Mechatronics for Engineers I


With the advancement of digital computers and embedded systems engineering design and practice is evolving into a multidisciplinary field. A sound knowledge of mechatronics, a new field that deals with the integration of computers, electrical, mechanical, and controls engineering, is now a necessity rather than an advantage. This course provides a compact, intensive, hands-on introduction with engaging hands-on assignments and activities. An optional second course “Mechatronics for Engineers II” which will introduce the feedback control concepts, sampling, digital control, stability, and basics of data acquisition and automation may be offered back to back, upon enough interest at registration. We will also provide a certificate to verify that you have completed the short course.

Mechatronics for Engineers II is a separate course that will be held at a later time. The details, contents and dates for the second course will be announced shortly. The second course will focus on computer control systems (discrete time systems) and the effect of sampling on feedback controlled systems. The workshop introduces the principles of sampling of continuous signals, the basics of z-transform and transfer functions, and the transformation of continuous controllers to discrete time. The stability of digital control systems and basic problems will be studied through practical examples and will be compared to continuous controllers. Matlab and Simulink will be used to demonstrate these effects and a microcontroller-based system will be used to demonstrate the practical implication of digital control systems. Trainees will be assumed to have basic knowledge of control systems design and Laplace Transforms.

Who Should Attend

This course would be beneficial to all engineers or technicians with some familiarity with engineering principles and design who would like to get a jump-start on designing and building mechatronic systems; Managers or academics who are interested in gaining skills to better plan or manage multidisciplinary projects or communicate with their staff with various backgrounds; Students who want to gain skills that are attractive to current employers.


  1. Introduction to Mechatronics
  2. Review of passive electrical components and circuits
  3. Semiconductors components and basic circuits, including diodes and transistors
  4. Analog signal processing: Amplifiers and filters
  5. Digital circuits: Combinational and sequential logic
  6. Microcontrollers, interfacing (I/O), and programming
  7. Basics of sensing and actuation
  8. Assignments and activities


Students will be expected to bring their own laptops to install free software and conduct the assignments in the classroom. Students can end the activities by integrating and controlling a small robotic system included in the kit. Necessary measurement devices or basic tools will be available during the training.