About the Program

 

 

The College of Engineering started implementing the Mechatronics Engineering (MCE) program with the 2002 students’ intake. The MCE program is jointly run by the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) departments. The MCE program is of five years duration including English language. The proposed program has components in humanities and social sciences, management, and the core requirements for MCE program. The program was designed in line with the College of Engineering mission of continuous strive for excellence and to fulfill the needs of human resources for the country's industrialization process in the coming decades in an increasingly competitive world. Recent moves by the petroleum industry in the areas of smart wells, automation, intelligent measurement and monitoring systems necessitate the need for such kind of engineering discipline. In addition, the newly emerging industries in the Sultanate are bound to have Mechatronics based systems since its inception. The goal of the program in Mechatronics Engineering is to integrate mechanical, electrical and computer engineering into a meaningful program so as to produce engineers that are conversant with all of the relevant technologies needed by the present and future industries of Oman. Therefore, at SQU, the Mechatronics Engineering is defined as a synergistic combination of Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Systems. A typical Mechatronics system is characterized by close integration of the mechanical components (e.g. mechanical links, gears, motors, drive trains, etc.) electrical sensors (e.g. sensors for position, speed, light and temperature measurement), mechanical and electrical actuators (e.g. electrical motors, hydraulic cylinders and flow control valves) and computer controllers (e.g. custom-built controllers, personal computers and PLC's) into products and systems useful to human and society. In order to integrate all these elements in an optimal way, engineers must have insight into each of these disciplines. The Mechatronics program was accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 2007 and renewed the accreditation in 2014.