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Mechatronic Engineering

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science

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?

This specialisation begins with the study of design principles, mechatronic systems, theory, communication skills and ethics. Your studies will incorporate the dynamics and materials of mechanical engineering along with electrical elements such as circuit design.

You'll explore concepts and practical applications in areas including artificial intelligence, signal and systems theory, and control theory. This knowledge will also be integrated with computer science as you learn how mechanical and electrical components work together.

Each year you'll 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. You'll also complete a robotics project in your third year of study.

Depending on the major you choose, employment opportunities can be found in product development and manufacturing, mining, aerospace and defence, transport, and government and industry research groups.

Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after for roles involving artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics. Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture.

Tailor your specialisation in mechatronic engineering with majors or minors that meet your interests and career goals. Mechatronic engineering offers these options:




1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

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

Design 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
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Electromagnetism and Electromechanics
  • Machine Element Design
  • Circuits, Signals and Systems
  • Robotics and Automation

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