Mechatronics engineers are involved in the development of automated systems that use techniques from different disciplines: mechanics, electronics, computer science and automatic controls. They are involved throughout the life cycle of industrial products: research and development, preliminary design, development, industrialization, operation.
Mechatronics is present in all sectors of industry: transport, consumer goods, capital goods… Robots, autonomous vehicles, active suspensions, etc. are examples of products resulting from mechatronic product development.
INSA Strasbourg was the first higher education institution in France to award diplomas in mechatronics (1994).
The aim is to train engineers capable of finding innovative solutions, of leading a multi-disciplinary team and being involved at every level of an integrated production system. They will be able to analyze problems in different fields, propose a complete architecture of the systems developed and produce the related prototypes.
They will have solid basic grounding in mechanics in mechanical and electrical engineering (scientific and technological skills), as well as in foreign languages and management. During their training, students join the mechanical engineering students for mechanics, construction and mechanical product manufacturing classes. They take part alongside electrical engineering students in digital and analog electronics, automatic controls, signal processing and electrotechnics classes. They also receive specific teaching on projects, robotics, modeling and mechatronic system design.
In Year 2 students design and make small robots (mechanics, electronics and programming). In Years 3 to 5, they work in groups to develop larger scale projects (drones, self-balancing personal transporters, electric vehicles, etc.). Projects enable them to apply skills connected to the knowledge acquired through the scientific and technical teaching, but also project management and team working techniques.
The drone project is an example of an interdisciplinary project. Since 2002 this project has brought together students from the mechatronics and electrical engineering specializations, and when needed, mechanical engineers, surveying engineers, and others.
The mechanical engineering platform makes advanced industrial equipment available to the students (design and simulation software, machine tools, manufacturing and machining robots, circuit board manufacturing machines, 3D printers, etc.). Students are also able to use the school’s other resources such as the electrical engineering platform and the materials science resource center.
This specialization can be taken as a sandwich course.
Internships and final course project
- At the end of Year 1: a mandatory “discovery” placement in a company (4 weeks minimum)
- At the end of Years 3 and 4: a mandatory “application” placement in a company (4 weeks minimum)
- During semester 9: a technological research project (PRT)
- In year 5, the final course project (PFE) is an in-depth study intended to make an original contribution to the development of techniques in mechatronics-related fields
During the final year of the engineering course, the students can gain an insight into the research world by preparing a simultaneous research master’s (IRIV master’s: imaging, robotics and biomedical engineering). They have the possibility of completing internships in different laboratories, ICube in particular, with the automatic controls-vision-robotics team, on subjects relating to medical robotics.
Double degrees exist with institutions in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Graduates find work in sectors including transport (aeronautics, automotive, railways), robotics, energy, medical, home automation, etc. They can occupy positions in research and development, project management, design, service and automation.
Pierre Renaud, specialization coordinator
03 88 14 48 51
Odile Wolff, secretary of the mechanical engineering department
03 88 14 47 06