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Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • A prescribed programme of 4 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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 is a multi-disciplinary field of engineering that uses mechanical, electrical, software and control engineering to develop innovative, intelligent systems.

Become a problem solver

A Massey University Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics) equips you with the knowledge and skills you will need in order to practically develop your own mechatronic systems. These skills will help you develop effective solutions to the problems you will face in industry.

The degree strikes a balance between a broad engineering education and practical abilities. Through intensive courses and challenging projects, you will graduate as a confident, competent, and competitive engineer.

Access to workshop equipment

Massey University has a number of fully-equipped workshops, whose tools, e.g. 3-D printers, laser cutters, lathes, and mills, you will learn how to use during the course of your studies.

Taught by world-class experts

Mechatronics staff are personable, welcoming, and approachable. Our open-door policy means you will have ready access to world-class experts on mechatronics, robotics , automation, AI, and materials-based research.


The mechatronics major at Massey University is a practical, multi-disciplinary major that teaches you about mechanics, electronics, software, and control. It emphasises the importance of a coherent and concurrent design process when developing a system.

Develop exciting projects while you study

Over one quarter of the Bachelor of Engineering is project-based. These projects will give you the skills to design, build, and integrate mechanical, electrical, and software systems from the ground up.

You will solve a problem faced by a third-world country which could mean developing a cost-effective water filter for villagers; or creating a product for a New Zealand company such as a mobile robot or smart furniture.

Supporting the practical projects are the academic courses. In these courses, you will learn about mechanics. This could include things like building and breaking a scale bridge, analysing the mechanical properties of materials, programming or designing and building electrical circuits.

You will also learn how to use tools used in industry such as industry-standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools such as SolidWorks and Altium.

Work around the world

The BE (Hons) programme has been accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord. This is an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes.

Signatories are from Australia, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Peru. This means you can practice as an engineer in these countries using your Massey University BE (Hons) qualification.

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:

  • Are interested in robotics and automation
  • Want to work with a wide range of different technologies
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Are creative
  • Want to have an impact on society
Akshaya Kumar
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)
Electronics Research and Development Engineer - Tru-Test Limited

“The mechatronics degree at Massey offered the perfect blend of theory and practical skills with continuous support from lecturers…”

"My lecturers maintained an open door policy and acted as mentors through each project, motivating me to engineer innovatively. With their help, I won the Engineers Without Borders Award in New Zealand, GT Murray award for best presentation for my final year project and went on to publish three academic papers.

During my final year, I was offered multiple jobs through Massey’s great industry connections. After graduating, I started work as an Electronics Research and Development Engineer at Tru-Test Limited. My role has largely comprised of researching and developing new products to meet the ever-changing needs of farmers around the world. I do this via designing electric fence energisers by creating printed circuit boards and verifying designs using simulations. My work brings me great satisfaction as I know that somewhere around the world, a customer is opening a product that I have worked on and it is going to make a positive difference to their daily life.

As I progress through my career, I want to shift my focus towards automated systems. As the industry progresses towards the inclusion of artificial intelligence and automated robots, I want to make sure I am right there in the middle of it, leading the way for the future. With the exposure and opportunities provided by Massey University, I know it’s all possible."


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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