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What is Mechatronics Engineering?

Mechatronics is a relatively new branch of engineering, which is a blend of mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and computer technology. The function of mechatronics is to create more adaptable and beneficial products.

The term ‘mechatronics’ was first coined in the 1960s in Japan. It was used to refer to the harmonious blend of mechanical and electrical engineering methods. Over the years though, it has come to refer to the methodology of creating better designs by tweaking not just the mechanical aspects of the design, but also the server controls and the electrical parts of the design.

If you have been thinking about studying engineering abroad and are looking to apply at foreign universities, mechatronics engineering could be the right fit for you.

Why should you study Mechatronics?

As a branch of science, mechatronics gained huge popularity in the 1990s after the advent of computer technology. While it has already become a popular methodology for designing products in the Europe and Japan, other countries such as the US have been a little slow in accepting it. Many countries still follow the old production pipeline where a machine is designed and created by mechanical engineers, and then worked on by software and computer engineers who add the controls and programming software.


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It has now been realised that creating a design in such a fragmented method leads to a less than optimal product. Mechatronics engineers are therefore being called upon to head an integrated production pipeline that delivers high quality products at low cost. A mechatronics engineer should therefore, have a complete understanding of various disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and should be able to keep up with rapidly changing industry demands.

What can you do as a Mechatronics Engineer?

After completing your B. Tech abroad, you would find jobs in some of the most advanced industries. Mechatronic products or “smart” products are common today, and as our society keeps developing technologically, these devices will become even more necessary. As an engineer, you can work in the sales, production, or research departments of companies that produce such devices. Examples of the industries that employ mechatronic engineers from reputed foreign universities include:

  • Robotics
  • Automobile industry
  • Medicine and surgery
  • Agriculture
  • Entertainment industry
  • Biomechanical engineering

Mechatronics has been a part of our lives for a while now, even if we didn’t realise it. How else do you think the wipers on your car’s windshield know when to start working? Sensors, that’s how! Mechatronics has eliminated the need for manual control of many everyday products and created intelligent designs that can function independently.

If you need more help in finding out the best colleges to apply to for your B.Tech abroad in mechatronics, do visit us at ICAS Manipal and learn more about how our International Transfer Programme can help you realise your dreams of a foreign education.

About ICAS:

Established in 1994, the International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education – a premier engineering institution has a mechanism of credit transfer for a smooth transition of a student to a foreign university. The student spends two years in India, where ICAS prepares the students for pursuing a global program and then helps the students transfer to a foreign institution of his choice based on the credits he earns for the remaining two years of his course tenure. Over the years, the institution has collaborated with more than 100 colleges across the globe where ICAS credits are accepted. ICAS as an institution encourages and facilitates mobility of engineering graduates at an international level.

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