Mechatronics Engineering

Distinguished since 1998, Mechatronics Engineering at Chico State, remains the only ABET accredited undergraduate degree program in the US.

Tetsura Mori, the creator of the direct input-output system (DIO system), and a senior engineer of Yaskawa Electric Corp. of Japan, coined the term mechatronics in 1969. Mechatronics Engineering has evolved into the science of intelligent systems, where engineers integrate Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering to design, develop, fabricate, and test smart systems. These systems can be taught to learn to improve their performance and become intelligent. A couple examples of intelligent robots are the Honda's ASIMO and their U-3 Personal Mobility Prototype as well as Google's robotic car.

Employers and MECA Grads

Mechatronics Employers seek ABET accredited engineering graduates, as it ensures highly qualified candidates for employment. Chico State Mechatronics Engineering graduates, with an ABET accredited degree; generally start at $50K or more. The median Mechatronics salary for a fresh graduate may vary with the economy and the candidate's experience. They are employed for designing components or systems for automation. Following are some examples of employers of Mechatronics Engineering graduates. They are hired for several purposes including automation of process industries; in medical industries insulin pump (i.e., diabetic patients); designing robots for law enforcement; designing, building, and testing autonomous flying machines for a various operations such as the ones flown in support of our soldiers in the Gulf and the automation of farming.

Mechatronics News

Automation has permeated a globalized world and embedded controllers are showing up in every industry. This could be good news for graduating seniors looking for jobs. Mechatronics Zone is an online Journal that posts current jobs in the U.S. as well as noteworthy news articles.

Senior Projects

As a senior in Mechatronics Engineering one is required to produce a working proof-of-concept for a paying customer. The work is conducted in a team of three to four other seniors (could be a team of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineers or Mechanical, Mechatronics Engineers and Manufacturing technologists) to design, develop, fabricate and test a system for an actual customer. The customers have paid anywhere from $5000 to $145,000 for their projects. Some of these could be proprietary, but most are not.

MECA Curriculum

The Mechatronics Engineering Curriculum, as shown in the Curriculum Flow Chart, could be described as a well-balanced marriage between Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. The Course Curriculum is constantly upgraded to keep our graduates current with the industries.

Mechatronics Salaries

National and state salary distributions are accurately furnished and graphically overlaid by Private Sectors, Local Governments, State Governments and by the U. S. Federal Government at Recruiter.