Why choose mechatronics engineering?
Mechatronics is an exciting discipline that combines knowledge and skills from mechanical, electrical, computer, and systems engineering. Mechatronics engineers design systems that arise from the interconnection of computers and sensors with physical components like robots, cars, aircraft, underwater vehicles and energy harvesters.
A multi-disciplinary education and a systems approach to engineering place mechatronics engineers in a unique position to perform overall analysis, specification and design of new products and to interact with and manage engineers of other specialisations. As technological developments increase in complexity, multidisciplinary engineering is becoming an essential asset for industry.
Why study with us?
Our newly revised program provides a true mechatronics education - not just a course with mechanical and electrical components. This program places students at the forefront of mechatronics in Australia. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle is one of the top engineering faculties in Australia. Our academic staff’s research activities in collaboration with national and international industry are reflected in the use of relevant industrial examples throughout the program. Extra curricular activities, including engagement in short courses for industry and mentoring high-school robotic teams, provide students with great opportunities to develop their skills further while they continuing learning about mechatronics.
What will I study?
Mechatronics incorporates core mechanical and electrical engineering skills with specialised skills associated purely with mechatronics. Students will learn about mechanical design, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, structures, material science, engineering management, computer architecture and microprocessor systems, electronics, software design, digital electronics, real time computing systems, electrical drives, and control systems.
In addition, three mechatronic specific courses concentrate on system modelling and integrated design (mechanical, electrical, computer and software), robotics, computer control systems, experimental modelling, fault-tolerant designs, autonomous vehicles and systems (guidance, navigation and control).
Engineers Australia and other affiliated international bodies.
Mechatronics is creating career opportunities in industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace, maritime, bio-engineering, robotics, automation in manufacturing, control systems and renewable energy.
What degrees can I study?
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)
A student's guide to mechatronics course relations
Download this pdf to find out how the different courses in this program relate to each other, and form part of the assumed knowledge.