Mechatronics Engineer

Mechatronics is mechanical, electrical and electronic systems combined with information technology. As a mechatronics engineer you have a broad knowledge across all these areas so that you can understand a complete system, not just certain parts of it.

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Mechatronics Engineer
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What the job looks like
Salary expectation
starts at $60,000 up to $250,000+
The good
  • Using some of the latest technology, software and equipment
  • The industry is always changing
  • Travelling to view new designs or attend conferences
  • Hands-on work
  • Being creative and solving problems
The not so good
  • Long hours at times
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Understanding how a system works quickly

As a mechatronics engineer you get to design, build and understand some of the most complex machines, from aviation right through to robotics.

Most of your time is spent working across the electronic and computer control systems of machinery. As a mechatronic engineer you will also use computer-aided design (CAD) and other software to simulate complex models. Modelling is based mostly on mathematics so the more you study at school the more prepared you will be.

You will also find yourself using mathematics to work out physics and chemistry formulas to help design and build a product that is safe and practical.

Good English skills will also be important to help you with your studies after school. As a mechatronics engineer, you will be reading and writing reports plus you will need to quickly get through any briefs you are given for a project.

If you have an interest in mechanics, enjoy solving problems and can think outside the box then a career as a mechatronics engineer could be for you. 

Best part of the job is the toys, the industry is evolving so quickly and there are so many opportunities.

Start working on your skills now

If you want to make being a mechatronics engineer part of your big tomorrow you will need a good handle on mathematics, writing and excellent communication skills. Here are some activities to help.

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Pathways to this career

Subject suggestions for the HSC

Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.

HSC subjects 

Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.

What can I do after I have finished school?


University degrees 

Studying one of these degrees can help with your career.

Suggestions

Check out Engineering Australia for more information

  • Talk to anybody you know that has done mechatronic engineering like a family member or teacher
  • Start using some electronic kits (from places like Jaycar) to build your practical skills and understanding
  • Find some websites that have useful information about mechatronics engineering
  • Go to career expos and events like university Open Days to find out more information about what you will study