Mechatronics Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering focuses on the design, intelligence, control and programming of smart devices, robots, and intelligent systems.

Subject overview

Mechatronics blends the disciplines of Mechanical, Electronics, Computer, and Software Engineering; its interdisciplinary approach means that practitioners tend to be generalists who can apply their skills to many roles and industries.

The realm of mechatronics engineering encompases the design of economical, efficient systems. Mechatronic engineers develop select sensors and actuators, control algorithms, and advanced functional materials for mechanical systems in a variety of industries. These include anti-locking brakes and engine control units in transportation, surgical robots and artificial hearts for healthcare, and small smart components for cameras and mobile phones.

This specialisation is offered by our Department of Mechanical Engineering, which is affiliated with many of the University’s well-known research areas, groups, labs and experts, such as the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme, the Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems.

Where can Mechatronics Engineering take you?

Mechatronics Engineering may be a relatively new, niche field of study, but has risen to prominence, becoming a recognised discipline with degree programmes being offered in Japan, the US, Europe and Australia. This in turn opens up opportunities for Mechatronics graduates, including postgraduate study. Our students are working in companies of all sizes and fields – from start-ups to multinational corporations, in areas from research to high-value manufacturing. These organisations are invested in the creation and implementation of smart devices, machines, processes and systems. The often-expressed desire to be at the forefront of a high-tech, knowledge-based economy opens plenty of career options that require diverse, multi-skilled generalists.

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