The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Production Sciences (FIMCP) is pleased to present the Mechatronics Engineering program, aiming to train professionals capable of developing and providing society with goods and tools. These skills will enable efficient utilization of natural and energy resources, thereby meeting material and social needs. The goal is to contribute to Ecuador's benefit by applying advanced knowledge in science and engineering, thus promoting sustainable technological development.

Core Components of the Program
The Mechatronics program prepares students in the design of integrated solutions around five fundamental professional axes:
- Mechanics
- Electronics
- Robotics and control
- Computing
- Mechatronic design

Mission
The primary mission of the Mechatronics Engineering program is to nurture highly competent professionals specialized in the field of mechatronics. We are committed to providing a quality education that effectively integrates fundamental knowledge of mechanics, electronics, programming, and control. Our goal is to inspire academic excellence and foster an active spirit of scientific research among our students. The essence of our mission lies in developing practical skills focused on the design and construction of mechatronic systems while promoting innovation and creativity in the conception of technological solutions. Additionally, we strive to instill in our students ethical values, social responsibility, and a strong environmental awareness. Through comprehensive training, we aspire for our graduates to emerge as leaders in the industry, making significant contributions to technological progress and the general welfare of society.

International Accreditation
ESPOL's Mechatronics undergraduate program is certified with the EUR-ACE label, awarded by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), since november of 2023.

* Undergraduate tuition/fees:
The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador in its Article 356, among other principles, establishes that third-level public higher education will be tuition/fees free.  Zero cost education is linked to the academic responsibility of the students.

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834 Total active students in the career

The candidate for the Mechatronics Engineering program distinguishes themselves through their deep interest and enthusiasm for technology and engineering. They are expected to exhibit strong analytical skills and an outstanding ability to solve complex problems, supported by a stellar performance in mathematics and sciences. Creativity and a willingness to innovate are essential components of their profile. A commitment to continuous learning is crucial, reflecting an open mindset toward the ever-evolving nature of technology and engineering. Ethical conduct and professional responsibility are unwavering principles, with the candidate expected to demonstrate integrity in their approach to engineering. Complementing these traits, an innate curiosity about the functioning of mechatronic systems is presented as a distinctive attribute. The ability to unravel the mysteries behind the complex interactions among mechanics, electronics, programming, and control is essential for tackling the challenges presented by Mechatronics Engineering. Collectively, this set of skills and characteristics distinguishes the ideal candidate, establishing the groundwork for outstanding success in the field of mechatronics.

 

Educational Objectives 

The ESPOL Mechatronics career offers science, technology and general education so that its graduates, from 3 to 5 years after graduation, are capable of: 
O1. Design and implement sustainable solutions in the area of ​​Mechatronics Engineering. 
O2. Carry out the profession for the benefit of society in a responsible manner, with an ethical conscience and solidarity, contributing to the needs of local, national and regional development. 
O3. Lead multidisciplinary teams to promote technology transfer. 

Learning outcomes 

The Mechatronics career is designed to prepare students to develop integrated and interdisciplinary solutions around five fundamental professional axes:

  • Mechanics.
  • Electronics.
  • Robotics and control.
  • Computing.
  • Mechatronic design.

The learning outcomes of the Mechatronics career are: 

· RA 1. Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems in mechatronics by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics. 
· RA 2. Ability to apply design of engineering systems in mechatronics, to produce solutions that satisfy specific needs, considering public health, safety and well-being, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors. 
· RA 3a. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish with diverse audiences (oral and written form). 
· AR 3b. Ability to communicate effectively in English with a variety of audiences. 
· RA 4. Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, considering the impact of mechatronic engineering solutions in the global, economic, environmental and social context. 
· RA 5. Ability to function effectively in a team, whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, set goals, plan tasks and meet objectives. 
· RA 6. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use mechatronics engineering criteria to establish conclusions. 
· RA 7. Ability to acquire and apply new engineering knowledge in mechatronics as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 
· RA 8. Design real mechatronic engineering solutions that propose unique value in response to specific needs considered from the point of view of those involved. 

The current and potential field of work for Mechatronics Engineers is extensive, ranging from automating operations in microenterprises to fully automating and controlling production lines in large companies. It includes designing simple everyday products as well as sophisticated equipment with cutting-edge technology. Mechatronics Engineers have the opportunity to work in companies across various industrial sectors, including:

Mechanical engineering
Consumer electronics
Automotive
Manufacturing and production
Cement
Plastics
Conventional and renewable energy
Food
Naval and military
Security
Telecommunications
Agribusiness
Robotics

The Mechatronics Engineer works in areas related to precision machinery, automated electronic control systems, and computerized information systems, both in the public and private sectors, in production and services, designing, controlling, and implementing such systems. Other job opportunities can be found in manufacturing, oil, electric power generation, mining, steel, agribusiness, food industries, as well as in transportation services. Independent professional practice, the formation of one's own company, work in research centers, and institutions of higher education are also possible.

Occupational Profile

Within the industry, the Mechatronics Engineer will be able to develop professionally within the following areas:

  • Process engineering.
  • Project engineering.
  • Maintenance of high-tech equipment.
  • Design engineering.
  • Automation engineering in production lines. 

To obtain the title of Mechatronics Engineer, the student must meet the following requirements: 

Complete all required credits in the academic curriculum.
Complete community service practices.
Complete business pre-professional internships.
Have no outstanding debts with ESPOL.
Complete their graduation project in Integrative Matter.

During the Integrative Matter course (last semester), students work in teams to carry out a design exercise that allows them to validate their professional profile. For this, students will be guided by tutor professors to apply a design process based on the identification of requirements, problem conceptualization, analysis, risk identification, solution selection, and prototyping.

The Capstone Project is a culminating requirement for graduation. These projects provide students with the experience of applying acquired knowledge and skills to the needs of society, with a focus on sustainability.
The IDEAR Fair showcases all Capstone projects, offering students a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and hone soft skills such as communication and teamwork. It is also a space for students to network with potential clients and future employers.
Explore all of the Capstone projects completed by the Mechatronics Engineering program.