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Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering (Dual Major)

About the dual major

What is Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering (ARC) dual major?

Automation, Robotics, and Control is a multidisciplinary engineering field concerned with the design, modeling, analysis, and control of predominantly computer-based automated systems or processes. Automated systems typically contain a mixture of equipment, devices, software, hardware, and humans. The discipline requires knowledge of elements of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, software programming, communications systems, and human factors engineering. 

Who can study ARC dual major?

The major in Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering is designed as a dual major option for students with an ABET accredited primary major in an engineering discipline offered at Oregon Tech. Students first choose a primary ABET accredited major (e.g., Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering), and complete additional specialized coursework to earn a second major in Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering. The program is designed so that both majors in the degree can be completed in 4 years by taking summer courses. ABET ETAC degree students may also pursue the dual major with departmental approval.

What kind of courses are there in the ARC dual major?

The dual major curriculum provides students with design techniques that emphasize automation system integration, and contains subject matter and tools for modeling, analysis, and design including measurement and control system theory, modeling and simulation, hardware and programming, as well as systems engineering. 

What do graduates with an ARC dual major do?

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of their background, graduates of the program have the necessary skills to design or manage systems resulting from the integration of diverse components and technologies. Engineers working in this field design solutions to address problems in areas such as factory automation, building automation, process control, and motion control and robotics.

Program and Location

The Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering dual major is offered in the Wilsonville campus. This dual major is not available during the academic year 2016-17.

Degree Requirements

A dual major in Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering requires 92 credits in automation and other engineering coursework. Many of these course credits may be used to meet requirements in the primary major; depending upon selection of primary major it is estimated that only 28-36 additional credits will be needed beyond the primary major requirements. The capstone project required in the student’s primary major is expected to incorporate elements from both the primary and the Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering majors. Since the required courses for Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering must be taken along with those for the primary major, a full curriculum map is not provided. Students should carefully plan each term in consultation with their primary major advisor and with their Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering advisor. To obtain a dual major in Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering, students must complete the courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree in their primary engineering major as well as the following list of specialized Automation, Robotics, and Controls Engineering courses:

Automation Robotics, and Controls Engineering Major Core (23 credits)

REE 463
EE 355
ENGR 420
ENGR 421
ENGR 422
ENGR 423
Engineering Systems Instrumentation
Control Systems Design
Engineering Modeling
Automation Systems
Process Control
Motion Control and Robotics

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Requirement (36 credits)

EE 131
EE 133
EE 221
EE 223
EE 225
EE 333
EE 430
CST 116
ENGR 267
Digital Electronics I
Digital Electronics II
Circuits I
Circuits II
Circuits III
Microcontroller Engineering
Linear Systems and DSP
C++ Programming
Engineering Programming

Supporting Engineering Requirement (33 credits)

REE 243
REE 253
ENGR 211
ENGR 212
ENGR 355
MECH 318
MECH 323
SEM 421
SEM 422
Electric Power
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Engineering Mechanics: Statics
Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
Fluid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer I
Systems Engineering
Advanced Systems Engineering
Total: 92 credits
Note: many courses may be part of the primary major.
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