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Future of Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering

Our robotic reality

A Mechatronics Engineer uses skills in both electronic and mechanical engineering alongside Software Engineers and other specialists to create machines capable of performing complex tasks. When you think of a future where drones deliver your pizza by air and cars drive themselves you’re imagining the work of Mechatronics Engineering.

Mechatronics Engineers are interested in:

  • Mechanics and robotics
  • Computerised systems and automation
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Mimicking natural systems.

In the future, Mechantronics Engineers will:

  • Design and build robots that help humans in all areas of life
  • Provide Australia’s workforce with more free time due to increased automation of tasks
  • Help keep our cities clean with small, autonomous waste management machines.

As a Mechatronics Engineer you will develop the systems that usher in a new age of humanity. Dreams of the future become possibilities of the now when engineers take ideas from science fiction to science fact.

Nano-Engineering

It’s the little things that count

A nanometre is one billionth of a metre and Nano-Engineers design and build on this incredibly small scale. They work in many fields and as tools for their discipline become more refined their reach will become even wider.

Nano-Engineering deals with creating technology for:

  • Advanced microscopy and imaging techniques that help scientists gain a better understanding of biology, chemistry and physics
  • DNA synthesis
  • The creation of advanced materials
  • Increased energy efficiency for heating and cooling systems, batteries and more.

In the future, nanotechnology could:

  • Be the basis for advanced medicine and treatments
  • Allow for the creation of complex hardware for advanced mechatronics applications.
  • Go even smaller! The principles of working at the nano scale will be applied to working at pico (atomic) and femto (subatomic) scales.

As a Nano-Engineer you will create solutions that won’t be seen but will be valued by the industries you choose to work in. With nano-tech, we take incredibly small steps towards a boundless future.

Software Engineering

The mind of the machine

Software Engineers connect two areas of practice that are crucial for technological advancement: engineering and computer programming. By utilising the principles of an engineer with coding skills, Software Engineers gain a deep theoretical knowledge of computer systems that enables them to learn current tools and practices with ease.

Software Engineers are responsible for:

  • The creation of complex computer programs that make modern life convenient and connected
  • The design and implementation of firmware for everything from mobile phones and cash registers to the computers in cars and aeroplanes
  • Pushing the boundaries of computation and driving hardware demands that lead to increased capability and productivity for computer users.

The future of software includes:

  • Programs that use historical data and real-time climatic analysis to more accurately predict weather patterns
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that will help people find information, complete tasks and even solve complex problems that humans cannot
  • The creation of intricate virtual environments where people won’t only play games but will also work, research and more.

As a Software Engineer you will do more than code, you will create the systems that define the future of communication, industry and entertainment.

Space Engineering

Build beyond the sky

Space Engineering requires the skills of many different types of engineers. That’s because the machines built for outer space – satellites, space stations, shuttles and rockets – need fuel, special materials, and more.

Space Engineering facts:

  • There are many differences between earth and space to consider such as: extreme temperatures, radiation, microgravity and the vacuum of space.
  • Astronauts don’t just rely on engineers, they often are engineers!
  • Satellites used for communication, media and defence are products of Space Engineering.

A star-bright future for Space Engineers:

  • Companies such as Space X are privatising the ‘space industry’ and hope to get humans to Mars by 2020.
  • Fabricating tools in space will allow for machines to be built that could never be built elsewhere due to gravity.
  • Imaging will be further refined, allowing us to see deeper into space.
  • Tools used in space for research will provide insights into the nature of the universe.

As a Space Engineer you will help explore our solar system and beyond, launch equipment for new services and technology and study our planet in new ways. The future is as vast as outer space for those who choose to work in Space Engineering.

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