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Mechatronics Engineering

What is Mechatronics Engineering?

Mechatronics Engineering involves the design and application of intelligent, computer-controlled electromechanical systems. It can be can be thought of as the merging or integration of Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Control Engineering and Software Engineering.

Mechatronics Engineering often leads to products and processes with significantly enhanced function and performance. Examples of mechatronic systems include robots, air-bag systems, digital cameras and audiovisual technologies, aircraft cruise control, and many other high-tech devices.

What do Mechatronics Engineers do?

Mechatronics engineers are usually involved in the development and design of advanced mechatronics technologies and their applications. Mechatronics engineers integrate electronics and mechanical systems using automated and intelligent computer-control systems to produce new devices, such as artificial hearts or anti-lock braking systems.

What types of careers do Mechatronics Engineers find?

Typical fields of work for Mechatronics engineers are broad, and include those fields often occupied by the Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Software engineer. Mechatronics engineers often work in automotive, aerospace, computer, communications, or medical firms. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field and its emerging nature, Mechatronics engineers are expected to be in increasingly high demand.

Program Description

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is one of a handful of universities in Canada that offers a dedicated program in Mechatronics Engineering. The program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required to work in high-tech companies requiring the integration of electro-mechanical systems with controls and software, including robotics, automotive, consumer products, and aerospace industries, to name a few.

Developed in consultation with industry, the Mechatronics Engineering curriculum provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of mathematics, computing and science, with significant content in engineering sciences and design. In addition to classroom lectures, students participate in tutorials, laboratories, computer simulations, field visits, independent research and design tasks, individual and group projects, as well as presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences.

View the Program Map for Mechatronics Engineering here.

Engineering and Management Program

The Engineering and Management combination programs meet the rapidly increasing need for engineers with the leadership skills to succeed in business and management. Students can choose to complement their technical studies in this engineering program with business and management courses by opting for the five-year Engineering and Management program that corresponds to this discipline.