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Friday, January 9, 2015

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Mechatronic Engineer

Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering with electronics, and focuses on the development and manufacture of products like video cameras, airplanes and automobiles, which require mechanical components that are controlled by electronics and computer programs. As an emerging field, it presents flexible opportunities and is open to graduates with diverse engineering backgrounds. However, mechatronics engineers typically need advanced education and significant prior experience at lower levels of responsibility. The following are pros and cons of becoming a mechatronic engineer.

Pros of Being a Mechatronic Engineer
Opportunity to work in an emerging field*
Blend of engineering disciplines allows for flexible choice of undergraduate majors (mechanical, electrical, industrial, chemical engineering)**
Work available in a variety of industries (entertainment, manufacturing, R&D)***
Opportunity to build products that help people****
Cons of Being a Mechatronic Engineer
Some jobs require an abundance of experience (3-7 years)***
Applicants may need to have a master's degree***
Possibility of a heavy workload (working with different departments, creating models, maintaining files, implementation and testing) ***
Possibility of stress from management and budgetary oversight duties***

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