Mechatronics refers to the engineering involved in designing smart devices, controls, automation, and intelligent systems in industrial systems. Students will learn about the technology used to make these systems.
Master’s Programs in Mechatronics
Mechanical, electrical and computer engineering are blended within the field of mechatronics to build products such as cameras, automobiles, pacemakers, and appliances, among numerous other devices. Schools offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechatronic Systems Engineering. They also offer numerous other master’s degree programs with a focus on mechatronics, such as degrees in electrical, computer, or mechanical engineering with a concentration in mechatronics.
In the majority of these programs, core courses are taken in topic areas such as mechatronics modeling and microcontrollers, and advisors assist in choosing elective courses, in order to reach career goals. Substantial hands-on experience and lab work are involved in these programs, apart from a thesis. Full-time students in most programs can complete them within about a year. Professional certification can be obtained by graduates.
Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree. Some schools require applicants to hold degrees in mechanical engineering or electrical and computer engineering from an accredited school.
Coursework may vary by school. However, common core coursework may cover topic areas such as:
•Mechatronic systems control
•Sensors and instrumentation
Given the vast array of products with mechatronic systems as components, program graduates can choose from numerous career areas such as:
Job and Wage Outlook
Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, engineers, in general, are expected to see a 9% job growth; however, job growth may vary according to the discipline pursued. In 2013, all types of engineers brought in an average annual wage of $92,170.
Continuing Education Choices
Program graduates may seek the Certified Motion Control Specialist professional certification offered by the Association of International Mechatronic Engineers (AIME). Until 2010, AIME focused on motion control; thereafter, it began expanding its focus to pervade into every area of mechatronics. Continuing education through graduate courses is required to re-validate certification every three years.