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Mechatronics for Non-Electrical Engineers

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum

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Engineering Technology

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22.1056.1 - 22.1056.4



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Michael Lobaugh Pennsylvania State University, Erie

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Michael Lobaugh is a Lecturer in Engineering at Penn State Erie. He received his B.S. in M.E. at the University of Illinois in 1986 and his M.S. in Engineering Management at the University of Massachusetts in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he worked at Lord Corporation and Babcock & Wilcox in various engineering and management roles. He has experience teaching Computer-graphics, Quality Control, Mfg Processes, Prod. Design, Lean Mfg, and Mechatronics.

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Robert Edwards Pennsylvania State University, Erie

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Robert Edwards is currently a Lecturer in Engineering at The Pennsylvania State Erie, The Behrend College where he teaches Statics, Dynamics, and Fluid and Thermal Science courses. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University.

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Mechatronics for Non-Electrical EngineersAbstractMechatronics, or Systems Control, is a very valuable topic for students planning on proceedinginto manufacturing, processing, or machine design. The use of mechatronics in industry involvesthe combination of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical devices working together tocontrol a system, i.e. automation. Although some educational institutions do offer Mechatronicsas part of the curriculum, often it is most often a course for the electrical engineering majors.Since the use of automation involves other devices than electrical components, we developed acourse for the mechanical engineering technology (MET) students. These students haveprevious courses in machine design, production design, fluids (pneumatic/hydraulic), and basicelectrical circuits. This paper discusses the issues and methods of creating the course for non-electrical engineering students, having limited or basic electrical knowledge, which would beboth beneficial for the students and industry.

Lobaugh, M., & Edwards, R. (2011, June), Mechatronics for Non-Electrical Engineers Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18337

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