Mechatronics Engineers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Systems Engineer
  • System Development Engineer
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Mechatronics Technologist
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Mechanical Systems Control Engineer
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What They Do

  • Monitor or calibrate automated systems, industrial control systems, or system components to maximize efficiency of production.
  • Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures.
  • Design or develop automated control systems for environmental applications, such as waste processing, air quality, or water quality systems.
  • Create embedded software design programs.
  • Design mechatronics components for computer-controlled products, such as cameras, video recorders, automobiles, or airplanes.
  • Develop electronic, mechanical, or computerized processes to perform tasks in dangerous situations, such as underwater exploration or extraterrestrial mining.
  • Design advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
  • Oversee the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements.
  • Provide consultation or training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $94,710 with most people making between $50,660 and $147,040

Outlook

0.36%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,790 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,890 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 60 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



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