Joint B.S. in Engineering – Mechatronics Concentration

The four-year Joint NC State – UNC Asheville Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) – Mechatronics Concentration Degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.



The Mechatronics program provides engineering students with the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering into the design of complex systems.

The program, which is offered jointly by UNC Asheville and NC State College of Engineering on the campus of UNC Asheville, utilizes both live instruction and distance education technology, and blends a rich liberal arts tradition with cutting-edge engineering preparation.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated engineers who contribute effectively in the diverse and global modern world.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Joint NC State – UNC Asheville BSE – Mechatronics Concentration degree will:

  1.  Attain productive professional careers in mechatronics engineering or related fields.
  2.  Function in the workplace with appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities.
  3.  Make decisions with accountability for the social and environmental impact of their engineering practices.
  4.  Interact effectively with a diversity of individuals while viewing their own work in the broader context of our global society.
  5.  Attain technical excellence by engaging in life-long learning.

Mechatronics Curriculum – entering Fall 2019 or later

This revised curriculum applies to all students entering or returning beginning Fall 2019

Visit UNC Asheville’s course catalog for course descriptions and major requirements.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, Joint UNC Asheville – NC State BSE – Mechatronics Concentration students will have attained the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Application Process, Admissions Requirements and Transfer

Prospective students should apply to UNC Asheville and express an interest in engineering. Upon completion of the freshman-year curriculum with a 3.0 GPA or better, and a 2.5 or better math GPA based on last two math classes completed, students will be admitted to the Joint Engineering Mechatronics (JEM) Degree program. Transfer credits from other universities, majors and community colleges are accepted.  Many courses from NC community colleges are transferable, but care must be taken in selecting applicable courses for the mechatronics curriculum.  The Tuition Surcharge Policy of the UNC System may apply.  In that there are no free electives in the curriculum, the following links are proved to assist in avoiding extraneous transfer credit:

Relevant NC Community College Courses for Mechatronics

Relevant NC Community College Courses for Mechatronics for Associate of Engineering degree

Peer Tutoring and Facilitation

Students have access to faculty members, both in Raleigh and Asheville.  However, assistance from a fellow student may be the quickest and most effective to understanding.  Advanced students act as peer tutors and course facilitators.  While providing assistants with employment and valuable teaching experience, this also promotes a strong sense of community within our engineering student body


Internships and Cooperative Education



Many mechatronics students obtain employment within industry while earning their degree.  There is no formal requirement in the curriculum for internship, but students are encouraged to gain real world experience prior to graduation.

This can be full-time during the summers or part-time at any time during the year.  Employers contact the department directly or submit postings through the career centers of both NC State and UNC Asheville.  In the past, most internship opportunities have been in the Asheville area, but students have held summer positions in locations such as Raleigh, Silicon Valley and Boston.

Cooperative Education

NC State has a strong program in formal Cooperative Education (Co-op).  At least three semesters of work are alternated with semesters of study to earn a co-op certificate signifying a full year of work experience.

Participation in Co-op extends the graduation date by a full year.  Students must  enroll in  a COP X00 course at NC State and pay a Co-op fee to maintain active student status while employed.  No academic credit is earned.  For further details:  NC State Cooperative Education

Freshman Design Experiences

The freshman year in the Mechatronics curriculum has a design class in the spring semester, JEM 180, Introduction to Mechatronics laboratory.  Among the project assignments is the design of an autonomous sumobot.

In addition, a 1 credit course, JEM 123, Introduction to CAD for Mechatronics Engineering, is offered. (CAD:  Computer Aided Design)

Project requires the design via SolidWorks software, and the 3D printing of the product for oral presentation and demonstration.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of the Joint BSE-Mechatronics Concentration (JEM) consists of a select group of industrial leaders who form a partnership between industry and academia. The IAB is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. It provides direct linkage and communication between the academic department and industry. The IAB is composed of members from various industries that have a vital interest in the purpose of the JEM program. IAB members have demonstrated leadership and professional success in their career, and are fully dedicated to assisting in developing and maintaining a highly competitive program.

The IAB serves as the primary source of external guidance to the program by providing counsel and direction for JEM’s educational and economic development plans. Members serve as a powerful tool to help the program in the accreditation process. IAB members provide leadership to the program by helping to improve the program’s capacity to meet its short-term and long-term goals, and to further promote the program to the profession and general public.

Members can also serve as mentors on industry-sponsored projects and assist in finding internship or coop opportunities for students and faculty. IAB participation in curriculum development will ensure that our students are taking the necessary courses to obtain the skills needed to compete globally with other engineering graduates. Finally, the IAB can also serve as a fund raising mechanism providing a margin of excellence by having its industrial partner give grants for scholarships for incoming freshmen, monies to help purchase equipment and supplies for laboratory enhancement, and funds to support discretionary spending.

Current IAB Members:

  • Dave Mannebach, Plant Manager, Eaton Corporation
  • Jim Oliver, Owner and CEO, AvL Technologies
  • Peter Schaper, President and Founder, Odbond LLC
  • Joe Hungerford, Engineering Leader, GE Aviation
  • Melissa Atallah, Director of Quality and Program Management, BorgWarner
  • Andrew Scott, MRO Engineering Deputy Department Head, NAVAIR