Mechatronics Engineering


Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Mechatronics engineering graduate Angus Watson


Mechatronics Engineering is the integration of electronics and intelligent control in mechanical systems. Mechatronics engineers employ precision engineering, control theory, computer science, mathematics and sensor technology to design enhanced or 'smart' products, processes and systems.

Almost everywhere you look you will see a mechatronic system. They are utilised in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, communication, transport, medicine, service, energy, smart farming and increasingly in advanced gaming systems.

During the coming decades we will see an explosion of these automated systems further infiltrating our lives. Robots are widely used to automate manufacturing processes for productivity benefits, quality consistency and reduction/elimination of physically hard and/or hazardous labour. Mobile machines, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV), are deployed to operate in such environments.

Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and components are now as small as a few microns and researchers are investigating nanotechnologies by using mechatronic systems for applications such as microscopy, spectroscopy, nano-fabrication, big data storage and sensor technologies.


100-level courses

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is called the Engineering Intermediate Year. For Mechatronics students, this is made up of:

Five compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students:

* No EFTS, no fees.

Plus courses specific to Mechatronics Engineering:

In addition you must study at least 15 points of elective courses 

To ensure a total workload of 120 points in the first year. It is advisable to check with the College of Engineering student advisor for suggested electives.

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The professional years

Once you have completed the Engineering Intermediate Year and successfully applied for entry into Mechatronics Engineering, you will study that discipline within the three professional years.

See all courses (Years 2-4) required to complete a BE(Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering.

The First, Second, and Third Professional Years consist of compulsory and elective courses from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and dedicated Mechatronics Engineering. At UC, special emphasis is placed on project-based learning.

The First Professional Year introduces the topics of mechatronics design, computer systems, electronics and devices, dynamics and vibrations, machine elements, and engineering mathematics.

The Second Professional Year focuses on mechatronics system design, control engineering, embedded systems, computational mechanical analysis, and power electronics.

The Third Professional Year allows students to take courses that suit their specific interest, and includes courses on electronics, aerodynamics, robotics and computer vision. All students also take a course on modern control theory and complete a design and research project, which typically are real-life engineering projects offered by industry partners.

Career opportunities

Graduates with a Mechatronics Engineering degree can take up careers in a wide spectrum of industries where the interaction of software and a physical system plays a major role, including the robotics, aerospace, chemical, gaming, internet/cloud/software, defence, automotive and manufacturing industries. Mechatronics graduates also work in businesses that require extensive computer infrastructure and algorithms, such as banking and commerce.

Within these industries, graduates may be design engineers, software engineers, project planners, product designers or project managers.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering.

More information

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 4222

Please see the Department's website for up-to-date location details.

Postal address
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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Peizhao Qiu

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Sarah Poole

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