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Mechatronics Engineering Technology, B.A.S.


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The highly automated manufacturing industry of the 21st century has created a high demand for engineers and technologists who not only have a knowledge of the engineering fundamentals, but are also well versed in systems integration, project management, technical communication, device networking, procurement, supply chain management, and industrial safety.

A graduate of the Mechatronics Engineering Technology program at UTC will be well poised to assume responsibilities as a process engineer, plant manager, design engineer, maintenance supervisor, sales engineer, and project manager in automation-based industries such as automotive industry, food and chemical processing plants, automation solution providers, industrial controls companies, and aviation industries.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Engineering Technology Management (ETM) and the Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) programs at UTC is to provide accessible education in the principles and application of technology and management of technology, while preparing students for life long learning and being productive in today’s competitive work environment.

Program Educational Objectives:

In support of the program mission, graduates of the Mechatronics Engineering Technology program will:

  • Be prepared to hold technical positions that require analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and oversight of mechatronic systems and automated processes.
  • Have the knowledge, problem-solving ability and hands-on skills to be successful in careers in the design, commissioning, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechatronic systems.
  • Appreciate the need for, and will pursue, self-directed professional development opportunities, such as graduate work, additional trainings, and participation in professional organizations.
Program Student Outcomes:

In support of the program education objectives, each graduate from the UTC Mechatronics ET program will have demonstrated prior to graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.
Degree and Accreditation:

Mechatronics Engineering Technology program graduates obtain a B.A.S. degree. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

General Education (33 hours)


(see General Education  for the list of approved courses)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity or Mechatronics only requires 2 courses/6 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts and 1 course/3 hours of Behavioral and Social Science.

Construction Management Fundamentals:


Specialty and Related Courses


Technical Electives (9 hours):


Choose from:

  • CPEN: All Computer Engineering courses
  • CPSC: All Computer Science courses (except CPSC 1000, CPSC 1100)
  • ENCE: All Civil Engineering courses
  • ENCH: All Chemical Engineering courses
  • ENEE: All Electrical Engineering courses (except ENEE 1010)
  • ENME: All Mechanical Engineering courses (except ENME 1011, ENME 1850)

Additional Information and Notes


124 total hours required.

Minimum 39 hours at the 3000-4000 level.

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program (JUMP)


Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who are classified as seniors and are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 are eligible to participate in a joint undergraduate to masters program. Please refer to the specific JUMP program requirements as some GPA requirements are higher. This Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program allows a student to take graduate classes early and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less cost than the traditional graduate program which is completed after the undergraduate degree is awarded. 

Find more information in Academic Regulations .

Specific JUMP Requirements


Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) who are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree and have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 are eligible to participate in the combined undergraduate to graduate programs. A combined undergraduate to graduate program allows a student to gain early admission to and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less money than required of traditional graduate students.  Application to the combined undergraduate to graduate program and the Graduate School, including all program specific requirements, may be submitted for review during a student’s junior year.  With the approval of the program coordinator, department head, the dean of the college housing the graduate program, and the dean of the Graduate School, the student will be admitted to the program as a rising senior, after completion of 90 credit hours.  With the permission of the program coordinator and department head, a student may enroll in up to a total of 9 hours of graduate course work.  Programs may limit the number of graduate credit hours taken; refer to specific information in the program section of this catalog.  Undergraduate students must complete all undergraduate major requirements. All graduate courses for which a grade of B or better is earned may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, provided the academic program completes and submits a course substitution for the graduate hours. Subsequent admission to the graduate program as a regular graduate student will require completion of the undergraduate degree, an application to Graduate School, and approval of the program coordinator, department head and dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate courses eligible to apply to both degree programs:

ENGM 5500 - Concepts in Engineering Management
ENGM 5540 - Technical Project Management
ENGM 5580 - Advanced Engineering Economy

ClearPath for Advising


The ClearPath for Advising provides students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Advisement website.

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