What is Mechatronic Engineering?
Mechatronic Engineering combines the fundamentals of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Science to develop autonomous systems. A Mechatronic Engineer designs smart machines and systems that are aware of their environment, and can processing information to make decisions.
What is a Machine?
A machine uses power to apply forces and control movement to perform an intended action, often beyond the capability limit of a human being.
Machines have been assisting us ever since they were invented. They have evolved from force and motion control to processing the an information flow and producing an output.
Today, large scale integration of electronic devices, ever expanding computing hardware capabilities and modern sensing and actuation technologies have seen many changes to the way machines work with humans.
Newly evolving technologies are continually integrated into machines to significantly enhance their operational aspects
Mechatronic Engineers in the workforce
The demand for engineers with experience and knowledge of computing, robotics and engineering principles continues to grow as industries evolve. Example of industries and jobs mechatronics engineers can work in include:
- Computer simulations and modelling
- Engineering design
- Propulsion systems
- Control System
Mechatronic Engineers are integral in the development of new technologies. For example, cars brakes. The design of brakes has been improved over time, making them better, more responsive and safer. Now, thanks to modern sensing, actuation, computing and control technologies, braking systems are more amazing than ever before. Using technology to adjust the braking system in a split second has meant brakes are more responsive and deliver the greatest breaking power possible.
Find out more about studying Mechatronic Engineering at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW.