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What is a Mechatronics Engineer?

Career Description Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

Life As a Mechatronics Engineer

  • Implement or test design solutions.
  • Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
  • Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
  • Upgrade the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements.
  • Oversee the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements.

Things a Mechatronics Engineer Should Know How to Do

Mechatronics Engineers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Automation Specialist
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer

Job Outlook for Mechatronics Engineers

There were about 132,500 jobs for Mechatronics Engineer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,500 new jobs for Mechatronics Engineer by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,500 positions for Mechatronics Engineer per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Mechatronics Engineer are Nevada, Utah, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Minnesota, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Mechatronics Engineer Salary

The salary for Mechatronics Engineers ranges between about $50,750 and $155,650 a year.

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Mechatronics Engineers who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Mechatronics Engineers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $115,710
Alaska $114,040
Arizona $94,450
Arkansas $71,510
California $107,700
Colorado $111,610
Connecticut $100,230
District of Columbia $132,530
Florida $82,970
Georgia $93,580
Hawaii $96,940
Idaho $110,270
Illinois $87,220
Indiana $73,340
Iowa $78,230
Kansas $82,060
Kentucky $79,690
Louisiana $90,580
Maine $85,800
Maryland $118,420
Massachusetts $109,220
Michigan $90,420
Minnesota $101,620
Mississippi $79,630
Missouri $86,850
Montana $79,590
Nebraska $82,760
Nevada $94,950
New Hampshire $99,070
New Jersey $114,990
New Mexico $114,790
New York $95,270
North Carolina $83,900
North Dakota $83,270
Ohio $93,370
Oklahoma $83,080
Oregon $90,720
Pennsylvania $96,550
Rhode Island $95,790
South Carolina $100,750
South Dakota $84,320
Tennessee $82,030
Texas $113,370
Utah $89,810
Vermont $81,960
Virginia $118,390
Washington $104,890
West Virginia $91,420
Wisconsin $86,600
Wyoming $97,040

What Tools do Mechatronics Engineers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Mechatronics Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • C
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Unified modeling language UML
  • The MathWorks Simulink

How to Become a Mechatronics Engineer

What education or degrees do I need to become a Mechatronics Engineer?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Mechatronics Engineers Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Mechatronics Engineers employed by various industries.

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