How to become a Mechatronic Engineer

Mechatronic engineers design and maintain machinery with electronic and computer control systems, such as aircraft, robots, motor vehicles, cameras, power generators and mining and chemical plant machinery.

Personal requirements of a Mechatronic Engineer

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to think creatively and problem solve
  • Interested in mathematics, physics and mechanical equipment, such as robotic and production equipment

Education & Training for a Mechatronic Engineer

To become a mechatronic engineer you usually have to study engineering at university with a major in mechatronics or robotics. Related degrees in electronics, electrical or mechanical engineering may also be appropriate. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.

Duties & Tasks of a Mechatronic Engineer

Mechatronic engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • design, develop, maintain and manage high-technology engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks
  • apply mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of material, components or finished goods
  • apply advanced electronic control systems, which are usually computer-driven
  • design and assist with the manufacture of consumer products such as cameras and video recorders
  • apply electronic and mechanical processes and computers to tasks where the use of human labour may be dangerous (underwater exploration, mining or forestry, for example)
  • carry out studies into the feasibility, cost implications and performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment.

Working conditions for a Mechatronic Engineer

Workplaces range from laboratories and processing plants to engineering design offices.

Employment Opportunities for a Mechatronic Engineer

Mechatronic engineers are employed in firms where it is necessary to design and maintain automatic equipment. This includes a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, mining, aviation, robotics, defence and transport. Some mechatronic engineers are employed by large manufacturing companies that are involved in high-volume production. New opportunities are becoming available due to technological advances. Mechatronic engineering can lead to management positions, including project management. Mechatronic engineers have broad multidisciplinary skills, so they are able to move into more traditional engineering disciplines.

Additional Information
Graduates may apply for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.
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