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Mechatronic Control Engineering

Mechatronic Control Engineering

Mechatronic Control Engineering

As an engineering discipline, Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electronic, control and computer engineering. The key factor 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 that of 30 years ago.

The underlying difference is the availability of embedded computers used to control such machines. Where much functionality earlier on was placed in mechanics, using complicated linkages and cams to coordinate motion, today functionality has shifted to electronics, controlling small actuators, e.g. a car engine, which today is packed with electronic control features.

Optimal design of these new multi-disciplinary systems not only requires from the mechatronic engineer that he or she needs to have knowledge of proper mechanical design principles, but also embedded computer control hardware and software sensors in order to measure variables of interests and actuation technologies.

You will study topics like:

  • 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?



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.


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 succesful 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.


Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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