From robotics and automation technology to prosthetic limbs and jet navigation systems, engineering does more than solve problems. It changes the way we live.

Why Study Mechatronics Engineering through the Joint NC State and UNC Asheville Program?

Design, Program, Create

Ground your education at UNC Asheville in a liberal arts core that sets the foundation for advanced coursework in your major. In addition to what you learn in the traditional classroom setting, you have ample opportunities to put your skills to the test in the lab. Freshman mechatronics majors take JEM 180, a design class with hands-on project assignments that include the design and creation of an autonomous SumoBot. 

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Student Spotlight

Unlike other engineering programs, at UNC Asheville, our strong liberal arts foundation paves the way for innovation, creation, and impact. These aspects come to life through student work, like the “Wake” project, a collaborative effort between art and engineering students.

Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom, students are strongly urged to acquire practical experience before completing their studies. While there is no mandatory internship built into the curriculum, students can find opportunities for internships with assistance from UNC Asheville and NC State.

Student Clubs & Orgs

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical association, consisting of 39 technical societies involved in publications, conferences, and building technical communities. These groups focus on member outreach both locally and globally and cater to members’ specialized interests. Being a part of these societies helps you stay up-to-date in your chosen profession, connect with your peers, and invest in your future. [INSERT IEEE ’22 INFO]

At UNC Asheville, a group of students are part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate chapter. Recently, members of SAE worked on a vehicle to compete at the Michigan International Speedway during the 2023 Formula SAE Series. UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio at the RAMP, an 11,0000-square-foot innovation center located near campus, is where SAE conducts many of its exciting activities.

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Students in a lab programming a cisco robot

Mechatronics Engineering Ambassador Program

The Mechatronics Ambassadors Program (MAP) is another way students learn beyond the classroom. MAP organizes skill-sharing sessions, community service events, and joint meetings with professionals from the Carolina Section of SAE. MAP is a group of outstanding students in a position held with high honor at the University. Those chosen for the program have the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills through outreach programs to Advisory Board members, prospective students, community members, and guests at UNC Asheville, as well as attend special events on behalf of the program and the University.

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Conduct Original Research

Beyond the projects you tackle within the major, you also have the opportunity to complete an original research project through UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP). During the program, embark on a self-directed project exploring a topic or challenge in your discipline, working alongside faculty as you prepare research that may eventually be published or presented. This experience can help boost your résumé for graduate school or your career.

  1. Attain productive professional careers in mechatronics engineering or related fields.
  2. Commit to upholding and advancing the integrity of the engineering profession.
  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 lifelong learning.

Graduates of the joint NC State and UNC Asheville mechatronics engineering program attain 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.


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Ready to get started on your application to the Joint NC State and UNC Asheville mechatronics program? You can begin by applying to UNC Asheville and expressing your interest in engineering. We can then assign an academic advisor, who will ensure you are enrolled in the correct engineering classes. 

Once you complete the requirements, you can declare your major as mechatronics in the Joint NCSU/UNC Asheville Engineering Program.

Meet the UNC Asheville and NC State Faculty

Expert faculty from NC State and the University of North Carolina Asheville nurture mechatronic engineering students through their education at every step. Faculty bring a range of background knowledge from experience in engineering firms, software development, product development, NASA, Bell Labs, and more.

Mechatronics Bachelor’s Degree Careers & Outcomes

Many engineering students find full-time employment through internships while earning their degree. Careers in engineering can be both challenging and rewarding as new machines and technologies emerge and innovative solutions drive progress. Students can also pursue roles related to sales, research, management, and more. 

While some students may pursue graduate studies after completing their mechatronics degree, many leave with the educational preparation necessary to understand how their work affects society in the areas of ethics, and sustainability. This makes them excellent candidates for employment as mechatronics engineers. Using sensors, actuators, and microprocessors, mechatronics engineers design and develop high-performance systems in exciting industries ranging from mechanical and aerospace to automation and robotics.

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Forge a Bright Future in the Joint Mechatronics Engineering Degree Program

Join the Joint NC State and UNC Asheville mechatronics engineering program and embark on a journey that transforms your passion for technology into real-world solutions. Here, your passion for engineering and sense of discovery fuel innovation. When you graduate, you enter the workforce equipped with the skills and knowledge to make your mark on the world.

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