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Mechatronics.

Mechatronics is the study of modern technical systems that are assembled out of mechanical, electrical, and electronic components and controlled using software. Examples include modern vehicles, household appliances, and robots. The Mechatronics program at the JKU combines education in mechanics, electronics, and computer sciences which students study as one interdisciplinary subject. This broad, interdisciplinary base-knowledge program allows students to quickly immerse themselves in new subject areas and explore new fields as well as fine-tune current technologies. Graduates can pursue careers in a wide range of industrial fields, such as product development, research, management, administration, and/or consulting.

The Bachelor’s degree program in Mechatronics offered at the JKU provides students with a fundamental education in the fields of mathematics, physics, and engineering as well as the opportunity to specialize in a field of choice. Graduates also acquire a strong skill set to work both independently or as part of a team. The opportunity to specialize is one of the program’s unique features and after graduation, students can acquire a more in-depth academic understanding by either pursuing a Master’s degree in Mechatronics or exploring the opportunity to complete a Master’s degree in a related field at the JKU.

Your Benefits

  • In-depth, base-knowledge education
  • Cutting-edge courses in core disciplines (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science)
  • Countless opportunities to choose electives and specialize according to personal interests
  • Future-oriented and hands-on education

Bachelor's Degree in
Mechatronics

Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration

6 Semesters

ECTS

180 Credits

Language

German

Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects
 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
 

The Mechatronics program offered at the JKU follows grounding principles of:

  • Mastering the fundamentals of science and engineering
  • Providing a broad focus on individual disciplines in the field of mechatronics
  • Demonstrating and reinforcing theoretical content through hands-on exercises, internships, and project work
  • Providing a wide range of opportunities to specialize in the Master’s programs

The program also emphasizes honing the following skills:

  • Analyzing and understanding complex mechatronical systems, including mechanical, electrical, and software-related parts as well as their internal processes
  • Ability to learn about a certain area quickly and consolidate what you have learned
  • Conducting solution-oriented work both independently and as part of a team

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 

Students in the academic degree program in Mechatronics enjoy a broad, solid education and graduates are highly sought after by regional, national, and international companies for professions in product development, research, management, sales, consulting, conducting research, as well as teaching university-level courses or teaching at other research facilities located in Austria or abroad. Graduates can potentially pursue a career in the fields of:

  • Robotics
  • Automation technology
  • Electronics development
  • Engine development
  • Hydraulics systems
  • Magnetic bearings
  • Modern production machinery
  • Steel production
  • Patents
  • etc.

Click here to view graduate profiles.

ADVANCED DEGREES AT THE JKU
 

Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Bachelor’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following areas:

SEMESTER S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Fundamentals in Mathematics and Science x x x      
Mechanics x x x x    
Electrical Engineering and Electronics x x x x x x
Computer Science x x       x
Systems and Control Engineering   x x x x  
Mechanical Engineering     x x    

Specialization Fields

      x x x
Related Subjects         x  
Bachelor's Thesis           x
Autonomous Coursework           x

Specialization

During the program, students can individually specialize in the following areas:

  • Electrical Engineering and Electronics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Systems and Control Technology

Additional Information
 

Revision Programs Before Starting Studies

  • Preparation Courses: These courses have been designed for new students and provide a condensed review of material taught at higher levels schools in order to prepare students for initial university-level lectures. Attendance is optional.
  • Mentoring Program: JKU faculty members meet with newly enrolled students in small groups and provide tips and advice pertaining to studies.

Experience Reports and Profiles

  • Student Experience and Study Abroad Reports
  • Graduate Profiles

Admission Requirements
 

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian “Matura” diploma)
  • Proof of education in "Descriptive Geometry" (at least 4 hours/week). If the applicant did not take “Descriptive Geometry” at the high-school level, he/she will be required to pass a supplementary examination.

Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.

FAQs About the Program

I can't decide which subject in engineering/natural sciences I should study?

You can ask friends or acquaintances who know about - or already hold a degree in - academic programs in engineering/natural sciences. Get different opinions. The JKU also has a Study for a Day program, that also includes mechatronics. The Young Scientists Program can also help you decide what major is right for you. We also encourage you to speak with an academic advisor at the Office of Studies Information and Academic Advising Services. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you in your decision.

What exactly is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is a combination of the terms "mechanics and electronics" and aims to describe the interaction (or, "synergy") of these two disciplines. This is, in fact, not an entirely new subject area but one that pools engineering sciences, focusing substantially on common foundations. The educational concept in Linz does not consciously favor either of these areas. The mechatronic institutes, however, conduct research in various engineering sub-disciplines that can be categorized to conventional subject areas in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

How can I tell if studies in Mechatronics are for me?

