Mechatronics Bachelor's Degree

Key to the digital transformation of our regional and national economy, Mechatronics combines mechanical systems, electrical systems, computing, and control in a holistic discipline. It is central to smart manufacturing and other high-tech industries, employing technologies ranging from industrial robots and autonomous vehicles to process control and utility power systems.

As a Mechatronics specialist, you’ll work on the design, manufacture, and maintenance of products and systems that rely on this interrelated system of components. Professionals who understand how these technologies work together are in high demand across the world.

When you complete your undergraduate Mechatronics studies, your resume will tell the story of a robust, rigorous, hands-on education, augmented with hundreds of hours of applied, collaborative technical experience.

An Interdisciplinary BS Program

The BS in Mechatronics at Michigan Tech is an interdisciplinary effort between the College of Computing's Department of Applied Computing and the College of Engineering's Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET). BS in Mechatronics coursework and labs incorporate elements of engineering, engineering technology, and computing. What sets this degree program apart is the way it brings together engineering and computing to create something entirely new. This convergence is the very essence of “Industry 4.0” and the future of manufacturing and industry.

What You'll Do

Mechatronics specialists are innovative and persistent, they think analytically, take the initiative, and pay attention to detail. Sound like you? Here’s what you might work on:

  • Designing and implementing advanced control systems.
  • Designing robotic systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Developing computer algorithms using machine learning for autonomous systems.
  • Creating electro-mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Implementing and testing design solutions, in the field or on the factory floor.
  • Building simulation tools for the design of products and manufacturing processes.

Working with Industry Leaders

Michigan Tech faculty work closely with industry leaders to make sure your Mechatronics courses are teaching the most current knowledge and best practices. In classes and labs, you and your classmates will discover, investigate, build, and test, while you learn about engineering and engineering technology, system-level thinking, mechanical systems, electronics, computers, programming, cybersecurity, human-machine interaction, and more.

The Mechatronics Playground Lab

The all-new industry-grade, custom equipment and learning stations in the Mechatronics Playground were designed, built, and funded by Donald Engineering (DE) and other major companies. A fully equipped machine shop for design, computer modeling, fabrication, and assembly is also open to Mechatronics students.

Careers in Mechatronics

Mechatronics specialists work in a wide range of industries, including the following:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Processing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Petrochemical Processing
  • Power and Energy

Recent Applied Computing Co-Ops and Internships

  • Alliance Laundry Systems
  • Boise Cascade
  • C Jackson Electric and Automat
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • CCI Systems, Inc
  • Consistacom, Inc.
  • Cooper Power Systems
  • CSX Transportation
  • Doosan
  • DTE Energy
  • Enterforce
  • Expera
  • Extreme Engineering Solutions
  • GE Aviation
  • General Motors
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Co
  • Hitachi Global Storage Tech
  • Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
  • Los Alamos Nat'l Lab
  • Mass Electric Construction Co.
  • Material Handling Services, LL
  • Mercury Marine
  • Michigan Consolidated Gas Co
  • Michigan Tech
  • MTU Systems Admin Svcs
  • Nemak
  • NewPage Corporation
  • Northern Star Industries
  • Nucor Steel
  • Packaging Corp. of America
  • Parr Instrument Co.
  • REMC#1
  • Sentry Insurance A Mutual Comp
  • Systems Control
  • Toyota
  • USG Interiors, Inc.
  • Wausau Paper

Salary and Job Placement

An Electro-mechanical or Mechatronics Technologist and Technician has a mean annual wage of $72,430 (BLS) with the top 10 percent making $104,690 (BLS). 95% of Michigan Tech graduates find jobs within six months of commencement.

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Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dated May 2023.

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Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying mechatronics at Michigan's flagship technological university.

Enterprise, Only at Michigan Tech

In their final year, Bachelor of Science majors complete either a Senior Design Project or an Enterprise project. Michigan Tech Enterprises are student-run business teams providing end-to-end original product development through real-world experiences in engineering design, team building, and project management. Senior Design and Enterprise teams work closely with a faculty advisor. Students in majors across campus participate in Enterprise program teams. College of Computing-affiliated Enterprise programs include Husky Game Development, HIDE, and IT Oxygen.

  • Students in the Husky Game Development Enterprise design and develop games for business, education, and fun. Earn credit, gain experience, and build your resume, all while creating quality software that will attract and satisfy industry sponsors. Who says you can’t work and play?
  • Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) students design, develop, and evaluate human-centered computer interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. 
  • IT Oxygen Enterprise students—from numerous majors—provide Information Technology help to both student organizations and businesses, working on real projects for real companies that foster skills in development, problem-solving, and business.
"The best part of the Mechatronics program here at Tech is you get a very fundamental level of the mechanical, electrical and the programming and you can specialize and build up from that point."Lydia Festian '24, Mechatronics

Computing[MTU] — The future needs you.

Try to imagine a world without computers everywhere. Computing, connectivity, and artificial intelligence have become critically ingrained in nearly every aspect of modern life. This is the world that needs the College of Computing.

Founded in 2019, the College of Computing is one of the first colleges in the nation—and the only college in Michigan—to focus solely on computing.  Digital transformation has morphed every discipline into a computing discipline, and industries like manufacturing, criminal justice, marketing, and health care are all being reinvented by digital technologies. The College of Computing is making sure that today's and tomorrow's employers have the computing talent they need to thrive in this brave new world.

Supercharge your future.

Meet the demands of a technology-driven society at a flagship public research university powered by science, technology, engineering, and math. Graduate with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to succeed in tomorrow's high-tech world.

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"World-wide, manufacturing is in need of Mechatronics specialists willing to take on the difficult tasks needed to help manufacturers remain safe, fast, competitive, and diversified. Completion of a Michigan Tech Mechatronics BS degree will open the doors to these many employment opportunities with your solid understanding of Robotics, PLC Controls, Motion Control, and Automation."Mark Gauthier '85, President
Donald Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI