Mechatronics Engineering is the efficient and effective integration of mechanical systems, electronics, and intelligent control. Mechatronics engineers employ precision engineering, control theory, computer science, and mathematics and sensor technology to design enhanced or ‘smart’ products, processes and systems. The term ‘Mechatronics’ refers to the art and science of combining precision mechanical engineering, electronic control and information systems for the production of intelligent machine systems. Examples of mechatronic systems include aircraft, dishwashers, toys, motor vehicles, automated manufacturing plants, medical and surgical devices, robots of all types and artificial organs.
Already mechatronic systems are utilized in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, communication, transport, medicine, service, energy and smart farming. In the coming decades, it is likely that there will be an explosion of these automated systems developed for everyday use. Robots are widely used to automate manufacturing processes for the benefits of productivity gain, quality consistency and reduction/elimination of labour. Mobile machines, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV), are deployed to operate in hazardous environments. Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and components are now as small as a few microns and researchers are investigating nanotechnologies using mechatronic systems for implantation into the human body to repair or replace damaged physiological functions.
The Mechatronics Engineering degree programme is jointly taught by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Electrical / Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering. Special emphasis is placed on the development of design skills and application of knowledge through design projects in each professional year.
The Objective of this five-year, full-time degree is to produce graduates who:
- are able to develop new and functional products and processes, and can effectively communicate such findings, orally and in writing.
- have acquired good understanding of integrating the required aspects of mechanical, electrical, computer and control engineering to become employable in modern manufacturing, automotive and medical industries.
- possess broad and sufficient knowledge in core and tangential subjects to embark on advanced studies in specialized areas of mechatronics engineering
- can deploy both numerical and experimental analyses, including computer-controlled systems, to design, simulate and manufacture functional engineering components and systems.
- identifying technical needs, can apply sound engineering principles in providing safe, efficient and socially acceptable ingenious and sustainable solutions.
- are innovative enough to exploit entrepreneurial skills, management and technical competence to become self-employed.
The learning outcome of the programme is training graduates that combine sound theoretical knowledge with rich practical skills, capable of enabling them to embark on competitive advanced research globally, take up challenging positions in relevant industries and public services, and to reach a level of self-reliance, particularly in the manufacturing, automotive, and medical industries.