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Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on mechatronics?

  1. Aug 16, 2015 #1
    Hey guys. I'm graduating in mechanical engineering at a university in Brazil. I'm currently on my second semester.
    I've started running after a mechanical engineering degree mostly because I've got a strong interest in the field of aircraft engineering, and my initial plan was to graduate in mechanical engineering and then specialize myself in aerospace engineering.
    But so, I have just started taking classes on computer programmation this month and I quickly developed a huge interest in the area. I've found out that maybe the area of mechatronics will be better suited for me, and yet, I don't find myself secure enough to change course. I really don't know if this is the better idea, and I've been thinking about finishing my degree at mechanics and then get a specialization (like a master's degree) in some field related to mechatronics, where I could use programmation and other stuff that attracts me in this area. Would this be a good idea? What do you guys think?
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  3. Aug 20, 2015 #2
    Job markets tend to be local, so if your question is "will the change help me get a job" you should talk with faculty and engineers more familiar with your local job markets.

    Supply is not meeting demand in most areas of engineering, but it is a good idea to conform local demand before switching areas.
  4. Aug 28, 2015 #3
    Ok, but there are any fields in mechanical engineering where programming skills would be really useful on a daily basis?
  5. Aug 28, 2015 #4
    Most fields that are computationally intensive (numerical modeling) require programming skills on a daily or weekly basis.

    There are also jobs that are test and measurement intensive where some programming is often involved to reconfigure the test system for the current experiments.
  6. Aug 28, 2015 #5


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    I don't see any close connection between computing and mechatronics. Yes, mechatronics uses computation, but it uses a lot more logic, electronic controls, and dynamics, as I see it.
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