Mechatronics Technician

OFO No: 671203

Other names for Mechatronics Technician:

  • Mechatronics Trades Worker

What is a Mechatronics Technician?

Mechatronics is a new, cutting-edge artisan field. It’s a design-combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and control engineering. It’s extremely high-tech and it’s paving its way to becoming one of the most exciting career paths for would-be engineers.

Mechatronic Engineers design ‘smart’ devices and equipment. For example: Robotics

Mechatronic Technicians assist the Mechatronics Engineers.

Mechatronics is changing the way we see and do things in our daily lives: from transportation to optical telecommunications to biomedical engineering. 

Mechatronics is such a wide field – it can cover areas from the toy industry through to devices made for the elderly and the disabled.  The list is endless.

Mechatronics has been popular in Japan for a very long time.  It’s now taking off in the west and many countries are accepting its potential value.

What does a Mechatronics Technician do?

  • builds prototypes under the watchful eye of the Mechatronic Engineer
  • makes sure electrical/mechanical systems are in good working order
  • finds the route of the  problem and fixes it
  • does routine maintenance and servicing
  • tests new equipment
  • communicates well with the rest of the team
  • uses a variety of high tech computers and equipment
  • installs new equipment
  • keeps records

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • extremely good at mathematics?
  • analytical? (able to think clearly)
  • ambitious?
  • practical?
  • a creative thinker?
  • a hard worker?
  • dedicated?
  • interested in technology?

How do I become a Mechatronics Technician?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechatronics Level – NQF Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Mechatronics (Hydraulics / Pneumatics / Automation) NQF Level 04
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechatronics Level – NQF Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Mechatronics (Sensors & Measurement) – NQF Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechatronics Level – NQF Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Mechatronics (Controls / Automation) – NQF Level 04
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies N1, N2, N3
  • These can be done at many TVET (FET) colleges
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Bricklayer without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY: National Diploma in Engineering (Mechatronics)
  • UNISA: National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Mechatronics)



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Mechatronics Engineer … or … Aircraft Mechanic

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