Curtin Mechatronic Engineering programme at Curtin Malaysia tailored to meet industry demands

Miri – 26 February 2024 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has introduced Curtin University’s four-year Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Honours) programme designed to address the evolving needs of today’s industries.

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary engineering field that combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science to design, build and operate smart machines. Mechatronic systems can be found in most industrial machines, many domestic appliances, as well as in intelligent machines such as robots and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Mechatronic engineers work at the interface of mechanical devices and electronic control systems. Rapid advances in automation applications such as robotics and autonomous systems are driving an increased need for mechatronic engineers.

The programme’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary curriculum offers a sound theoretical core in the key disciplines of mechanics, electronics and computer systems, as well as a strong practical emphasis in project and problem-based learning units which give a real-world focus to theoretical concepts.

Another key highlight of the programme is its industry-relevant and practical projects aligned with real-world industrial scenarios. Students engage in hands-on projects, ensuring that they graduate with practical experience, equipped with the skills needed in today’s competitive job market and ready to apply their knowledge in dynamic work environments. Project work is undertaken from the second year onwards, culminating in a major design or research project in the final year of study.

Curtin Malaysia has forged strategic partnerships with leading industry players, providing students with exposure to the latest technologies and industry trends. This collaboration also extends to internships, facilitating a smoother transition from academia to the professional sphere. Furthermore, as part of the globally renowned Curtin University, students earn a degree that is recognised internationally, opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities worldwide.

Students in the programme have access to state-of-the-art facilities, modern laboratories and facilities equipped with the latest technology, providing a conducive environment for practical learning and innovation. In addition to technical expertise, the programme integrates professional development modules, equipping students with essential communication, project management, and teamwork skills vital for success in the workplace.

Associate Professor Mohan Moola Reddy, Head of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics  Engineering at Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, expressed enthusiasm about the programme, stating, “Our goal is to produce engineers who not only understand the intricacies of mechatronics but also possess the adaptability and creativity to thrive in an ever-changing industrial landscape.”

He said that the programme places a strong emphasis on innovation where students are encouraged to think creatively, problem-solve independently, and develop solutions that contribute to advancements in the field. They are taught by experienced faculty who are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of mechatronic engineers.

Furthermore, students have opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research projects led by researchers at Curtin Malaysia, contributing to advancements in mechatronic engineering and gaining valuable insights into the industry’s future.

Meanwhile, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Professor Tuong-Thuy Vu, is confident that the programme will play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between Curtin Malaysia and industry both in Malaysia and internationally, producing quality graduates poised to drive innovation and excel in diverse professional settings.

“Graduates of the programme can look forward to lucrative careers in a wide variety of roles, including mechatronic engineers, mechanical engineers, automation engineers, computer systems engineers, and data scientists, to name a few,” he remarked.

Curtin University Malaysia is the largest international campus of Curtin University, a global university with a strong commitment to international engagement, industry connectivity, and innovative teaching and research. The Malaysia campus offers a range of pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, providing students with a high-quality education and a truly global perspective.

Annual intakes for the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Honours)  are in February and July. The intake for the July 2024 intake is now open and those interested to join can visit for more details.

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The programme’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary curriculum integrates mechanical engineering principles with electronics, software development, and control systems