What our Students Think about the Program
Modern manufacturing industry’s success depends on its ability to integrate electrical control, automation and mechanical design into a range of innovative products and systems. This requires employees who can work in an interdisciplinary engineering environment.
The Mechatronics degree program allows students to gain a broad electrical and mechanical background in preparation for outstanding careers designing, installing and problem-solving the complex equipment that produces and packages items consumers purchase daily.
Industry leaders say there is a workforce need for trained technologists to operate the complex equipment that drives the $6 billion packaging industry. They believe the Mechatronics degree program will create a breed of graduates with more practical engineering knowledge.
Graduates will come out with an understanding of production, manufacturing, and development of control schemes. This “real-world” experience will set PUC graduates apart from others in their job-search.
We are a partner with industry. This partnership resulted in the development of the first four year mechatronics degree in the nation. The courses are constantly updated to provide the skills that result in Purdue Calumet graduates being job ready and setting them apart from other graduates in their job-search.
Total industry support for the mechatronics labs has exceeded $1 million. Industry-provided equipment includes high speed digital camera, labeling machine, photo eye, conveyors, automation equipment, lab simulator, inverter machine, programmable logic controllers, motors and drives, human-machine interfaces.
Two complete packaging systems in state of the art laboratories provide hands-on experience in both electrical and mechanical areas. Students will learn advanced programming techniques, interfacing automated equipment, sensor design, machine design, and problem-solving.
Paid internships are a key component of the program with two internships (can be at the same company) required to graduate. The internships ensure that graduates enter the workforce with some experience making them ready to work right away without much additional training.
This outstanding level of industry support and dedication of the faculty involved is having a direct impact on the students in the program. A three-student mechatronics team from Purdue Calumet received the top prize in the inaugural Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Student Design Contest at Pack Expo in Las Vegas. The Team put on a solid performance in front of industry leaders and was rewarded for their efforts. All team members felt that the knowledge learned and the experience of seeing their future careers in front of them was very rewarding. For three consecutive years a College of Technology student team was among the top three winners of the national design collegiate competition at the PMMI annual trade show.
There are a lot of great careers out there for people with mechatronics education and experience. Take a look at the opportunities available at our industry partners.
The mission of the Engineering Technology academic advising is to support your transition into college. The academic advisor assists in the development of a comprehensive educational plan consistent with your career and personal goals. The advisor fosters personal growth, and a sense of responsibility by building supportive, student-centered, partnerships.
Please contact Ed Perosky, Academic Advisor, and he will help get you started on a career in Mechatronics Engineering Technology.
His direct contact information is:
Phone: (219) 989-2484