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"What is a mechatronics engineer?" and "What core subjects should a mechatronics curriculum include?" are among the topics discussed in this interesting audio interview.
Mechatronics engineering and education is the subject of an interesting audio interview that Control Engineering conducted recently with Tony Lennon, an industry marketing manager at The MathWorks who specializes in industrial automation. In the podcast, Lennon touches on the following topics:
- Who companies are hiring (most don't hire "mechatronics engineers" - they hire controls engineers).
- The evolution of mechatronics design tools (they appear to be evolving similar to what happened with CAD - from clumsy 2-D packages to mature, user-friendly 3-D systems).
- The steps to mechatronic design, and where the state-of-the-art of mechatronics design is going.
- What a mechatronics engineer has to understand (controls, dynamics and the math behind how the system works).
- The core subjects of a mechatronics curriculum.
- Current trends (more companies are looking to combine mechanical simulation with controls simulation).
You can hear the complete podcast (about 30 min.) by clicking on the image below:
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