Mechatronics/Robotics: Career prospects for graduates

Robots are perfect machines – and we are only at the beginning of a technical development that will play a decisive role in defining the future. The seamless integration of the traditional engineering disciplines of mechanical engineering, electronics, and computer science makes it possible to create new products with enhanced functionality and abilities that were unfeasible until now. This is what makes mechatronics and robotics such a fascinating, but also challenging field. Graduates of the Mechatronics/Robotics degree program therefore have excellent career prospects.

What industries and sectors employ graduates?

  • Plant construction, industrial robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Computer science
  • Automotive engineering
  • Aviation
  • Energy technology

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Project planning for robotics systems (e.g. in industry or services), either as manufacturer or subsequent user
  • Product management in the production industry (e.g. producers of robotics systems, manufacturers of components for robotics systems, manufacturers of mechatronics systems)
  • Lifecycle management in industrial automation and plant construction
  • In configuration, planning engineering, servicing, and maintenance for companies that operate systems with mechatronic components or robotics systems
  • Research and development (e.g. autonomous vehicles, humanoid robots, service robotics)
  • Process developers at companies in the mechatronics industry in the public and private sector
  • In energy or environment technology, where they can make an important contribution to environmental protection
  • In occupational and plant safety at technical facilities and plants
  • Sales, distribution, and marketing at companies in the robotics industry or for manufacturers of mechatronic systems or components

What are some of their typical tasks and activities? 

  • Research and development
    • Preparing specifications based on customer requirements analyses
    • Developing products and systems (design, hardware, software)
    • Quality assurance
    • Testing components, modules, and integration, feasibility testing
    • Optimizing components and systems
    • System documentation
    • Developing prototypes
    • Developing and coordinating tenders (funding bodies)
    • Innovation management, product lifecycle management
    • Heading development groups and departments
  • Process development
    • Planning, designing, and managing processes

    • Planning and preparing for production

    • Statistical experiment planning, inspection planning

    • Ramp-up management of prototypes up to product release/series production

  • ​​Manufacturing
    • Production planning and design (in particular regarding the degree of automation)
    • Quality assurance

    • Repair and maintenance 

  • Project management
  • Sales, distribution, and marketing
  • Customer service