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17-2199.05 - Mechatronics Engineers

Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

Sample of reported job titles: Automation Engineer, Automation Specialist, Controls Engineer, Development Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Principal Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, Senior Project Engineer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain technical project files. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement or test design solutions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create mechanical models and tolerance analyses to simulate mechatronic design concepts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct studies to determine the feasibility, costs, or performance benefits of new mechatronic equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Publish engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research, select, or apply sensors, communication technologies, or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing, or electronic communication. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify and select materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply mechatronic or automated solutions to the transfer of materials, components, or finished goods. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Upgrade the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze existing development or manufacturing procedures and suggest improvements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide consultation or training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design, develop, or implement control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop electronic, mechanical, or computerized processes to perform tasks in dangerous situations, such as underwater exploration or extraterrestrial mining. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design mechatronics components for computer-controlled products, such as cameras, video recorders, automobiles, or airplanes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create embedded software design programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or develop automated control systems for environmental applications, such as waste processing, air quality, or water quality systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design self-monitoring mechanical systems, such as gear systems that monitor loading or condition of systems to detect and prevent failures. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor or calibrate automated systems, industrial control systems, or system components to maximize efficiency of production. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines — Computer numerically controlled CNC machining centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Precision positioning tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Function generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Dassault Systemes Dymola; MSC Software Adams; The MathWorks Stateflow; Vector CANalyzer (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Computer assisted software engineering CASE software; Dassault Systemes CATIA software; Mentor Graphics VeSys Design (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Computer-aided manufacturing CAM software; Rapid prototyping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Basic; Vector CANoe; Woodward MotoTron Control Solutions MotoHawk (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — dSPACE * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Filesystem software — Disk file systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; Modelica * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Platform interconnectivity software — Agilent IntuiLink software * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Program testing software — Debuggers See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software — Unified modeling language UML See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial processing systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design environmental control systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop software or computer applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select project materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
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  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 53% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 40% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 17% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 18% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 17% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 27% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 26% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 33% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 23% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 51% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
89   Bachelor's degree
7   Some college, no degree
2   Doctoral degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Computer Science — Computer Hardware Engineering
Engineering — Computer Hardware Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $45.31 hourly, $94,240 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 133,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 29,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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