As an engineering discipline, Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electronic, control and computer engineering. The key feature is the integration of these areas during the design process.
The Mechatronic Control Engineering (MCE) specialisation covers the fundamental scientific principles and technologies used in the design of modern computer-controlled machines and processes, and it puts special focus on the synergies in the design process.
Today, the technical background necessary for a mechatronic engineer to design an automated machine, component, or process is very different from what it was thirty years ago.
The underlying difference is the availability of embedded computers used to control such machines. Previously, much functionality was placed in mechanics, using complicated linkages and cams to coordinate motion, but today functionality has shifted to electronics controlling small actuators such as car engines that today are packed with electronic control features.
Optimal design of these new multidisciplinary systems requires knowledge of proper mechanical design principles, and embedded computer control hardware and software sensors in order to measure variables of interest and actuation technologies. This study programme gives you this knowledge.
You will explore questions such as:
- How can we design and control wind turbine systems?
- How can we develop and control wave energy systems?
- How can we develop mechatronics and mechatronic systems, e.g. robots and Segways?
- How is it possible to control all types of advanced energy systems?
This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.
In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues within the programme’s field of study that challenge you to use all of your knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will better prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.
Mechatronic Control engineers have a wide range of job opportunities. The knowledge you gain during the study programme qualifies you to work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Your future employer may be Bosch Rexroth, Vestas Wind Solutions, Siemens Wind Power, SerEnergy, Hydac, Danfoss Power Solutions, Maersk Oil, Ørsted (previously DONG Energy) or AAU.
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PROBLEM based learning (PBL)
Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.
When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.
COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.
YOUR TEACHER DOES RESEARCH
At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.
studying in aalborg
As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.
RATED FOR EXELLENCE
Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.