As a Mechatronics Engineer…

The Working definition of Mechatronics:

Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of sensors, actuators, signal conditioning, power electronics, decision and control algorithms, and computer hardware and software to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.

Mechanical

  1. Mechanical structure & Mechanisms
  2. Static/Dynamic characteristics
  3. Physical Power to produce Motion
  4. Thermo-fluid, hydraulic aspects, force, heat, etc.

Electromechanical

  1. Sensors
  2. Actuators

Electrical/Electronic

  1. Electrical components (e.g., resistor (R), capacitor ©, inductor (L), transformer, etc.), circuits, and analog signals
  2. Electronic elements refer to analog/digital electronics, transistors, thyristors, opto-isolators, operational amplifiers, power electronics, and signal conditioning

Control Interface/Computing Hardware

  1. Analog-to-digital (A2D) converter, digital-to-analog (D2A) converter
  2. Digital input/output (I/O), counters, timers
  3. Microprocessor, microcontroller
  4. Data acquisition and control (DAC) board, and digital signal processing (DSP) board

Computer/Information System

  1. Computer-Aided Dynamic System Analysis, Optimization, Design, and Simulation
  2. Virtual Instrumentation
  3. Rapid Control Prototyping
  4. Hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  5. PC-based data acquisition and control

Mechatronics Applications

  • Smart consumer products: home security, camera, microwave oven, toaster, dishwasher, laundry washer-dryer, climate control units, etc.
  • Medical: implant devices, assisted surgery, haptic, etc.
  • Defence: unmanned air, ground, and underwater vehicles, smart munitions, jet engines, etc
  • Manufacturing: robotics, machines, processes, etc.
  • Automotive: Climate control, antilock brake, active suspension, cruise control, airbags, engine management, safety, etc.
  • Network-centric, distributed systems: distributed robotics, telerobotics, intelligent highways, etc.
  1. Digital control systems
  2. Automation
  3. Instrumentation

Designations:

A B.Tech in Mechatronics can get either of these designations

  • Robotics Test Engineers
  • Robotics Systems Engineer
  • Robotics specialists
  • Analysts
  • Researchers

Some of the misconceptions about Mechatronics that many people feel are:

And these are what I personally heard from the people (you know who they are😅😅)when I was opting for Mechatronics. So, I just want to clarify to the student who is about to take Mechatronics and is confused by all the unnecessary talks. If you want to follow what you want to pursue, go for it.

  • There might be low opportunities in this field. Generally in we have a huge count of graduates passing out every year in our country. So obviously there’ll be a scarcity of finding jobs. If we stand out differently from others, definitely we can create an impact.
  • There might be no jobs for this department. I just mentioned what a Bachelors in Mechatronics degree can get in the above section.
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth from the year 2014 to 2024 is 5% for Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineers and -1% for Electronics Engineers. It means there is an increase in the employment opportunities for Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineering jobs in the above mentioned year span and a decline in the Electronics Engineering jobs in the same period.

So that’s it for this blog guys. I hope you enjoyed reading the blog. Don’t forget to share with your friends especially with Mechatronics Engineers!

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Karthik_Mothiki

Karthik_Mothiki

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I’m a student at Sastra Deemed University, B.Tech Mechatronics, 2023. My dream is to diversify my proficiency in every domain. Enraptured for AI, and Robotics.