What is Mechatronics?
Mechatronics Engineering is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Embedded Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. Mechatronics Engineering is commonly defined as "The discipline that focuses on the design and control of electro-mechanical devices" or "the integration of electronics, control engineering and mechanical engineering."
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Why study Mechatronics?
Today's designers are faced with the task of combining elements of mechanics, electronics, embedded systems and digital signal processing, while coping with the miniaturization of components and use of prefabricated parts. The synthesis of different technologies is already included in modern precision engineering. Continuing developments in miniaturization and fabrication will provide further challenges for Mechatronics Engineers.
The demands of current and future technologies requires engineers that have interdisciplinary skills. The breadth of education required by Mechatronics engineers will not only provide such skills in the short term, but will enable them in the long term to effectively adapt to rapidly shifting technologies.
The Mechatronics Program at McMaster
At different Universities Mechatronics Engineering is offered with different flavours - Mechanical, Electrical, or Embedded Systems. We, at McMaster University, have designed an innovative world class Mechatronics program that offers a balance of Mechanical, Electrical and Software content with a focus on Embedded Systems Design. The program accepted the initial class of second year students in September 2006. Our Mechatronics program gives students a solid foundation in Mechanical, Software and Electrical Engineering and then exposes students to a suite of innovative Mechatronics specific lab-based courses for a hands-on experience that provides significant advantages in todays job market.
Who hires Mechatronics Engineers?
Mechatronics Engineers are employed in all sectors: Manufacturing, Automotive Industry, Aeronautics Industry, Power generation and distribution, Chemical Industry, Telecommunications, Medical.
Masters (M. Eng) in Mechatronics
The Mechatronics program was designed to allow students to obtain a M. Eng after only one additional year of study. The program is expected to start in 2009 once the first Mechatronics students complete Level IV.