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Mechatronic engineering

Lead the next generation of machine design

Mechatronic engineering combines mechanical, electronic and software engineering to create computer-controlled machines. Study mechatronic engineering and you could be designing the smart systems of the future.

What is mechatronic engineering?

Mechatronic engineering harnesses the power of mechanics, electrical systems and software to create computer-controlled ‘smart’ machines. It underpins the technology behind robotics and autonomous systems, automated manufacturing and ‘intelligent’ microprocessor-based technologies.

Mechatronic systems are all around us. When your washing machine senses the size of your washing and adds just the right amount of water, that’s mechatronic engineering. Mechatronic engineers created the anti-lock braking system in your car and the controls that take the elevator to the floor you select.

With skills and in-depth knowledge in computer hardware, software and networking, mechatronic engineers are versatile problem solvers.

Mechatronic engineering careers

  • Design and create control systems, robots, innovative machines and products that make people’s lives easier and their work more efficient.
  • Revolutionise industries like agriculture, farming, mining and transport by developing automated systems that improve reliability and increase productivity.
  • Work for the latest startup or more established corporations like ResMed, Honeywell, Hyundai, Machine Automation and Robotics, Rockwell Automation, Thales, the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps, Bayer or Austcorp.
  • Become a robotics and automation engineer, software product development consultant, automotive manufacturer, or a process monitoring and plant systems engineer, among many other career options.
  • Choose from a wide range of industries: product design and development, mining, biotechnology, manufacturing, traditional and non-traditional automation, computer system and software design, transportation, power systems and defence.
  • Graduate salaries start at $60–63K per annum (Graduate Careers Australia).

Why study mechatronic engineering with us?

There are many reasons to choose our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) as your first preference.

  • Combining industry experience and management skills, you will be equipped to tackle the exciting challenges of this rapidly evolving field.
  • You will develop skills in digital electronics, microprocessors, computer control, electrical machines, machine dynamics and design, robotic systems and software design, as well as a range of professional skills in management and communications.
  • Our engineering degrees are designed to ensure our graduates are best positioned to engineer for the digital age, and are embedded with enhanced foundation studies in data and computation.
  • As part of your degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection, and undertake a six-week internship to gain valuable firsthand experience.
  • Specialise in Robotics and Intelligent Systems  and you’ll get to work with researchers from the Sydney Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems on projects such as developing an autonomous car.
  • You may also be eligible to undertake the Space Engineering program in conjunction with this degree– the only program of its kind in Australia.
  • Broaden your career prospects by combining your Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) with a second degree in arts, commerce, science, health science, medical science, laws or project management. Combined degrees are five years in length – this means you do just one extra year to attain two full qualifications, with the same annual workload as a single degree student.
  • This degree is accredited by Engineers Australia. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.
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Edward Fay

Edward Fay
Engineering (Mechatronic)/Science
“My mechatronic degree is helping me reach my career aspirations because I’m building the technical knowledge I’ll need to go into an industry. It is also helping me to problem solve, deal with a high volume of work, prioritise and remain organised. Those skills are an important part of achieving my goals for the future.”
Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Sholto Douglas

Sholto Douglas
Engineering (Mechatronic)/Commerce
“The most exciting thing about my degree is the hands-on opportunities to apply what I’ve learnt in the classroom. Last year I had the chance to work with researchers on a self-driving car project through the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, assisting with the design and programming.”
Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) and Bachelor of Commerce