If working on high-tech batteries like the units pictured above or developing complex hybrid powertrains is your cup of tea, then boy are you a lucky one. As countless automakers turn their attention towards a future filled with electric and hybrid vehicles, the demand for mechatronics engineers will only continue to grow.

A mechatronics engineer is akin to a jack-of-all trades. No longer are automakers searching for electrical engineers and separate mechanical engineers, they want someone who does it all. Wikipedia defines mechatronics as:
the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, computer engineering, control engineering and systems design engineering to create, design and manufacture useful products.
According to Robert Last, vice president-communications at FEV Inc., the demand for mechatronics engineers is so high that, "Internally, organizations are trying to protect that talent as much as they can." Ward's Auto suggests that the fight over these highly-qualified individuals is like a game of tug-of-war. Industry experts predict that automakers and suppliers across the board will look to increase their amount of mechatronics engineers. For example, Magna Powertrain Inc. hopes that mechatronics engineers will account for 35 percent of its total employees, ASAP. Even Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk had something to say, adding that the shortage of engineers is "no surprise" considering that electric vehicles are "the biggest change in the car business since the production line."

So, if you've got the skills and desire to work in this fast-moving field, it looks like automakers are just about willing to duke it out to get you. Employers fighting over employees – that's something we haven't heard in a while.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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