Mechatronics is at the cutting-edge of creating smarter products, devices and processes. Mechatronics engineers improve the performance, features and functionality of everyday products like cars, dishwashers and microwave ovens.
What is mechatronics engineering?
Mechatronics engineering combines mechanical engineering, computing and electronics to create functional, smart products. Every day you come into contact with products of mechatronics engineering. They include cars, Blu-ray players, microwave ovens, dishwashers and washing machines. The processes and production lines used to make these and many other products are also mechatronic in nature.
What do mechatronics engineers do?
Mechatronics engineers design new products or improve existing devices by adding mechatronic elements. They also design, construct and run factory production lines and processes.
Mechatronics engineers are responsible for devices such as:
- antiskid braking systems
- clothes dryers that adjust their operation based on the dampness of the clothes
- washing machines that sense the amount of dirt in the load and vary water and electricity to suit
- chemical sensors in microwave ovens that monitor the smell of food to ensure it’s cooked perfectly
Careers in mechatronics engineering
The applications for mechatronics engineering are virtually unlimited and the need for professionals in this progressive field is increasing. You will be in high demand.
There are many opportunities for mechatronics engineers in many fields including:
- by-wire technologies for motor vehicles
For more information please visit the department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering website.