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Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

The Job

Electromechanical engineering is also known as mechatronics. This type of engineering is the "synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacturing of industrial products and processes," as defined by the journal IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

Electromechanical engineering technologists assist engineers in the research, design, and development of eletromechanical equipment or systems. According to the IEEE/ASME journal, the general categories for mechatronics, or electromechanical engineering are: 

  • Actuators and Sensors
  • Automotive Systems
  • Intelligent Control
  • Manufacturing
  • Micro Devices and Opto-electronic Systems
  • Modeling and Design
  • Motion Control
  • Robotics
  • System Integration
  • Vibration and Noise Control

Electromechanical engineering technologists apply their practical knowledge of engineering science and technology in their work. They ensure that electromechanical equipment and systems meet design specifications by consulting with precision machinists and technicians. Technologists are also responsible for analyzing the engineering designs of circuit boards, electronic equipment, motor controls, and instrumentation, as well as digital data acquisition for use in new or existing electromechanical systems.

Mechanical, electrical, and computer components comprise electromechanical systems, and electronic components, actuators, sensors, and digital controls comprise the physical systems. There may be sub-components of products, such as a car's anti-lock brake system, or a whole product like a smart thermostat.

Other tasks for electromechanical engineering technologists include assembling or fabricating electrical, mechanical, or electronic components. They also monitor work processes and materials, gather and analyze information, and identify and troubleshoot problems. Technologists work in a team and share information with others on a daily basis, in person, by telephone, and via e-mail. They use software programs to analyze data, review layouts and spreadsheets, create reports, and communicate with team members and other personnel. The job requires knowledge of analytical or scientific software, computer-aided design software, graphics imaging software, and spreadsheet software.

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