Arrange an information interview with an electromechanical engineering technologist to learn more about the career. Create a list of questions about the technologist's educational training, work environment and job duties, pros and cons of the job, and any other topic that you'd like to learn more about. Ask your school's career services office for help with locating an interview candidate. Keep up with news and developments in electromechanical engineering by visiting the Web sites of professional associations. Another good way to explore the various fields of engineering technology is by joining the Technology Student Association (http://www.tsaweb.org). This organization offers academic competitions, summer exploration programs, publications, and other resources for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Electromechanical engineering is also known as mechatronics. This type of engineering is the "synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacturing of industrial products and processes," as defined by the journal IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
Electromechanical engineering technologists assist engineers in the research, design, and development of eletromechanical equipment or systems. According to the IEEE/ASME journal, the general categories for mechatronics, or electromechanical engineering are:
Electromechanical engineering technologists apply their practical knowledge of engineering science and technology in their work. They ensure that electromechanical equipment and systems meet design specifications by consulting with precision machinists and technicians. Technologists are also responsible for analyzing the engineering designs of circuit boards, electronic equipment, motor controls, and instrumentation, as well as digital data acquisition for use in new or existing electromechanical systems.
Mechanical, electrical, and computer components comprise electromechanical systems, and electronic components, actuators, sensors, and digital controls comprise the physical systems. There may be sub-components of products, such as a car's anti-lock brake system, or a whole product like a smart thermostat.
Other tasks for electromechanical engineering technologists include assembling or fabricating electrical, mechanical, or electronic components. They also monitor work processes and materials, gather and analyze information, and identify and troubleshoot problems. Technologists work in a team and share information with others on a daily basis, in person, by telephone, and via e-mail. They use software programs to analyze data, review layouts and spreadsheets, create reports, and communicate with team members and other personnel. The job requires knowledge of analytical or scientific software, computer-aided design software, graphics imaging software, and spreadsheet software.