Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering

Robotics and mechatronics is at the cutting-edge of creating smarter products, robotic devices and processes. Robotics and mechatronics engineers improve the performance, features and functionality of everyday products like cars, dishwashers and smart phones.

What is robotics and mechatronics engineering?

Mechatronics engineering combines mechanical engineering, computing and electronics and control theory. At the forefront of rapidly transforming technologies, robotics and mechatronics engineers work to design robots and improve the automation, performance, features and functionality of products and systems. Robotics and mechatronics engineers design aircraft avionics for autonomous drones, build robots for industry or medicine, develop systems based on smartphones, or help robots understand human behaviour.

What do robotics and mechatronics engineers do?

Robotics and mechatronics engineers design new products or improve existing devices by adding mechatronic elements. They also design, construct and run production lines and processes needed to make most consumer products.

Robotics and mechatronics engineers are responsible for devices such as:

  • antiskid braking systems
  • designing aircraft avionics for autonomous drones
  • designing medical robots to provide treatment and care for humans
  • 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 its cooked perfectly
  • developing artificial intelligence and other sensing systems help robots understand human behaviour

Careers in robotics and mechatronics engineering

The applications for robotics and 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 robotics and mechatronics engineers in many fields including:

  • nanotechnology
  • robotics and automation
  • smart manufacturing and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • by-wire technologies for motor vehicles
    *biotechnology and biomedicine

For more information please visit the department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering website.