Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Automation

CIP Code

15.0406

CPTC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Automation (BAS-META) degree is the first Bachelor’s degree in mechatronics to be offered anywhere in the Pacific NW.  Mechatronics focuses on the convergence of mechanical, electrical and computer controls in complex systems and automation. The BAS-META builds upon associate degree coursework by adding additional engineering math and physics, as well as hands-on work with cutting edge industrial technology and practices such as IIOT, Digital Twins, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Data Analytics.

The BAS-META degree has been designed to meet the needs of students who want to become: Automation engineers, Applications Engineers, Robotic Integrators, PLC Programmers, and a host of other engineering technology related job titles.

Modern life is filled with mechatronic systems: they clean the water you drink, manage the car you drive and are involved in the creation of nearly everything you see around you. Every industry employs some level of mechatronics. BAS-META graduates will possess unique strength in the creation and use of complex systems as they understand the interplay between electrical, mechanical and computerized systems. It is imperative for the sustainable growth of our community and region that there is a qualified workforce to adapt to continuously changing technologies. BAS-META graduates will be prepared to fulfill these needs while driving innovation in our industry forward.

Program Length

A typical full-time student will complete the program in an estimate of 21 months. Half-time students should anticipate completion in an estimated 36-42months. Full time students should plan to dedicate 45 hours per week to the program.

Admission Dates

Fall and Spring quarters, although students may be admitted in other quarters subject to the availability of spaces and at the discretion of program faculty.

Program Outcomes

• Devise solutions to broadly-defined engineering problems in complex mechatronics systems through the application of knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.

• Design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems for mechatronics systems.

• Compose written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments.

• Evaluate the results of standard tests, measurements, and experiments for the improvement of processes, efficiency, and sustainability in mechatronic systems.

• Build effective technical teams both as a member, as well as a leader.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program may occur when the following can be documented:

  • Successful completion (or proof of enrollment in the last quarter thereof) of either:
  • An articulated Mechatronics Associates degree, including CPTC’s Mechatronics AAS-T
  • An earned Applied Associate degree, AAS-T, Direct Transfer Associate degree or equivalent in an outside discipline from a regionally accredited institution and proof of enrollment in the Mechatronics technical bridge courses (MEC 120, MEC 201, and MEC 202).
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all general education coursework. A minimum GPA of 2.3 is required of all coursework in the transferring Associates degree.
  • 5 college-level credits in English Composition (ENGL& 101 or higher).
  • 5 college-level credits of MATH & 141 or equivalent pre-calculus course.

    Admission to the Junior Year

    Once admitted to the program, the following must be documented before students can move on to the junior year of the program:

  • 5 college-level credits in English Composition (ENGL& 101 or higher).
  • 5 credits of MATH& 141 or equivalent pre-calculus course.
  • 5 of Social Sciences course that meets CPTC diversity requirements.
  • 5 credits of any transferrable/common course numbered general education courses 100-level or above: Social Science, Humanities, or Natural Science.

These requirements can be satisfied by coursework completed before or after admission to the BAS-META program, and may be taken concurrently with upper-level BAS classes.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the degree, students must maintain a minimum grade of 2.3 in all coursework, including program courses, and general education courses.

Program Course List

MEC 300The Industrial Internet of Things

5

MEC 310Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing

5

MEC 320Fixtures and Workflow

5

MEC 330Programming for Industry 4.0

5

MEC 450Mechatronics Project Management Preparation and Planning

2

MEC 490CAPMechatronics Project Management

5

ENGL& 235Technical Writing

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

MATH& 152Calculus II

5

PHIL 310DIVProfessional Ethics

5

PSYC 311DIVIndustrial & Organizational Psychology

5

PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I

6

PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II

6

Humanities Elective

5

 

Plus 20 credits from electives below

MEC 361Process Control

5

MEC 362Advanced Sensors and Actuators

5

MEC 363AI and Data Analytics

5

MEC 381Automation Evaluation and Implementation

5

MEC 382Machine Vision

5

MEC 383Dynamics of Machinery and Kinematics

5

MEC 402Robotic Integration

5

MEC 403Simulation, Emulation and Digital Twins

5

Total Credit Hours:94

Humanities Course Options

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5