What can I do with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering?
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 Mehatronics Engineering degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferable 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 challenges
- Creativity and innovation
- Mechanical and computing abilities
- Broad knowledge of a range of engineering disciplines.
Students undertake 800 hours of practical work experience as part of this engineering degree, providing them with a good understanding of industry and the confidence to apply their skills at work.
Mechatronics engineers work in industries such as:
- Manufacturing industries
Recent UC graduates have found roles in:
- Information, media and telecommunications eg, Telogis, Flightcell International
- Manufacturers eg, Dynamic Controls, Fisher & Paykel, CSR, Abiliquip, Attocube Systems
- Roboticis eg, Invert Robotics
- Professional, scientific and technical services eg, Dynamic Controls, Telogis, Scott Technology, Aeronavics
- Technology development eg, Syft Technologies, Tiro Medical
- Engineering consultants eg, Controlweb Ltd, Beta Solutions
- Automation companies eg, Macro Automation, Street Automation
- Smart technologies and network companies eg, Aviat Networks, Unison networks
- E-commerce eg, eStar
- Software companies eg, Wireless Guard, Wynyard Group
- Aviation, aeronautics and defence eg, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Altitude Aerospace
- Electricity and energy services eg, Beca, Mainpower
- Research institues eg, Scion, Auckland UniServices
- Government eg, Ministry of Economic Development
Mechatronics Engineering graduates are well prepared to join the technological revolution - see some examples of career options below.
Note: Some of the jobs listed may require postgraduate study. See the ‘Further study’ section.
- Uses mechanical, computer and controls knowledge to design and create products
- Researches components of design
- Tests products for efficiency and adaptability
Robotics technician, roboticist
- Works in teams to desgn and develop robots
- Tests robotic operations and processes
- Services and maintains robotic functioning
- Analyses customer needs, evaluations computer software and researches new technologies
- Develops software progrmaes for new products
- Manages software development projects
Industrial designer, product designer, product development engineer
- Researches a client's brief, an organisational or social need, or a gap in the market
- Prepares drawings, models and proposals for new product improvements
- Designs and produces a prototype
- Tests the prototype, ergonomics and investigates patents
Mechanical/control 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
Programmer, software developer
- Determines specifications and writes code
- Builds prototypes of software programs
- Tests and fises computer programs and systems
- Maintains and upgrades programs and systems
- May develop and integrate technical aspects of websites/mobile apps
- Investigates and optimises the use of energy, machinery and materials
- Designs products and processes
- Advises on the design, fabrication and repair of various equipment
Mechanical design engineer
- Designs power machinery
- Uses computer software to create visual plans
- Assists in testing machinery
Project engineer, project manager
- Manages project plan, times, costs, compliance
- Manages procurement, purchasing, contracts
- Liaises with project staff and clients
- Manages avionic development projects
- Oversees a part's lifecycle, from idea to launch
- Designs and tests the project prototype
- Manages workflows and issues
- Researches to assess if a product is new/unique
- Maintains knowledge of laws and regulations
- Writes patent applications for new inventions
- Advises businesses, government and industry
- Designs and programs high-tech computer-controlled equipment for industrial processes
- Identifies and fixes machine issues
Entrepreneur and CEO
- Develops an idea to form their own business
- Gets involved in a start-up
- Offers their servcies as a consultant
As they progress, students and graduates often join professional bodies or organisations relevant to their area of interest. These organisations can provide regular communications and offer the chance to network.
- Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
- The Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand Inc.
- New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association
- New Zealand Technology Industry Association
Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues to keep up-to-date with industry knowledge, networking opportunities, events and job vacancies.
Learn from our students' experiences
'I am able to develop new ideas which directly make an impact on people’s healthcare and ultimately their lives...'
'You learn a bit of everything, get to do all the coolest projects, and your degree is more flexible...'
'Mechatronics Engineering is a great degree as it gives you many options in industry direction...'
For more information
see the Mechatronics Engineering subject page