Mechatronics Engineer  What They Do

Just the Facts

Researches, designs, develops or tests automation, intelligent systems, smart devices or industrial systems control.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Creates mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Maintains technical project files.
  • Implements or tests design solutions.
  • Creates mechanical models and tolerance analyses to simulate mechatronic design concepts.
  • Conducts studies to determine the feasibility, costs, or performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment.
  • Publishes engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results.
  • Researches, selects, or applies sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
  • Identifies and selects materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs.
  • Applies mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of materials, components, or finished goods.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Equipment Engineer --
  • Principal Engineer --
  • Process Engineer -- Develops and optimizes economical industrial processes to make the huge range of products on which modern society depends.
  • Project Engineer --
  • Senior Design Engineer --
  • Senior Project Engineer --