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 howit works
  • Are always coming up with ideas of how to create better products
  • Have a creative streak
  • Do well in science subjects
Tom Leijen
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
Masters of Engineering (with Distinction) Mechatronics
Graduated in 2010
Development engineer - TCS-NZ ltd

“I chose to study at Massey University because of its progressive view towards engineering education…”

I was interested in both mechanical and electronic engineering, but the first time I heard about mechatronics (a combination of both) was when I was looking at Massey’s engineering degrees. After some more research I found that a lot of the other universities also offered mechatronics degrees but they seemed like they were trying to push students towards more traditional degrees.

Massey has lecturers from all over the world, which provides a wealth of experience to complement the course syllabus. The projects, labs and summer practicums involved a lot of hands-on work and provided a lot of real-world industry experience which was invaluable for getting ready for the workforce.

One of my best memories was participating in (and winning) the first year robot car competition. What better way to round up a years’ introduction to mechatronics than building and racing a robot? The teamwork and friendly competition throughout the projects during that year were a great way to make friends and get excited about the years ahead.

I am now working for a small-medium company, where I started off developing high-tech electronic products with embedded software for the agricultural industry. The mechanical engineering experience I gained at Massey really helped me with the understanding of systems that integrate mechanical components, such as pumps and actuators, with electronic controllers and sensing devices. In four years I have risen from a technician role to leading a team of five engineers in a multi-disciplinary project involving PCB design, mechanical design, embedded software, managed applications and control algorithm development.

The wide range of engineering disciplines I have been exposed to at Massey, the practicums I had to carry out as part of my course and my job working for a smaller company means that I have a massive amount of options for my career development. It really feels like the world is my oyster.


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
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