What is Mechatronic Engineering?
Mechatronics is the discipline concerned with the integration of mechanical, electronic and software engineering.
Mechatronics is an exciting field because it combines the knowledge and skills of these three engineering disciplines. A detailed understanding of how mechanical, electronic and software engineering areas interact enables the development of ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, washing machines, automotive equipment, medical imaging systems, wind and wave generators, advanced CNC machines and hybrid and electric vehicles. Mechatronics has applications in a range of fields, including robotics, medical and assistive technology, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, unmanned aerial vehicles and education.
How to study Mechatronic Engineering
1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)
Complete any of:
- Mechatronics Systems major within a Bachelor of Science
- Mechanical Systems major within a Bachelor of Science
- Computing and Software Systems major within a Bachelor of Science
- Electrical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science
For more information, visit the Bachelor of Science website.
2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)
To graduate as a Mechatronic Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).
Mechatronics can lead to a wide variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in various industries. Job opportunities exist with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in fields such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, product development, computing and electronics, software systems, mining, renewable energy and biomedical engineering for companies like Bosch, Honeywell, CNC Design, Ford, ResMed, Siemens, BAE Systems and Invetech Australia.