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Motlow, MTSU reach agreement on mechatronics

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

Motlow College and Middle Tennessee State University recently reached an articulation agreement that will allow Motlow mechatronics students to continue their education at MTSU.

The agreement will allow Motlow mechatronics students to transfer 64 total credit hours to MTSU in order to complete a four-year plan that consists of a total of 135 credit hours. Upon graduation from MTSU, students will receive a bachelor of science degree in engineering, as well as a Level 3 certification in mechatronics.

“This articulation agreement gives our students in mechatronics an opportunity to advance their education,” said Fred Rascoe, director of career readiness and assistant professor of mechatronics at Motlow. “With this agreement, MTSU acknowledges the hard work by our students by granting them credit for the associate of applied science degree toward a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering. This is a great example of institutions working together to make pathways for students to obtain the education that they need and desire.

“This not only supports the students, but also the industries of the area that are in dire need of mechatronic technologists and engineers,” continued Rascoe. “It has been a great pleasure to work with Dr. Ahad Nasab and Dr. Walter Boles at MTSU, and I am excited about that the future holds for these students that wish to continue. It will be a huge success for all.”

The mechatronics program at Motlow College began in 2010 with a basic, four-course, 16-hour Level I certification. Soon after, Motlow began offering a second level of certification while partnering with the engineering company Siemens. The Level 2 certificate includes an A.A.S. degree from Motlow.

Mechatronics is offered at Motlow’s McMinnville Center, at Bridgestone Americas, Inc., in LaVergne, as a dual enrollment program at Warren County High School, and as a dual enrollment program for Oakland High School students at the Bridgestone Americas lab.

With the new partnership, students will have another avenue for mechatronics education. The program at Motlow was already unique, but now that students can complete an engineering degree at MTSU, Motlow truly offers an opportunity unlike any other college in the United States.

“From my perspective, I am pleased that we were able to respond to our industry partners’ requests to develop a baccalaureate degree in mechatronics engineering,” said Dr. Boles, chair and professor of engineering technology at MTSU. “This degree builds upon Motlow’s successful associate degree in mechatronics. This partnership between MTSU and Motlow College will provide students a well-defined pathway into exciting, high technology careers in advanced manufacturing. Graduates of both programs will likely find plentiful, high paying opportunities.”

The design process of mechatronics combines mechanical, computer and electrical engineering along with systems integration and technical project management.

For more information about the mechatronics program at Motlow, or the agreement with MTSU, visit the college website (www.mscc.edu) or contact Fred Rascoe at (931) 668-7010 ext. 2123 or by email (frascoe@mscc.edu).