What is it like to be a Mechatronic Engineer?
The word 'mechatronics' is cumbersome and often needs explanation, but it covers a vast range of manufactured products as microcontroller chips find their way into almost everything. Mechanisms that used to need cams and interlocks can now rely on a few lines of software in a chip costing only cents. Consider the printers that are sold at giveaway prices that can print full colour at fantastic resolution. These are but one example of Mechatronic technology that now places a dozen microcontrollers in every new car.
Of course the mechanical design must keep pace, assisted by design software, but the addition of 'intelligence' means that self-calibration can allow greater tolerances and self-checking can lead to greater reliability.
As the boundaries narrow between mechanical and electrical engineers, the Mechatronic Engineer can strive for mastery of both.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
Is it right for me?
Mechatronic engineers use their skills in electronics and computer control systems to design and preserve machinery. You’ll be hands on and innovative and have an active interest in electronics and computing.
- Technically and creatively minded
- An interest in problem solving, physics, mathematics and mechanical equipment
- Able to work autonomously and in a team
To become a Mechatronic Engineer
To be able to become a Mechatronic Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental Engineering), USQ recommends that you study an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) or a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering).
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.
After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.