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Title: Undergrad Engineering Specialisation
Post by: jonagik on June 15, 2011, 02:38:53 AM
Hi,

I'm doing first year engineering at the moment and need to decide what specialty to go in to. I've shortlisted it to mechanical engineering, mechatronics, or electronic engineering. I'm interested in military robotics (UAVs, etc) but I'm not sure what to do. Mechatronics sounds good in principle however I hear it doesn't cover electronic engineering nor mechanical in enough detail to be useful.

I assume there are a few engineers floating around. Any opinions?

Cheers
Title: Re: Undergrad Engineering Specialisation
Post by: newInRobotics on June 15, 2011, 10:05:36 AM
If You are not sure what to pick, go for Mechatronics - that way You get to taste both with a price of not getting in depth of a subject. When You actually realize what You want, You can pick it up for masters degree.
Title: Re: Undergrad Engineering Specialisation
Post by: Fr0stAngel on June 15, 2011, 06:53:27 PM
i have an undergrad degree in Mechatronics and what most people fail to understand is that Mechatronics is a complete field in itself. It may be a multi-disciplinary field, yet Mechatronics systems are unique and different in any aspect to mechanical or electronic systems.
I suggest that you take a paper and write down your interests/priorities on it...like if you like engines or car designing or robotiics or embedded systems etc...then think which would you prefer...chose the one which you think weighs heavier in your interest....try searching on internet about these fields to get a better understanding of their scope..and good luck  ;)
Title: Re: Undergrad Engineering Specialisation
Post by: Gertlex on June 15, 2011, 10:47:36 PM
My experience was to find an extra curricular in which to learn/improve additional skills.

While I don't know much about mechatronics degrees, I would imagine there's a bit of course overlap with both electrical and mechanical course requirements.  Start off with the shared requirements would be the good approach, I think.

In my case I majored in Nuclear, and then did mechanical type stuff in designing/building/racing a solar car.