Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology - BS, Mechatronics Track

Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology (MXET) prepares students for careers requiring an understanding of technical problems and systems that combine principles from two or more engineering technology disciplines. The degree is designed to be flexible giving the student a strong background in electronic and mechanical systems and then augmented with a 29-hour focus area. Graduates of the program receive a rigorous technical education and typically take engineering and technology positions appropriate to their focus area of study. The MXET curriculum is based on a strong underpinning of engineering math and science courses followed by a core technical sequence. This core includes mechanical, electronic and embedded systems/software fundamentals, principles and design concepts.  Throughout their curriculum, students work on multiple open-ended projects to design, implement, test, and evaluate mechanical and electronic hardware and software systems. One of the most unique aspects of the Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology program is that most technical courses provide a hands-on laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard design and analysis software. The technical curriculum is augmented with courses in written/oral communications and technical project management. A team-based industry-sponsored capstone design sequence provides a challenging opportunity to apply technical, managerial, and communications skills to solving a real-world problem.

MXET Program Mission

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology Program at Texas A&M University prepares graduates for immediate impact and long-term career success by providing a real-world experiential education coupled with personalized undergraduate experiences in mechanical, electronic, control, computer and communication systems, as well as engineering design and development.

MXET Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the BS MXET degree program are to produce graduates who, within two to five years after graduation, will:

  • Possess and demonstrate technical knowledge of the design, manufacture, sales, and service of complex systems that span multiple engineering technology disciplines.
  • Demonstrate increasing level of leadership and responsibility.
  • Exhibit productivity in a dynamic work environment through a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Exhibit a commitment to professional ethics in their professional careers.

A continuous cycle of assessment and program improvement is used to ensure that these objectives are being met. Through interactions with industry and academic partners, the Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology program offers a state-of-the-art curriculum that produces successful graduates.

MXET Focus Areas

As discussed, the MXET degree supports a 29-hour focus area allowing the student to apply their technical knowledge to specific areas of interest.  Currently, the degree supports two focus areas. The Mechatronics focus area prepares students to design, develop and support products and systems that combine mechanical, electronic, communication, control, and embedded computing principles.  The STEM education focus area has been established through a partnership with the College of Education and includes twenty-nine hours that prepares graduates to teach at the secondary education level.  Graduates from this program will be qualified to sit for the State of Texas math, physical science and engineering teaching certificate.  

Additional MXET focus areas are currently being identified and will be available in the future.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 andCHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1,4
4
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II: Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3,5 3-6
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 1 2
ESET 210 Circuit Analysis 1 4
ESET 219 Digital Electronics 1 4
MMET 207 Metallic Materials 1 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ESET 269 Embedded Systems Development in C 1 3
ESET 350 Analog Electronics 1 4
MMET 275 Mechanics for Technologists 1 3
MMET 376 Strength of Materials 1,6 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
ESET 349 Microcontroller Architecture 1,6 4
MMET 303 Fluid Mechanics and Power 1,6 4
MMET 361 Product Design and Solid Modeling 1,6 3
MXET 375 Applied Dynamic Systems 1 3
Math elective 1,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
ESET 359 Electronic Instrumentation 1 4
ESET 369 Embedded Systems Software 1,6 4
MMET 363 Mechanical Design Applications I 1 3
MMET 370 Thermodynamics for Technologists 1 4
MXET 300 Mechatronics I – Mobile Robotic Systems 1,6 3
High Impact Experience 8 0
High Impact Experience  
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
ESET 419
Engineering Technology Capstone I 1
or Managing People and Projects in a Technological Society
3
ESET 462 Control Systems 1,6 4
MXET 400 Mechatronics II – Industrial Robotic Systems 1,6 3
Technical elective 1,7 2
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGR 482/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering 3
ESET 420
Engineering Technology Capstone II 1
or Manufacturing Technology Projects
2
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Technical and Business Writing  
Technical elective 1,7 2
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours96

This curriculum lists the minimum number of classes required for graduation. Additional courses may be taken.

Total Program Hours 127