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 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 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, 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 or AAU.