EASYUNI Ultimate University Guide 2013 Issue 6 - Page 17

CO U R S E S & C A REERS Skills and Traits Needed A mechatronic engineer must have great interest in mechanics and electronics and needs a creative imagination, as well as problem-solving skills, practical and technical skills and a meticulous and organized approach towards work. Curiosity is also an important trait–the desire to know how and why things work. A good mechatronic engineer needs to be flexible. The field is very wide, so you can find yourself in different jobs throughout your career. Even within a job, the situation can change and you need to be able to move forward without getting too bent out of shape. Qualifications and Training Required Engineers are considered bad communicators, so great communication and interpersonal skills will help you stand out from the crowd. You have to be organised or learn how to, as you might be handling different issues at the same time. Good mechatronic engineers also need mathematical skills. You have to be able to recognise a problem and not hesitate to solve it. Every mechatronic engineer has to go through formal training. The process normally starts with an associate degree programme. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) is a two-year undergraduate degree programme which covers topics like industrial electronics systems, mechanical systems and pneumatics. Working Conditions Typically, mechatronic engineers work in laboratories, workshops and processing plants. Many college graduates may venture into their own businesses. The work of a mechatronic engineer is usually divided into administrative and organisational tasks, and design and development work. The demand for mechatronic engineers is great within enterprises such as government, aerospace and consumer products industries. They may work normal hours daily, but depending on