Mechatronics includes mechanics, pneumatics, electronically controlled systems, programming, robotics, systems integration and development. It is the job of the mechatronics technician to combine these areas to design, build, maintain, and repair automated equipment, and programme equipment control systems.

As well as factory assembly lines, mechatronics is used in everything from bottling machines to cash dispensers and automated production lines.

This is normally a practical competition, for a team of 2, however, given the current social distancing rules the current competition cycle will run as an individual competition. This will test your understanding of logic circuits, design and fault finding skills in a challenging environment. To complete the tasks competitors are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge of fundamental principles of automation, pneumatic, electro-pneumatic, sensor and PLC technologies.

The skills that are tested in the practical competition include:

  • Designing, building and testing pneumatic, electro-pneumatic circuits and PLC programmes for sequential and non-sequential tasks; system building and process optimisation
  • Mechanically assembling a given set of components and sub-systems to a specification
  • Electro-pneumatic circuit simulation
  • Adding new functionality and operations to a given application.
  • System integration of multiple modular production systems and optimisation
  • General Impression and function.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Analytical skills

  • Problem solving

  • Time management

  • Critical thinking

  • Decision making

  • Logical

  • Technical skills

  • Judgement

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition (2021 cycle only)
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the documents within the useful information section). This is a practical competition that will test your logic, design and fault finding skills in a challenging environment. National qualifiers will be held using an online platform, however, national qualifiers will be conducted in an online format.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register before 14 May

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or work place, or, take part in an online competition

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2022 for the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 cycle

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