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What You Need to Know About Mechatronics Engineer

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

List of Mechatronics Engineer Job Duties

  • Maintain technical project files.
  • Create embedded software design programs.
  • Provide consultation or training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.
  • Upgrade the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements.
  • Design advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications.
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.

What a Mechatronics Engineer Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Mechatronics Engineers say are important on the job.

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.

Types of Mechatronics Engineer

  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • System Development Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Automation Application Engineer

Mechatronics Engineer Job Outlook

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. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 9,500 job openings in this field each 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.

Do Mechatronics Engineers Make A Lot Of Money?

The average yearly salary of a Mechatronics Engineer ranges between $50,750 and $155,650.

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

How much do Mechatronics Engineers make 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

Tools & Technologies Used by Mechatronics Engineers

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 do I Become a Mechatronics Engineer?

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

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What work experience do I need to become a Mechatronics Engineer?

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Where do Mechatronics Engineers Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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