In this episode, we’re discussing what mechatronics engineers do. And we’re starting. Right now, Hey, I’m Kunal Katke, and welcome back to the 1% Engineer Show, where we empower young engineers to rise to the top 1% of their careers. So this is you. Make sure you hit the notification bell and subscribe. Check out the description below for links to the 1% engineer kit and access to our Discord server. Go ahead and sign up for a free account on thanks.com.
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He’s the director of operations here at 1% engineer, and he wrote this script. So let’s jump right into the blog, guys. Mechatronic engineers design and maintain machinery with electronic and computer control systems, such as aircraft robots, motor vehicles, cameras, power generators, and mining and chemical plant equipment.
Mechatronics engineering is hugely broad with lots of opportunities to work in different sectors and in different roles and different capacities all across the board. I will go over the seven subfields within mechatronics engineering, but truly all of these subfields are within the realm of systems optimization, particularly for the optimization of automation of industrial or mechanical systems. Mechatronics is the combination of the words mechanical and electronics.
A mechatronics engineer is someone who applies the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing to generate a simpler, safer, or more economical and reliable system. Okay, now that you have an intro, let’s talk about the history of mechatronics engineering. The word mechatronics was first used in Japan in the 1960s, and the field has considerably grown outside of robotics alone. Early on, robot arms were uncoordinated and had no sensory feedback, but as advances were made in programming, sensory technology, and controls, the robotic movements became more coordinated along the way.
Advances in mechatronics began to be used in vending machines, auto-focus cameras, and even door openers. With the advent of information technology in the 1980s, microprocessors were introduced into mechanical systems, improving performance significantly. By the 1990s, advances in computational intelligence were applied to mechatronics in ways that revolutionized the field. The concept of applying the mechatronics approach to design development and fabrication has been popular for several decades in Japan and Europe, but is only slowly gaining ground in the United States.
That’s why so many of you ask about this field because it’s still relatively new. I get more requests for this blog than any other. Right now, machines are traditionally designed by mechanical engineers, and only afterward are control and programming solutions provided by computer and software engineers as familiarity with mechatronics has grown in this country. Designers have come to see this approach as inefficient and are adopting more integrated design methods.
All right, with that simple history, let’s go over the tasks and duties. What do mechatronics engineers actually do in their career? When you begin any engineering career, you start off learning the fundamentals, whatever industry you are in, and you may be doing any of these tasks or duties. A mechatronics engineer may design, develop, maintain, and manage high-technology engineering systems for the automation of individual tasks.
You may apply mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of material components or finished goods or design and assist with the manufacturing of consumer products such as [inaudible] cameras and blog recorders. You may carry out studies into the feasibility, cost, implications, and performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment. You may apply electronic and mechanical processes and computers to tasks where the use of human rights and labor may be dangerous.
For example, underwater exploration, mining, or forestry. All right, it’s a very simple task and duty assembly. Let’s go over those seven subfields within mechatronics engineering and robotics. I get so many questions about robotics. Robotics is an interdisciplinary research area at the interface of computer science and engineering robotics, involving design, construction operation, and the use of robots.
The goal of robotics is to design intelligent machines that can help and assist humans in their day-to-day lives and keep everyone safe. An example of a robot is an industrial robot found in a car manufacturing plant, which is welding parts together. digital control systems. Control is a branch of control theory that uses digital computers to act as system controllers.
Depending on the requirements, a digital control system can take the form of a microcontroller, an S-I-C, or a standard desktop computer, which incorporates several of the individual control modules. This here in Southfield is automation. Automation is the technology by which a process or procedure is performed with minimal human assistance.
Automation, or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment, such as machinery processes and factories, boilers, and heat-treating ovens; switching on telephone networks; steering and stabilizing of ships, aircraft, and other applications. Along with vehicles that include minimal or reduced human intervention, An example of automation is the self-driving in-car machine or computer vision.
Machine vision is the technology and methods used to provide imaging-based inspection and analysis for such applications as automatic inspection process tracing and robot guidance. Machine vision is commonly used in the industry to refer to a wide range of technologies, software and hardware products, integrated systems, actions, methods, and expertise.
Instrumentation: Instrumentation is a collective term for measuring instruments that are used for indicating, measuring, and recording. Physical quantities Instrumentation can refer to devices as simple as direct-reading thermometers or as complex as multisensory components of industrial control systems. Today, introverts can be found in laboratories, refineries, factories, and vehicles, as well as in everyday household use of smoke detectors, thermostats, Devices like this biomechatronic Biomechatronic isn’t an applied interdisciplinary science that aims to integrate biology, mechanics, and electronics.
It also encompasses the fields of robotics and neuroscience. Biomechatronic devices encompass a wide range of applications, from the development of prosthetic limbs to engineering solutions concerning respiration, vision, and the cardiovascular system. Biomechatronic also includes removable gadgets, such as exoskeletons.
Finally, you have avionics, or the electronics systems used on aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft. Avionic systems include communications, navigation, and display and management of multiple systems and the hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to perform individual functions. These can be as simple as a searchlight for a police helicopter or as complicated as a tactical system for an airborne early warning platform.
There is a really cool creator on YouTube called “Every Day.” The Astronaut has some blogs about this and you can see his work. Yeah, you can see his content to get a better understanding of ABM. Oh right. With those subfields covered, let’s talk about the work environment of a mechatronics engineer. Mechatronics engineers work in such areas as robotics, aerospace, medical, and assistive technology, mining, or defense material handling, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, unmanned aerial, and ground vehicles.
And within education, they may work in a laboratory conducting research. They could work for a high-tech company or a large global enterprise at a processing plant within a corporate engineering office. It can also be involved with research in emerging fields like bioengineering, nanotechnology, and robotics. Mechatronics engineers may be required to travel to present at a conference or view a new design or innovative technology, even collaborate with another team, participate in training things like, okay, now let’s talk about the PE, the professional engineering exam.
If mechatronic engineers should achieve that, there’s a big divide between how much programming you have to do within your engineering career and how much design you have to do within your career. That suggests where you should be on the spectrum of whether to not take the PE or take the PE. So, if you do design work or work on the mechanical side of mechatronics, you should probably take the F fundamentals of engineering exam after graduating from university, so that you can be a PE one day and sit for the professional engineering exam.
You are far on the other side of the spectrum, or the electronic side. You may be on the heavier programming signals that control the coding applications of mechatronic systems, and therefore you don’t necessarily design. And you may never know that I actually need that PE behind your name. So, depending on what you want for your career, depending on where your expertise may be, make the right decision for you. even if you are on the programming side.
And you’re more of an alert electrical engineer working within a mechatronics engineer ecosystem or heavily skewed towards the programming side of mechatronics engineering. And you still want to have a managerial career, have the best salary you can get, be in leadership one day, or be some sort of technical division head. Then you should get your PE no matter what, because it helps you stand out. It really does boost your salary a little bit. It shows your ambition, and there are almost no bad things that can come from getting your PE.
So I always say, “Go ahead and do it, guys.” All right. This blog gets so many requests. I hope it helped you. If it did, comment below on what type of industry you want to work in and what type of dream job you want to achieve within mechatronics engineering. So many people tell me, I just want to do the things that Tony Stark can do. What type of engineering is for me? I think it’s mechatronics that they ask about. And it’s basically true.
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