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 and Arabic language. The proposed program has components in l 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 man and society. In order to integrate all these elements in an optimal way, engineers must have insight into each of these disciplines.
“The mission of the Mechatronics Engineering program is to provide an outstanding education in Mechatronics Engineering with a rich diversity of skills, to contribute to the community prosperity through professional services and research, and to prepare graduates able to engage in life-long learning and capable of carrying out engineering practice with competence.”
Our educational mission shall be achieved by designing and delivering an educational program having a set of educational objectives, which are to graduate engineers who will:
- Successfully identify problems and design integrated and optimized solutions, central to modern Mechatronics engineering practice.
- Communicate and work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment.
- Contribute to Oman’s requirements for a commitment to community and global responsibility.
- Innovate, develop, and adopt new directions in their fields of activities.