Subjects

Mechatronics Engineering

Overview

Did you know that your camera and disk drives have benefited from mechatronics? So have photocopiers, industrial and medical robots, engine management systems, electronic chassis stabilising systems for vehicles, magnetic bearings, pneumatic and hydraulic drive systems, and household and commercial whiteware.

Mechatronics engineers design or select sensors and actuators, develop control algorithms and use or develop advanced functional materials for the design of mechanical systems such as chassis stabilising systems, anti-lock brakes, engine control units, disk drives, cameras, service and surgical robots and artificial hearts.

Very often mechatronics engineers are generalists rather than specialists.

Areas of study

Students take courses from the different subjects of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.  Core mechatronics subjects include software design, sensors and actuators, signal processing, analog and digital circuit design, microcontroller systems, systems modelling, digital control and industrial automation.

Your first year will be made up of courses covering a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals. In your second year the emphasis is on mechanical engineering. Year three strikes an almost equal balance between mechanical, electrical and computer engineering courses. The final year of study is totally dependant on your choice of electives and Part IV project.

You can study Mechatronics Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will develop a good understanding of the engineering sciences, combined with the ability to communicate effectively and apply your knowledge to new problems.

Graduates in Mechatronics Engineering have a broad base in mechanical engineering with additional knowledge and skills in electronics and computer systems related areas.

A particular feature of the degree programme is the strong emphasis placed on design and project work, in which you will acquire the ability to apply your knowledge to the development of new products, and develop skills in teamwork and communication.

Career opportunities

There is a strong and growing demand for mechatronics graduates.

The degree programme is fully in line with society’s growing desire for a high-tech knowledge based economy. A recent survey of our mechatronics graduates and their employers indicated strong support for the degree and a projected high demand for mechatronics engineers.

Mechatronics engineers are employed in a wide range of jobs involving the design, improvement, implementation and maintenance of high-tech products and services and processes in mechanical, electronic and computer-related businesses.

With the multi-disciplinary nature of mechatronics engineering, it is anticipated that mechatronics engineers will have excellent career opportunities and progress quickly to jobs with greater responsibilities.

More information

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering