From 1976 to 1977 he was a chief engineer concerned with assemblying of thermal power plants in Kosovo and Macedonia. From 1977 to 1984 he was an assistant at FSB. In 1980-81 he specialized in robotics at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1984 he has been working in Austria, first as a special machinery designer at Philips-Videowerk, followed by affiliation to the Viennese Technical University, Product Engineering Institute. As an outstanding scientist for his scientific results he received an honorary Austrian citizenship. In the area of robotics and manufacturing technique a venia docendi was conferred on him in 1991 by the Viennese Technical University.
Professor Katalinic is a member of the Danubian Rectors Conference Standing Committee, as well as the initiator and founder of the Engineering Sciences Board and coordinator of the cooperation between the Central European Engineering Faculties.