Mechatronics Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.05

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Applications Engineer
  • Automation Application Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Specialist
  • Building Engineer
  • Business Owner/Engineer
  • Control Integration Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Engineering Manager
  • Development Engineer
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineer
  • Electro-Mechanical System Control Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Intelligent Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Systems Control Engineer
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Mechatronics Technologist
  • Principal Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • System Development Engineer
  • Systems Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Publish engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results.
  • Provide consultation or training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.
  • Oversee the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements.
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Maintain technical project files.
  • Analyze existing development or manufacturing procedures and suggest improvements.
  • Implement or test design solutions.
  • Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
  • Identify and select materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Design advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
  • Create embedded software design programs.
  • Create mechanical models and tolerance analyses to simulate mechatronic design concepts.
  • Conduct studies to determine the feasibility, costs, or performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment.
  • Upgrade the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements.
  • Develop electronic, mechanical, or computerized processes to perform tasks in dangerous situations, such as underwater exploration or extraterrestrial mining.
  • Design mechatronics components for computer-controlled products, such as cameras, video recorders, automobiles, or airplanes.
  • Design advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications.
  • Apply mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of materials, components, or finished goods.
  • Design or develop automated control systems for environmental applications, such as waste processing, air quality, or water quality systems.
  • Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures.
  • Monitor or calibrate automated systems, industrial control systems, or system components to maximize efficiency of production.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bandsaws
  • Computer numerically controlled CNC machining centers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Dynamometers
  • Function generators
  • Laser printers
  • Lathes
  • Milling machines
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Power grinders
  • Precision positioning tables
  • Soldering irons
  • Agilent IntuiLink software
  • Artisan Studio
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C
  • C++
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer assisted software engineering CASE software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Dassault Systemes Dymola
  • Debuggers
  • Disk file systems
  • dSPACE
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Hardware description language HDL
  • IBM Rational software
  • Mentor Graphics VeSys Design
  • Microchip MPLAB Integrated Development Environment IDE
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modelica
  • MSC Software Adams
  • MSC Software Nastran
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • The MathWorks Stateflow
  • Unified modeling language UML
  • Vector CANalyzer
  • Vector CANoe
  • Wonderware InTouch HMI
  • Woodward MotoTron Control Solutions MotoHawk


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980