I’m facing a little bit of a dilemma, I want to learn and work in the world of mechatronics. I understand some people advise not going with this field of study because it’s pretty broad, and doesn’t really specialize enough in one of the disciplines. But I personally want to learn as much as I can within all the different engineering fields that go into working with robotics and automation technology. With my education, I’ll be starting courses at community college (since I’m a GED holder and have been out of school for some time (currently 25 years old), I figured I should get my math up to a college engineering level).
When it comes to transferring, I can’t really afford to attend an out of state school (I’m from Ohio) I have two options
Kent State University BS Mechatronics Engineering (Not currently ABET-accredited)
-Link to program: http://catalog.kent.edu/colleges/ar/mechatronics-engineering-bs/
-The accreditation is really my only red flag about this program
Bowling Green State University Mechatronics Engineering Technology (Only ABET-accredited mechatronics program in all of Ohio)
-Link to program: https://www.bgsu.edu/technology-architecture-and-applied-engineering/schools-and-departments/engineering-technologies/mechatronics-engineering-technology.html
The pros to the BGSU program is that the University is only about 30 minutes away from me, (KSU is about 2 1/2 hours away). However, I guess the con would be that since it’s an engineering technology program, I understand I wouldn’t be considered a real engineer. From what I understand engineering programs are more focused on the theory and application of those theories? And engineering technology is basically a technician? Which I don’t necessarily mind because I’m more of a hands-on person anyways.
If I choose BGSU I’m planning to work part-time at Honda Manufacturing (who would actually, might have a tuition assistance program available). I guess my only fear is that, someday, I might want to be able to have the skills and knowledge to create my own robotics, and maybe take a shot at entrepreneurship. If I choose the engineering technology program, can I learn the engineering theory and skills on my own?
I think I will end there, I apologize if some of my thoughts seemed redundant, but thank you for your time in reading.