UVU Mechatronics graduates work in a wide variety of engineering related fields. Employment positions may include the following:
- Automation system design in advanced manufacturing
- Life Sciences
- Industrial control networking and automation
- Semiconductor Manufacturing
- Aerospace and Defense
- Information and Computer Technology
As products and systems have become increasingly complex, it has become necessary for technologists to become "multi-craft" technologists. Multi-craft technologists are familiar with all, or most of, the various systems associated with Mechatronics. They are capable of performing traditional responsibilities of technicians, in addition to system specification and design. Typically, incumbent technologists become proficient in mechatronic systems through on-the-job experience or company training. However, most companies see significant value in employees with formal mechatronic engineering training.
Job duties may include construction, fabrication, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, testing and design. You may work with automatic control systems, AC and DC control components, motors, programmable control, microprocessors, computers and robots. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment. Advancement to supervisor and management positions within the field is frequently available.
Mechatronics is new and is not listed with an occupational trend prediction but very similar skill areas are listed. State and national trends predict 25% increase in employment in the state of Utah in this area. Earnings vary by specialty, location, and level of responsibility.
- Beginning income is $20 - $30 + an hour depending on company and industry
Internships provide beneficial pre-professional experience and allow students an opportunity to learn more about a career path they are interested in. Internships look great on resumes and help in developing important networking relationships. There are internships available for Mechatronics students with many local companies that can provide educational opportunities outside of required college courses.
Internships for the Mechatronics program are generally completed during summer semesters when students are not in class. Companies will usually recruit Mechatronics students for internships after their 1st year in the program.