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Mechatronic engineers integrate mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems and advanced controls in order to design and construct products and processes.

They're typically involved with the design of automated and intelligent machines, including artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics, and are employed in areas including research and development, mining, aerospace and defence, or by government and industry groups.

This major provides a broad-based education in the basic principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. A large number of electives cover areas including engineering analysis and design, engineering mechanics, dynamics and automatic control, signals and communication, and electrical hardware and computer software.

Employment opportunities can be found in product developing and manufacturers, the mining industry, aerospace and defence sectors, and government and industry research groups.

Join a growing industry

  • Mechatronic engineers invent, design and create advanced robotic technology to meet the needs of our future world.
  • Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after as the demand for artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics continues to grow globally.
  • You will exit with qualifications that allow you to take advantage of employment opportunities in the aerospace, automotive, robotics, fabrication and processing, mining, shipping and rail sectors. 
  • Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture. These engineers can also be found in challenging consulting roles and within public departments and agencies such as the Department of Defence. 

Hands-on learning

Are you ready for one of the most hands-on mechatronic degrees in Australia? Do you want to learn how to retrieve a submarine from the ocean floor or build an autonomous drone?

Each year you will complete a hands-on, project-based subject as part of a student team. This will involve designing and building a system to solve a mechatronics task. Previous projects include a mini-rescue vehicle, autonomous drones, cars and sailboats, and submarine recovery.


1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mechatronic engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Agricultural systems engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Electronics engineer

Average annual salary range

Software Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Electrical Systems
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics
  • Introduction to Software Engineering

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