An automation engineer comes up with automation ideas and implements them in an industrial plant setting. It is also important to come up with ideas to improve current automation processes. The engineer also troubleshoots the machinery when it is not working well.
One goal of the automation engineer may be to bring production costs down and to improve manufacturing efficiency. This may help to make jobs easier for factory workers or to be able to reduce the workforce and replace them with machinery. Some knowledge of the common automation methods in the field are needed. Problem-solving skills and the ability to work on a variety of projects at once is important. Each problem may need to be solved in a slightly different way, so the automation engineer will have to carry out constant research and analyses. From there, the manufacturing engineer will design sketches, drawings, and blue prints of equipment layout designs. In some jobs, the automation engineer will directly apply the automation equipment, including helping to build it.
Strong computer skills are also needed. It is important to have knowledge of the new technologies available relating to automation in order to be able to apply the best technology to the factory floor. The job may involve working in a noisy factory environment, so the engineer should not be sensitive to loud sounds. Some travel may be required in order to work at different factory sites and to purchase the materials needed for automation implementation. Usually, a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering is needed.
Industrial Automation Engineer Tasks
Increase production productivity by implementing better labor or production processes.
Determine quality and reliability requirements of the product in production.
Determine effective standards of production, staffing requirements and manufacturing methods through statistical and mathematical calculations.