Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of engineering, machining, information technology, robotics, and electronics. It synergizes these diverse fields for the purpose of designing and field testing new and more efficient machine solutions to keep production lines and manufacturing floors working more smoothly. It began as a way to integrate pieces of machinery such as hydraulics, pneumatics, and other mechanical systems with computerized control systems.
The field has blossomed into a thriving part of the manufacturing industry with recent innovations such as responsive AI and improved UX design. A typical day for a mechatronics technologist may include checking designs for robotic solutions, helping install new systems, troubleshooting malfunctioning electronics, and maintaining equipment vital to mechanical production.