Mechatronics Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Mechatronics engineers design and develop smart products and processes. They use principles of mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering, and computer science to create solutions and systems that are effective and viable.

The Mechatronics Engineering major covers engineering fundamentals as well as human-centred design and systems thinking. You develop professional skills in several engineering disciplines, including complex technical, business and project management techniques.

Key features

  • Learn to apply engineering and science fundamentals to practical solutions
  • Covers professional skills in several engineering disciplines

Career opportunities

  • Design of smart products
  • Process and service design
  • Systems integration
  • Design of medical and sports devices
  • Design of mechanical or electronics products
  • Software engineering
  • Embedded systems engineering
  • Project engineer
  • Design team leader
  • Project management


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (points for the entire degree).  In each year you will study and complete core (compulsory) papers within your major and if elected, your selected minor.

In addition to successfully completing all papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement before graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.

Year 1
Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year. These papers cover mathematics and computational techniques, as well as the communication and teamwork skills that are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)
ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2

This year introduces you to microcontrollers, solid mechanics, electronics, engineering management and mechatronics design. You also further your engineering mathematics skills.

CORE PAPERS (offered from 2017)
Level 6:
ENEL600 Electronics (15 points)
ENEL608 Introduction to Microcontrollers (15 points)
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENME606 Mechatronics Design (15 points)
ENME609 Solid Mechanics I (15 points)

SELECT a further 30 points from any minor offered in AUT with the approval of the programme leader. See the list of additional majors, minors and electives offered by the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies or the list of additional majors and minors offered by other faculties.

Year 3 papers
You learn about embedded digital systems, fluids and thermodynamics, instrumentation and control and software construction. You also take part in a software team project.

CORE PAPERS (offered from 2018)
Level 6:
ENSE600 Software Construction (15 points)
ENSE601 Software Team Project (15 points)

Level 7:
ENEL702 Instrumentation and Control (15 points)
ENEL712 Embedded Digital Systems (15 points)
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)
ENME711 Fluids and Thermodynamics (15 points)

SELECT a further 30 points from the approved minor subject.

Year 4
In the final year you grow your understanding of the engineering industry, robotics and automation, advanced control systems and user interface design.

Workplace experience
Your individual industry project in Year 4 is your opportunity to gain real-life industrial experience in an engineering environment, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. You also need to complete 800 hours of planned supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your papers.

CORE PAPERS (offered from 2019)
Level 7:
ENGE701 Engineering Management III (15 points)

Level 8:
ENEL809 Advanced Control Systems (15 points)
ENME800 Robotics and Automation (15 points)
ENME802 Computer Aided Engineering and Analysis (15 points)
ENME895 Industrial Project (30 points)
ENSE805 User Interface Design (15 points)
ENSE810 Embedded Software Engineering (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 28-Aug-2017 8.48am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.