Become a mechatronics engineer | Western Cape Government

Become a mechatronics engineer

2019
(Western Cape Government)

Become a mechatronic engineer

In a time of robotic pets, virtual reality treadmills and ground-breaking medical assistive technology, a career in mechatronics has become an attractive choice. Specialised mechatronic systems require trained specialists to design and maintain them. This exciting new career path is perfect for young people who are interested in finding innovative ways to fix things and new ways to improve systems.

A career in mechatronics

Mechatronics, also known as mechatronic engineering, involves integrating three types of systems to undertake specific sets of tasks:

  • Electronic
  • Computer
  • Mechanical

When combined, these specialised systems need someone with specialised skills to control it. This includes the aviation, software and electronics design engineering industries.

Other careers involving mechatronics include:

  • Automation engineering
  • Mechanical design engineering
  • Data science
  • Instrumentation engineering
  • Software engineering

Nadiya

Nadiyah Mahomed received one of our Masakh’iSizwe bursaries this year.  She’s studying mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and dreams of working in aviation.

“I’ve grown up watching aircraft investigations,” she says.

“It’s very interesting how the mechanical parts fit in, and how the creativity, science and mathematics all fall in”.

She’s one of 127 students who received a Masakh’iSizwe bursary to study in 2019.

High school subjects for mechatronics

It’s important to choose subjects at high school that will enable you to apply to study for your dream career. Good marks in mathematics and physical science are required for mechatronics.

Entrance requirements to study mechanical and mechatronic engineering at UCT are a matric mark of >80% for mathematics, and >75% for physical science. To apply for electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechatronics you need a matric mark of >80% for mathematics and >70% for physical science.

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The content on this page was last updated on 16 May 2019