EXPERT LECTURERS: (from left) Ashfaque Chowdhury, Dr Kai Duan, Dr Subhash Sharma, Dr Sanath Alahakoon and Dr Aruna Jayasuriya are excited to offer engineering students a new course in Mechatronic Engineering.
EXPERT LECTURERS: (from left) Ashfaque Chowdhury, Dr Kai Duan, Dr Subhash Sharma, Dr Sanath Alahakoon and Dr Aruna Jayasuriya are excited to offer engineering students a new course in Mechatronic Engineering. Luka Kauzlaric

Merging fields into mechatronics signals new age at CQU

TRANSFORMERS and robots are a step closer to being a part of everyday life, with CQUniversity now offering a course in Mechatronic Engineering at campuses in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.

The study of mechatronics merge the fields of mechanical, electrical, computer and electronic engineering into one vibrant degree, with the new offering expected to gauge large interest.

Dean of Engineering and Technology Professor Euan Lindsay is thrilled to bring the state-of-the-art facilities to the central Queensland region.

"People expect their washing machine to automatically wash their clothes, their car to park itself, the elevators to run efficiently, the ultrasound machine to give clear pictures of the baby," he said.

"All of these only work if you can combine physical systems, computers and electronics."

As intelligent devices are an omnipresent fixture in modern society, CQU students will be empowered with the knowledge to remain competitive in a technological world.

Dr Subhash Sharma, program co-ordinator from the Gladstone Campus said the new offering would ensure the university and its students would remain competitive.

"Everything is becoming automated," he said.

"We offer hands-on experience with the latest control equipment to enhance their skills."