Students are as diverse as the field of mechatronics. Most mechatronics engineers are curious individuals who want to get to the bottom of things and use their expertise to design and create something new. Having an interest in base-knowledge engineering and natural sciences is a good start, along with a strong dose of curiosity. Depending on personal inclination and talent, some students move more toward theory and others are drawn more toward a technological or experimental direction. Specialization in sub-disciplines in electrical and mechanical engineering varies by individual and students in the graduate degree program have many elective options to suit their personal interests. Many students choose Mechatronics as their major because there are so many opportunities to specialize later on, once you have the basics and can make more informed decisions.

I really want to know if Mechatronics is a particularly difficult program?

Like any engineering or technical degree program, the Mechatronics program is challenging. However, it's not about memorizing facts and figures but rather understanding the material. Thanks to our outstanding student-to-faculty ratio, we have a strong support systerm and experienced experts will always be there to help. And once you have learned the basics, you can comprehend advanced material quickly and easily. Cramming information from encyclopedias and thick readers is not necessary and does more harm than good. The program is not particularly difficult but does require you to work and practice independently. The personal atmosphere at the Mechatronics departments in Linz - along with additional programs such as our mentoring program - provide you with a strong support system, especially during the first few semesters. Faculty members at the JKU are always ready, willing, and able to answer any of your questions and address any issues.

Do I have to be a math nerd in order to study Mechatronics?

Mathematics is an essential tool when it comes to engineering. Those who did well in math during middle school should not have any problems. But experience has shown that many people start enjoying math once they start university studies because here math is no longer abstract; you apply math to solve specific problems.

What is the difference to studying physics?

From the technical point of view, the degree programs are very similar. Physics focuses more on the fundamental laws of nature, but Mechatronics focuses more precisely on the relevance of the laws of nature in engineering in a scientific capacity. In general, physicists focus on analyzing processes found in nature (as well as engineering); in addition to this analysis, the systematic use of the laws of nature play a role, such as in the development of new devices, mechanisms and instruments. In short, physicists analyze what is already found in nature, engineers create new technical systems based on the laws of physics, existing materials, and manufacturing technologies.

What is the difference between degree programs in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering?

The degree program in Mechatronics gives students a solid foundation in the technical sciences. This concept is not new and has been taught at other universities. However, the Bachelor's degree program in Mechatronics gives students an opportunity to focus on specific technical disciplines, building on what they have learned by undestanding the basics well. Students in the Master's degree program can, if they wish to, specialize in a certain area or focus broadly on various areas. There are more options to customize the program to suit individual interests and career prospects. After graduation, some of our students go on to create chips for mobile devices while others develop machine tools. A degree in Mechatronics can open the door to various areas of technology.

What is the different to pursuing a degree at a university of applied sciences?

Unlike universities, universities of applied sciences focus more on practice-oriented vocational training. This means that universities of applied sciences place more emphasis on mastering tools and methods currently used in industry. In addition, the program is designed so that students have a set curriculum of classes to take, receive set class schedules, and have little or no flexibility in their schedule. Universities not only focus on scientific base-knowledge in technology, but also on how to work scientifically and conduct research so new ground can be broken. You not only learn to apply existing technology, but also how to develop it further. This gives you more flexibility and allows you fully quench your thirst for research.

What does the Mechatronics program at the JKU have that the other universities don't have?

The outstanding student-to-faculty ratio at the JKU and close cooperation to strong industries in Upper Austria give you a unique opportunity to be actively involved in specific industrial projects. You are not just a number at the JKU - JKU faculty members and students who are further along in the program have your back. Early contacts to representatives at industrial companies let you get to know potential future employers before graduation. And just to mention, the Mechatronics program at JKU has an internationally excellent reputation. Also, did you know that the JKU was the first European university to offer an academic degree program focusing solely on Mechatronics? The JKU has retained this pioneering position to this day - and you can also benefit.

Does my Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics at the JKU let me transfer
to other degree programs or to other universities?

Yes. The JKU Mechatronics curriculum focuses strongly on base-knowledge and its broad direction and high qualification levels meet pre-requisites and prepare students well. The degree program offered by the JKU opens doors to pursue careers in business, research and continual education - not only in Austria but internationally as well.

What can I do professionally with a degree in Mechatronics?

Mechatronics engineers develop things like robots, sensors, vehicles, mobile phone chips, diesel engines for cars and electric motors for cardiac pumps or electric vehicles, software, automated machines and manage production plants. The program's scientific basis also gives students the option to perhaps pursue a doctorate degree and go on to work in research and development at industrial companies or at universities. Many graduates (the majority) prove themselves in other occupational fields such as in upper management positions or in technical sales. Students can even apply their scientific-analytical and technical education to work in non-technical sectors.


In general, graduates in Mechatronics are highly sought-after and many students even receive job offers from well-known companies before they graduate.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!