Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)

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All things are possible

Will you create the next life-saving device? Or the next iteration of search and rescue robot? Help companies automate their manufacturing processes? All these things are possible if you become a mechatronics engineer.

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What is it like?

Mechatronics engineers are in demand as more and more products and processes are becoming smarter.

What is mechatronics?

Mechatronics deals with integrating mechanical and electronic systems together, including the software to control them. As a mechatronics engineer you will have an understanding of how these come together as you design practical, innovative and intelligent products and processes.

Become a confident, problem-solving employable engineer

This multidisciplinary degree gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to slot into general industry, to design smart products and to automate their manufacture. It balances the need for a broad engineering education with the demand that, when you graduate, you are comfortable with the practical nuts and bolts of engineering. Through intensive courses and challenging design projects, you will become confident and competitive in product innovation, prototype development and all aspects of mechanical and electronic engineering.

Develop exciting projects, while you study

Some examples of projects undertaken by our students include heavy-duty search and rescue robots, assistive robots for stroke rehabilitation, large scale 3D printers, composite electric vehicles, secure RFID chemical-storage systems, humanoid robots and more.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates. Engineering and building-related fields have the largest earnings premiums over the national median of young graduates.


If you do not have the required subjects Massey University offers various engineering preparatory pathways which will bring you up to the necessary standard. Talk to us to find out more.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy solving problems
  • Like working in teams
  • Like the physical process of taking something apart and figuring out how it works
  • Are always coming up with ideas of how to create better products
  • Have a creative streak
  • Do well in science subjects
Ryan Thomas
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)
Graduated in 2010
Analyst - Emirates Team New Zealand

“I was always interested in subjects that are key to engineering, but I hadn’t even written a line of code before I took up engineering at Massey. Only a few years later I was helping Emirates Team New Zealand take back the America’s Cup!…”

"After I finished my bachelor’s degree I decided to stay at Massey and complete a master’s. I worked on really interesting projects like developing a machine to move hospital beds, an automated pollen recognition system, and a robot helper for the elderly.

Once I’d graduated I started work at a company programming and automating machinery for factories. I was given pretty big jobs right from the get-go, and what I learnt at Massey really helped.

Then Team New Zealand found me through my LinkedIn profile. My company had seen the potential in a hardware platform, that just so happened to be the same one that Team New Zealand were thinking of using. I had put it on my LinkedIn profile and they reached out to me from there.

For 18 months my job was to analyse the boat on the water from a chase boat and later work with the team to make technical tweaks from a computational perspective to ensure the boat was performing at its peak.

It was really satisfying. You see a problem, you make a change and then you see whether it works or not straight away. It was a fast-paced environment, solving problems on your feet.

If you like solving problems, engineering is a great career!"


Highly employable and good starting salaries

Engineers are in demand in New Zealand, as there is a lack of qualified engineers in this country. Many Massey graduates are employed before they even graduate.

Worldwide career opportunities

Your Massey Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) is recognised and respected worldwide, opening up job opportunities globally.

A wide range of careers

Mechatronics engineering graduates have a wide range of career options in New Zealand and overseas. They move into industries such as automotive, space, marine, manufacturing, automation and control, horticultural and agricultural-product processing, forestry, medical, health, and many more. 

Positions include areas like:

  • Product, process, and system design engineers
  • Production and operation engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Systems integration engineers
  • Quality and safety engineers
  • Research and development engineers
  • Project supervisors
  • Managers in industries and research institutes

Academic advice

Do you need help choosing your courses, or would you like to speak to an Adviser about your study? We would love to help you so please contact us.

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