Mechatronics engineers design, build and operate intelligent products and systems of today and for tomorrow. These engineers will be increasingly in demand as more industries seek to apply evolutionary advances in computers, electronics, sensor san actuators to improve products processes and services.
The integration between component (hardware) and the information drive functions (software) results in integrated systems (mechatronic systems).
Mechatronics is still an emerging field and can sometimes be labelled as Asset Management.
Examples of work involved
Develop new solutions to industrial problems using mechanical and electronic processes and computer technology
Design and build completely new products by integrating various technologies, for example, automating process control for areas such as underwater exploration
Build and test factory production lines combining manufacturing and technologies to improve existing processes
Maintain and improve previous industrial and manufacturing processes and designs, for example, robotic law movers and robot floor cleaners
Mechatronic engineers may work in a laboratory, processing plant or engineering office.
Many graduates establish their own companies. There are also research opportunities in nanotechnology, robotics, by-wire technologies for motor vehicles, bioengineering and other developing fields.
Strong demand exists from large global enterprises in automotive, aerospace and consumer products industries and in smaller innovative ‘high tech’ companies supplying software parts and equipment.
Mechatronic engineers may also be employed by product developers, manufacturing, mining or forestry industries, aerospace and defence, government and industry research groups. They may also work in electrical plants and companies
Associated engineering jobs
Automation Engineer, Control System Engineer, Data Logging Engineer, Electrical/Electronics Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Software Engineer, and Systems Engineer, Service Engineer