What can I do with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering?
Through their Mechatronics Engineering degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:
- Analytical, logical and quantitative thinking
- Practical application of engineering technology and science
- Problem solving that applies to real world problems
- Creativity and innovation
- Mechanical and computing abilities
- Broad knowledge of a range of engineering disciplines
Mechatronics Engineering graduates can take up careers in a wide spectrum of industries where complex software plays a major role, including the robotics, aerospace, chemical, defence, automotive and manufacturing industries. They also work in businesses that require extensive computer support, such as banking and commerce.
UC’s Guide to Job Hunting offers a variety of career resources including employer information.
For more information about UC student and graduate opportunities, go to UC CareerHub
Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs including product development engineer, technology systems engineer or patent examiner.
Some of the jobs listed may require further study at postgraduate level. Postgraduate study can contribute to your employability. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills, indicates your motivation and ability to persevere at a high level academically and can make you more competitive in the job market. Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite for certain jobs.
- Mechatronics engineer
- Uses mechanical, computer and controls knowledge to design and create products
- Researches components of design
- Tests products for efficiency and adaptability
- Robotics technician
- Works in teams to design and produce robots
- Tests robotic operations and processes
- Services and maintains robotic functioning
- Software engineer
- Develops and evaluates computer software/programs
- Develops new programs for products that are yet to be released
- Organises software development projects
- Industrial designer
- Develops products for use in homes and businesses
- Advises clients on project budgets
- Tests the ergonomics of products
- Mechanical systems engineer
- Assists in the development of products using drafting tools or computer software
- Designs testing control equipment
- Researches and advises on design modifications to resolve problems
- Designs the specifications for programs
- Runs computer programs and systems in order to test and identify problems
- Builds prototypes to tender for new businesses
- Mechanical engineer
- Researches the use of energy, machinery and materials
- Uses computer software to design plans and models
- Provides advice on the building and repair of various equipment
- Mechanical design engineer
- Designs power machinery
- Uses computer software to create visual plans of designs
- Assists in testing machinery
- Project engineer
- Involvement in the plans, budget and schedules of a project
- Supervises a project's daily progress
- Liaises with project staff and clients
- Electro-mechanical engineer
- Uses electrical and electronic knowledge to design and develop mechanical systems
- Prepares reports and presentations
- Ensures system specifications are operational and safe
Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly becoming an important part of the world of work and should be considered as a career option. For more information about UC student innovation & entrepreneurship, related internships, scholarships, courses and activities go to Careers, Internships & Employment
For further information on job titles, please see the latest UC Graduate Destinations Survey
As they progress in their studies and into a career, our students and graduates often join professional bodies specific to their area of interest. These organisations offer graduates the opportunity to network and collaborate with others within the same community. Other relevant organisations are also listed.
- SAE International
- Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
- The Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand Inc.
- New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association
Social media networks, such as LinkedIn (including LinkedIn groups), Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues for students and graduates to keep up-to-date with current industry knowledge and 'best practice', networking opportunities, industry-related events and job vacancies.
It is possible to study at postgraduate and graduate level in subjects both directly and indirectly related to your degree. For a list of postgraduate and graduate study options, go to Courses, Subjects and Qualifications
Related postgraduate courses of study include postgraduate diplomas, masters degrees and doctoral study. This additional study can impact on the entry level of employment in industry. Other options for further study could include teaching or management courses. Postgraduate study can also lead to an academic career pathway in teaching and research .
Carefully consider your motivation for study, how it fits in with your long-term career plans and whether it is likely to enhance your employment prospects.