A junior automation engineer usually works in the manufacturing industry and helps to create machines that will automate production processes. The engineer will also modify technologies that already exist. The junior engineer will write and program logic that will ensure coordination between the automation and the code. The programs should be able to accurately measure items and to control the various components with ease.
Strong knowledge of programmable logic controllers is essential. It is also important to be familiar with AutoCAD and with software that creates electrical and wiring schemes. A junior engineer will often work under the direction of a senior automation engineer. The position often involves working on a team. The automation processes that are created should be planned out, created, and tested for accuracy. The machines should be able to create results that are able to consistently pass thresholds of quality control. The engineer may also have to create the controls and the human machine interface that will be used during the production process.
Strong problem solving skills are necessary, in order to be able to troubleshoot software and various workings of the machinery. It is important to keep up to date with the developments in the field, in order to have knowledge of the latest technology that may be able to be applied. Some of the work will be done independently, so it is important to meet deadlines. However, teamwork skills are also essential in order to coordinate tasks well. At least a bachelor’s degree in engineering is usually required for this position, and employers often prefer candidates with a master’s degree in a related field.
Junior Automation Engineer Tasks
Interpret, understand, and document manual test cases and their steps.
Document existing processes and steps, including gaps and problems.
Develop automated test cases, scripts, and reports and evaluate their outcomes.