Most mechatronics programs contain a blend of electronics, mechanical, and computing courses. Initially, emphasis is put on learning the fundamentals in topics such as electronics, math, and physics. Additional topics include 3D computer-aided design, machine shop practice, and programming.
Students also learn about object-oriented program design, system software engineering, electromechanics, data analysis, and mechanical design. These allow the student to gain an understanding of how to build mechanical, electrical, and computer-driven objects and processes.
Robotics-specific courses include technical writing (organize technical information, illustrate documents, write routine letters and memos, prepare instructions), AC and DC circuit analysis (voltage, current, work, energy, power, and resistance), digital techniques (digital numbering systems and the design of combinational logic circuits), technical math (linear equations, determinants, matrices), and physics (static equilibrium, work, energy, power, torque and rotational motion).
Many courses involve a high degree of laboratory studies. These allow the student to translate their theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world applications, where they get to test their ideas, create prototypes, analyze data, and troubleshoot problems. Field trips to mechanical and electrical laboratories are also offered.