Mechatronics/Robotics: career prospects for graduates

Mechatronics with an emphasis in robotics has become significantly more important in recent years. Virtually all aspects of economic life are largely dependent on it either directly or indirectly. Graduates of this degree program have a unique skill set that allows them to develop intelligent mechatronic products, for example, in the automotive industry or in mobile robotics, to manage projects in automation engineering, or to work as project managers or employees in development departments in medical technology or in the pharmaceuticals industry.

What core industries employ mechatronics specialists?

  • Manufacturing of hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems
  • Manufacturing of pumps and compressors
  • Manufacturing of bearings, gearboxes, gearwheels, and drive elements
  • Manufacturing of (other) machinery not intended for a specific industry
  • Manufacturing of machinery for agriculture and forestry
  • Manufacturing of machine tools
  • Manufacturing of machinery intended for other specific industries
  • Manufacturing of automobiles and automotive parts
  • Other vehicle construction
  • Toy manufacturing
  • Machinery and equipment repair and installation

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Designing, planning, and optimizing mechatronic systems
  • Machine building: e.g. optimizing production facilities, testing new systems, part and system design, prototype construction, repair and maintenance
  • Robotics: e.g. networking of robot cells, optimizing automation systems, improving production processes, human-machine interface, service and industrial robotics
  • Electronics: e.g. control and automation engineering, networking of machinery, computer system engineering, programming automatons and robots
  • Drive technology
  • Technology management (innovation consulting)
  • Project and quality management
  • IT consultant
  • Sale and distribution of machinery: e.g. investment consultant, product specialist
  • Freelancer; typically as a system integrator

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Research and development: preparing specifications and specification sheets, product and system development (hardware, software), component, module, and integration testing, application and prototype development
  • Process development: e.g. planning and developing processes, production planning, statistical experimental design, inspection planning, tracking problems that arise up to the product release, process management
  • Manufacturing: production planning, production management, rationalization, quality assurance
  • Technical plant management: e.g. project manager, production, integration developer for mechatronic components and systems, system support, production reliability
  • Sales, distribution, and marketing: e.g. technical sales management, developing system concepts in accordance with customer requirements, preparing and processing calls for bids
  • Product management
  • Customer service: e.g. technical support engineer, problem solving at customer facilities
  • Project and quality management
  • Consulting: e.g. planning and implementing services (consulting, training, repair, service) in the mechatronics sector