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.
What the job looks like
starts at $60,000 up to $250,000+
- 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.
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.
Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.
- English (Advanced or higher)
- Mathematics (2 unit or higher)
- Engineering Studies
- Industrial Technology
What can I do after I have finished school?
Studying one of these degrees can help with your career.
- Bachelor of Engineering
- 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