What is it like to work in Mechatronics?
This is perhaps the most ‘hands-on’ of tech fields, combining engineering fields like robotics, electronics, computer, telecommunications, systems, control, and product engineering. If you were the kid with intense lego structures, woodshop products, or even built a ‘kidnapper trap’ like in Home Alone, this could be your calling.
Just like the human brain fires neurons to send an impulse to our arm to pick up a can of soda, a software code can send a command to a robotic arm to do the same. Everything, from the code written to the network it runs along, to the fuses and joints in the robotic arm and the way these perform together, are the work of mechatronics specialists.
As businesses continue to implement more automation and technology in their industry, the field of mechatronics is in high demand. There are so many different roles you could play: Good with people? As a designer, you might a client to understand the role they need to automate, design a system and build a prototype, then work with engineers to build a real version that programmers will design code to operate. A Systems Operator manages and programs the complete system from a computer console, ensuring all the components work together correctly. If you are good at maintenance, you might maintain and troubleshoot complex systems to repairs or reprogram factory machinery when it breaks. There are so many opportunities to explore… Where will you fit in?
Robotics is a pretty big field…[including] mechanics, electronics, and computer science. You’ll probably find a passion in one of those three fields and find a way to apply it. Working on a project is the best thing you can do for yourself. You can research about the different parts of robotics and learn how to code, but a lot of learning comes from experience: actually doing things, failing, trying again.”
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but some do not. (89% have bachelor’s degree)
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
$47.62 hourly, $99,040 annual
Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)
Daily Work Activities
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
Interacting With Computers
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
** Data and statistics sourced from O-Net Online.
Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Interested in Mechatronics?
In partnership with Pitt’s School of Computing & Information, participants in this program will learn the fundamentals of technology and engineering through the building and application of 11 gadget types through Lego Gadgets. The classes will run for 6 weeks, once week
Student Age: 9-13 years old
Length: Early March, TBD (COURSE CLOSED)
Introduction into the creative world of coding where students build, learn, and program robots. Students can build and rebuild 5 cool multifunctional robot models.
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 8-13 years old
Length: Wednesdays @ 4pm-5:15pm (COURSE CLOSED)