What can I do with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering?

Mechatronics engineering graduate Angus Watson

Mechatronics Engineering is the efficient and effective integration of mechanical systems and electronics, and intelligent control. Mechatronics engineers employ precision engineering, control theory, computer science, mathematics and sensor technology to design enhanced or 'smart' products, processes and systems. Examples of mechatronic systems include aircraft, dishwashers, toys, motor vehicles, automated manufacturing plants, medical and surgical devices, robots of all types and artificial organs. Almost everywhere you look you will see a mechatronic system.

During the coming decades we will see an explosion of these automated systems further infiltrating our lives. Already mechatronic systems are utilised in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, communication, transport, medicine, service, energy and smart farming.

Through their Social Work degree, graduates develop a set of valuable skills such as:

  • Professional engagement, social assessment, and clinical intervention
  • Empathising and empowering
  • Self-awareness and non-judgemental attitude
  • Interviewing skills
  • Indigenous awareness and cultural sensitivity
  • Thinking critically and creatively, and challenging ideas
  • Advanced listening and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Negotiating and advocacy
  • Interpretive and analytical thinking
  • Appreciation of discrimination and inequality
  • A framework for values and ethics.

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom are available, including undertaking an internship in a community setting later in your degree. This can deepen your skillset, awareness
of others, working knowledge and employability.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, social workers are employed in the public and private sectors, providing both direct and indirect services. Graduates are employable overseas, particularly in the UK and Australia.

Direct services

Direct services include those for children, families, older people, those who have committed offences and people with disabilities. Employers may be:

  • District Health Boards
  • Department of Corrections
  • Healthcare and disability eg, CCS Disability Action
  • Ministry for Vulnerable Children | Oranga Tamariki
  • Church missions eg, Christchurch Methodist Mission, Presbyterian Support
  • Housing support eg, Women’s Refuge
  • Community Probation Service
  • Whānau Ora
  • Not-for-profit agencies eg, The Salvation Army, Stepping Stone Trust, North Canterbury Trust
  • Community work eg, Canterbury Men’s Centre
  • Addiction services eg, Alcohol Drug Helpline, Christchurch Central Service
  • Rehabilitation eg, Laura Fergusson Trust
  • Advocacy and representation eg, Q-topia
  • Private counselling eg, Richmond Services
  • Community psychiatric services.

Indirect services

Indirect services encompass social sector planning, administration, policy and research. Employers may include:

  • Ministry of Social Development
  • City councils
  • Police
  • Ministry of Education
  • Whānau Ora.

Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs — see some examples below.

Note: Some of the jobs listed may require postgraduate study. See the ‘Further study’ section.

Social worker

  • Provides support and guidance to young people, individuals and whānau
  • Talks about their difficulties and empowers good decision making
  • Builds relationships and links people to resources, services, groups and events
  • Advocates with and on behalf of people
  • Mediates and resolves group conflict
  • Writes reports and manages case notes

Community development worker / consultant

  • Recognises problems and concerns within communities eg, mental health, youth facilities
  • Raises awareness of local issues and works with other groups
  • Develops programmes and seeks funding to address issues

Residential / family support worker

  • Cares for clients and their whānau in a residential setting eg, emergency shelter/refuge
  • Manages interactions and ensures safety
  • Supports clients to work through problems and identify next steps

Mental health support worker

  • Provides interventions for people who are experiencing mental health issues
  • Assesses their needs, supervises progress
  • Aids independence and intervenes if needed

Social policy researcher

  • Researches social issues eg, housing, poverty
  • Investigates ways to promote family, organisational or community initiatives
  • Publishes reports and communicates findings

Counsellor, addiction clinician

  • Supports a client to voice their feelings, stories
  • Listens to and reflects upon the client’s issues
  • Raises self-awareness and understanding
  • Helps client identify options and make choices

Hospital / medical social worker

  • Works with people who are ill or suffer a trauma
  • Develops support plans for clients in their home
  • Supports the whānau and carers of clients

Youth worker

  • Keeps young people informed and supported
  • Nurtures relationships with youth and networks
  • Supports adolescent parents
  • Plans activities and connects to resources

Care and protection worker

  • Gathers information and is involved in working with families to better protect children
  • Ensures children are protected, safe and well
  • Facilitates family group conferences

Probation officer

  • Manages and supervises offenders
  • Makes offender risk assessments to identify the chance of recidivism and suitability for parole
  • Monitors access to services and programmes

Support / service coordinator

  • Administers support for diverse groups eg, refugees, elderly
  • Arranges services eg, free childcare, legal advice
  • Develops participants’ confidence
  • Builds connections with members and agencies

Entrepreneur and CEO

  • Develops an idea to form their own business
  • Gets involved in a start-up

Get started with Entrepreneurship here.

As they progress, students and graduates often join professional bodies relevant to their area of interest. These organisations can provide regular communications and offer the chance to network with others in the same community.

Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues to keep upto-date with industry knowledge, networking opportunities, events and job vacancies.

Learn from our students' experiences

For more information

see the Mechatronics Engineering subject page