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Mechatronics Engineers

Also called: Automation Engineer, Controls Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Principal Engineer

What they do:
Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.
On the job, you would:
  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Maintain technical project files.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • C
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
Analytical or scientific software
  • Dassault Systemes Dymola
  • MSC Software Adams
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer assisted software engineering CASE software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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