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Mechatronics Engineer

Design and develop autonomous machines and systems that process information.

What's it like to be a Mechatronics Engineer?

Mechatronics Engineers develop smart machines that can process information and make decisions. Mechatronics Engineers are involved in designing, testing and manufacturing machines and systems using combination of electrical and mechanical systems, robotics, computer science, and product engineering.

Mechatronics Engineer

Tasks and duties

  • Developing solutions to problems with mechanical and electronic processes.
  • Designing, building and implementing equipment modifications to help improve safety and reliability.
  • Developing project specifications with colleagues, often with those from other engineering disciplines.
  • Recommending modifications following prototype test results.
  • Conducting modelling, simulation and analysis of engineering systems.
  • Developing electronic, mechanical or computer processes for tasks that may be dangerous for humans.
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Mechatronics Engineers may work in engineering companies, processing facilities, laboratories, and tech businesses. They are employed across industries such as manufacturing, mining, and defence, but particularly in emerging fields involving bioengineering, nanotechnology and robotics.

How to become a Mechatronics Engineer


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To become a Mechatronics Engineer you are usually required to hold a degree in engineering majoring in mechatronics or robotics.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of engineering. This will usually be a Bachelor of Engineering (majoring in mechatronics or robotics). Entry to these courses is generally based on Year 12 results and having met the requirements for prerequisite subjects (usually mathematics, chemistry and physics).
  2. To work independently as a Mechatronics Engineer, most states require you to have a Professional Engineer’s Licence. This is usually gained after at least four years of practice as an engineer.
  3. Mechatronics Engineers may undertake a Masters of Mechatronics Engineering in order to increase their chances of becoming a consultant, manager or project leader.

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What skills are employers looking for?

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  • Leadership skills
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How do Mechatronics Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Mechatronics Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.7
Career progression opportunities
4.7
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
4.0
Variety of work
4.3

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Oct 2018
Build things. Change the world.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
Mechatronics engineering involves a broad skillset across traditionally separate engineering domains, providing a unique perspective on how technical solutions come together to solve problems.
The challenges
Mechatronics engineering is a multi-disciplinary field and as such, it can be difficult to get the same level of depth in a particular field compared to a domain expert.
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Oct 2018
Love it
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Automotive Electronics
The good things
Absolute pleasure to work as a mechatronics engineer
The challenges
Understanding different systems
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Oct 2018
Engineering is challenging but rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Engineering consulting
The good things
Working in consulting keeps life interesting - there's always a different challenge involving different clients in different industries. The work is technical "real engineering", which I enjoy.
The challenges
The workload can be variable, with extremes between peaks and troughs. Consulting often involves travel, which can make work/life balance difficult at times.
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