Mechatronics Engineering (simply called Mechatronics) is a relatively new engineering field. It is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering fields for the control of complex (hybrid) system. A study of this course affords you the ability to deal with large robotics and electromechanical systems. In fact, a mechatronics is a generalized engineer. With advancement in artificial intelligence and automation, Mechatronics Engineering seems to be the future of engineering.
What are the prospects of this discipline? As a specialist in this field, you are literally a “Jack of all trades and master of all”. You will be able to work in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Telecommunications, Aeronautics and Cyber Security. Being a relatively new field, there are not likely to be many competitors so, your chances of getting employed are higher.
In Nigeria, you can study this course at degree, National Diploma (ND) and National Innovative Diploma (NID) levels. At the first degree level, there are twenty two universities that offer the course (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) offers the course as Mechatronics and System Engineering). These universities requires you to have a minimum of five ordinary level credits in English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other science subject. You also need to score above 200 marks in the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) in order to be qualified for admission.
If your score in UTME is less than 200, it is better to study the course at the ND level. There are eleven polytechnics that offer the course as Mechatronics Engineering Technology. Interestingly, all these polytechnics are government-owned. You may also choose the NID pathway. If this is your choose, it is pertinent to note that there are only one Innovative Enterprise Institution (IEI) offering the course in Nigeria.
If you are engineering-inclined, this program at degree, ND or NID level will boost your chances of employment.
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