Education in mechatronics is a relatively new discipline in engineering education, as is mechatronics itself. At the first developmental stages about 30-35 years ago, the content of courses and programs in mechatronics formed spontaneously and were primarily based on the developer's professional experience. As a rule, mechatronics courses were initiated independently by professors in mechanical or electrical and computer engineering departments. In the case of the former, this was generally through the inclusion of courses on microprocessors and control within a primarily mechanical engineering programme while in the latter, the primary emphasis tended to be on the electrical and electronic components of mechatronic systems. This divergence of approach is consistent with the evolutionary structure of mechatronics shown in Figure 12.1. © 2010 Springer-Verlag London.