Mechatronic engineers work with moving things and the advanced electronics that drive them.
What will I learn?
Mechatronic engineers use a combination of mechanical, electronics, computer systems, and software engineering to design and build mechanical systems and their controllers, software, and hardware, plus electronic processes and the networks which link them.
You’ll study dynamics (the science of moving things) and learn to calculate and control the movement and interaction of solid objects and electricity. You’ll also learn to design, build, and manage automated and autonomous mechanical systems, with an emphasis on robots, micro- and nano-scale machines, automatic and intelligent control systems, and biomedical devices.
You can work in any of the areas suggested for the Flexible major, plus find opportunities with:
- advanced machinery and robotics manufacturers
- manufacturing and mining industries
- research groups in nanotechnology, robotics, and other developing fields
- smart technology and the internet of things
You’re also likely to work closely with electrical, mechanical, and software engineers, and will find opportunities in many of the areas suggested for those majors.
Associate Professor Sarath Kodagoda, Deputy Director Centre for Autonomous Systems
Well mechatronics is what you can call the robotics as well. The students basically learn about how to program microcontrollers how to work with the actuators, how to work with the sensors.
How to do control, how to do programming so we created an environment for them to work on their projects while we are mentoring.
At the same time I wanted to add a bit more excitement to it by introducing a competition to assess the performance so there's code completion based assessment the particular subject that I was talking about is called mechatronics two - what you are basically doing is trying to create opportunities for the students to learn robotics or megatronics in a fun way.
You decide the way that you want to how you want to go there. But in order to go there these are the skill sets needed. We provide some information about it and we teach them how to get that information. We mentor them so in that way they will have more time to think, time to innovate. It is going beyond the boundaries of this class. So the students are now self-motivated to do their own project.
Also they have now created their own robotic society where they basically manage their own projects. They are facilitating workshop for all other students who are maybe first years or have very limited knowledge in robotics. I see that they are growing as lifelong learners I believe that is what I am really proud of.
I am Sarath Kodagoda, I am Associate Professor, Deputy Director of Center for Autonomous Systems Teaching and Learning.
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