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

  • Applications Engineer
  • Automation Application Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Specialist
  • Building Engineer
  • Business Owner/Engineer
  • Control Integration Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
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What They Do

  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products.
  • Maintain technical project files.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
  • Implement or test design solutions.
  • Create mechanical models and tolerance analyses to simulate mechatronic design concepts.
  • Design advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
  • Conduct studies to determine the feasibility, costs, or performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment.
  • Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication.
  • Publish engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $90,650 with most people making between $42,500 and $143,770

Outlook

0.40%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,930 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 8,250 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 32 openings due to growth and about 158 replacement openings for approximately 190 total annual openings.