Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary engineering field integrating mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. Mechatronics engineers are needed whenever we want a piece of technical equipment to perform controlled movements, such as the automatic focus lens in a smartphone camera, the electric motor of an e-bike, or the automated landing gear of an A380 passenger plane.
Mechatronics engineers develop components and systems that create innovative and cost-efficient solutions for products and production processes by combining mechanical, electronics and software engineering technologies in smart ways. They are capable of thinking holistically about a mechatronic system rather than focussing on certain domain-specific elements such as the mechanical system or the software. Their cross-disciplinary knowledge often gives them an edge on mechanical and electrical engineers.
Fundamental theory and practice orientation
In the first few semesters, students in the undergraduate programme in Mechatronics at Ruhr West study basic mathematics and natural sciences; in addition, they acquire the necessary basic knowledge in the engineering disciplines that make up the field of mechatronics: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. Building on that foundation, they go on to take more specialised courses in mechatronics and its subdisciplines. When concentrating on a specific field, such as automation or automotive engineering, they may choose from a wide range of elective courses. Due to their practice-oriented, interdisciplinary training, mechatronics graduates enjoy excellent career prospects in technical development and other areas.
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