Mechatronics Engineers


Overview

Mechatronics Engineers

Introduction

Mechatronics engineers use the principles of computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, along with systems integration and technical project management skills, to research, design, develop, test, and troubleshoot computer-controlled electromechanical systems. They are also known as electromechanical engineers and mechatronics systems engineers. There are 330,300 electrical and electronics engineers and 312,900 mechanical engineers employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$93,070

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship, or co-op, volunteer, or part-time experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports the following average starting salaries for new college graduates with a bachelor’s degree by specialty in 2019: computer, $68,778; mechanical, $70,329; and electrical/electronics, $70,635.

According to Salary.com, mechatronics engineers earned median salaries of $70,709 in February 2020. The median annual salary for a mechanical...

Work Environment

Most mechatronics engineers work indoors in research laboratories, offices, processing or manufacturing plants, or workshops. Some manufacturing plants can be noisy.

Mechatronics engineers generally work 40 hours a week. However, they may need to occasionally work nights and weekends to meet project deadlines.

Some engineers may be required to travel to meet with clients, give pre...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide an employment outlook for mechatronics engineers, but it does report that job opportunities in electrical, hardware, and mechanical engineering are expected to grow as fast as the average for all careers through to 2028. Employment for software developers, a type of software engineer, will grow much faster than the average during this time spa...

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