Mechatronics combines technical skills from the computer, electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines to develop well-rounded, multi-skilled technicians who can design, install, program, integrate, service and troubleshoot mechatronic components and systems.
Mechatronics has been identified as one of the ten emerging technologies that will change the world. The U.S. Department of Labor has listed mechatronics as a new and emerging green jobs growth area that also has been identified as one of the in-demand industry clusters. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for mechatronics is green and bright through 2018 with an annual salary around $50,000.
There is no mechatronics industry sector; rather, it is an enabling approach to technology that is increasingly applied in a number of economic sectors including alternative/renewable energy and a variety of green jobs; biotechnology, telecommunications and information services; mining and related support services; petroleum refining; agriculture, forestry and food; and aerospace, homeland security and defense.
Here are some of the classes you'll take for this degree: