Engineering

Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer

Mechatronics engineers design, and develop machinery and robotic systems by combining mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer do?

Mechatronics engineers design, and develop machinery and robotic systems by combining mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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Work activities

As a mechatronics or robotics engineer, you might:

  • research, design and develop hybrid systems, machinery and robotic components and equipment to automate tasks in a range of industries
  • apply mechatronic or robotic applications to tasks which may be dangerous to humans
  • prepare technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
  • estimate manufacturing and labour costs, and project timescales
  • coordinate the work of technicians
  • assess proposed new developments or innovations to see if they are workable
  • test prototypes and analyse data
  • make sure that projects meet safety regulations
  • plan and oversee inspection and maintenance schedules.
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Key skills and interests

To become a mechatronics or robotics engineer, you would need:

  • a flair for maths, science, technology and IT
  • the ability to think creatively and analyse problems
  • strong decision-making skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to prioritise and plan work effectively
  • the ability to manage a budget.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Mechatronics engineers normally work standard weekly hours, but you may work longer to meet project deadlines.

Conditions

Most of your work would take place in an office or in a lab. Occasionally, you may have to work on site in factories, workshops or outdoors.

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How to become an Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer?

Entry Level Education

To become a mechatronics engineer you usually have to study mechanical, electrical or electronics engineering, with a major in mechatronics or robotics. Some universities now offer specialised mechatronics engineering courses. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.

www.engineersaustralia.org.au

More senior roles in mechatronics engineering usually require a master's degree in mechatronics and relevant experience in the field, especially experience working with robots and artificial intelligence systems.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of mechatronics and robotics engineers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Job growth is expected because of the broad range of industries in which mechatronics engineers can apply their knowledge in developing and applying emerging technologies. 

Job growth will occur in engineering services firms, as more companies contract engineering services rather than directly employing engineers. Mechatronics engineers will also be employed by large engineering manufacturing companies which make robotics systems once they are designed and developed.

The rapid pace of technological innovation and development will also drive demand for mechatronics engineers in research and development, with the increased appetite for new developments in automation of a broad range of tasks across a wide range of industries. 

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