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Combine knowledge across multiple engineering fields to gain a front-row seat in the rapidly evolving world of automation in manufacturing, automobiles, aerospace and more.

Mechatronics – Minor

The Mechatronics minor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State explores the synergy of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to position students to design unique and innovative robotics systems, tools, and manufacturing processes.



Each year, an interdisciplinary team of Montana State engineering students designs and builds an autonomous robot for NASA's Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center.



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The Bill Wurst Makerspace
A state-of-the-art facility in MSU's new engineering building includes specialty tools such as 3D printers for students to prototype their big ideas.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Hands-On Learning
With the capstone senior design project, engineering students work in teams to help organization, companies and MSU researchers solve real-world problems.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Mechatronics students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Heavy equipment
  • Energy systems

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.