control, principles of automation, with emphasis on manufacturing industries. Discussion on the hardware and software associated with this task and other topics such as integrated systems modeling, sensor technologies, digital and analog signal processing and control, and information communication are also included. Laboratory exercises and projects are required. Credit cannot be given for both IMSE 482 and IMSE 5825. This class may be scheduled at the same time as the undergraduate course IMSE 482. Graduate students will be required to do additional research paper and/or project. (3 credits)

ECE 517 Adv Pwr Electrncs&Motor Drvs

This is an advanced course on power electronics and electric drives. Example topics include DC, induction, synchronous and reluctance drives; industrial and residential application of power electronics; practical aspects of design of power electronics devices including heat sink and magnetic components designs. Three lecture hours per week. (3 credits)

ECE 545 Intro Robotic Systems

This courses introduces basic components of robotic systems, selection of coordinate frames, homogeneous transformations, solutions to kinematics of manipulators, velocity and force/torque relations, dynamic equations using Euler-Lagrange formulation, obstacle avoidance and motion planning, classical controllers for manipulators and controller design using torque method, and robot simulation tools. Sensing technologies including basic computer vision will be covered. Robot simulation technologies and tools will be introduced. Robotic systems other than manipulators will be introduced at the end of this course. Three lecture hours per week. (3 credits)

Learning Goals and Outcomes

  1. Students will have understanding of the fundamental principles of industrial mechatronics and related areas. 
  2. Students will learn advanced and emerging topics regarding industrial mechatronics and related areas.
  3. Program completion will contribute to participating students’ professional advancement.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students from other engineering backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis. 


Tentative Course Schedule

ME 547 Fall

ME 564 or ECE 560 Various semesters

ME 565  or ECE 566 Various semesters

AENG 505  or ECE 554 Winter

IMSE 5825 Winter

ECE 517 Various semesters

ECE 545 Fall


CECS Graduate Education Office

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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