Robotics engineers are specialized mechanical engineers who are responsible for designing and maintaining robots and their electronic systems. They are employed primarily in the manufacturing industry and work in office environments while developing designs and applications.
Robotics engineers generally work traditional business hours, although shifts may vary and extended hours may be necessary depending on the employer. Candidates for the position should have a master’s degree within their field; degrees in robotic engineering are on the rise, but a master’s in mechanical, software, or electrical engineering is also recommended, and accredited degree programs are also available within the field. Some employers may require a Doctorate degree.
Robotics engineers have a variety of responsibilities and will spend a majority of their time researching the latest work in robotics, as it is a rapidly-expanding field. Those with a strong degree of creativity and aptitude for advancing technology are ideal for the job. Those in this position must also have a vast understanding of design, manufacturing, and automated systems, as well as a strong attention to detail, analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to think outside of the box to solve problems; expert communication skills are important, as well. Robotics engineers may work on teams or as sole engineers within their organization.