In recent years, the demand for mechatronics specialists and engineers has vastly increased. Our students here recognised that and approached us about creating a course based on this demand in industry. As a direct response to this, we are creating a mechatronics lab right here in our engineering hall with the Level 3 course running for the first time for the 18-19 academic year and year 12 students.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary subject that includes mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering and systems and control engineering. As technology develops and moves on, the varied and ever changing fields of engineering multiply and adapt.
Mechatronics' aim is a design process that unifies the varied fields and skills required of mechatronics in industry. Initially, mechatronics included the combination of mechanics and electronics, as technical systems have become more complex the definition has been broadened to include other technical areas too. The skills gained on this course are applied in industrial settings such as, car manufacture where skilled personnel and robots work on a production line to engineer components together.
The course consists of eight units delivered and assessed over a two-year period with coursework and exam elements. We are currently one of a small number of educational settings in the North East that delivers this course.
For additional course information, please see here.