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Mechatronics Engineers
SOC Code: 17-2199.05

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

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Dassault Systemes Dymola; MSC Software Adams; The MathWorks MATLAB ; Vector CANalyzer (see all 9 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Computer assisted software engineering CASE software; Dassault Systemes CATIA ; PTC Creo Parametric (see all 6 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software - Rapid prototyping software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Structured query language SQL
  • Development environment software - Microsoft Visual Basic ; National Instruments LabVIEW ; Vector CANoe; Woodward MotoTron Control Solutions MotoHawk (see all 9 examples)
  • Document management software - dSPACE
  • Filesystem software - Disk file systems
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Microsoft Visio
  • Industrial control software - Wonderware InTouch HMI
  • Object or component oriented development software - C++ ; Modelica
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Platform interconnectivity software - Keysight Intuilink Connectivity Software
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Program testing software - Debuggers
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software - Unified modeling language UML
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

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

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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • 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).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • 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).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Work Context

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

Education

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

Work Styles

  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • 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.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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.
  • 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.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $46.75 hourly, $97,250 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 133,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 9,500

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