Robotics Engineers

Research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.

Median Annual Wage: $94,240

Education: Bachelor's degree (65%); Associate's degree (25%); Master's degree (10%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Engineer; Associate Professor of Automation; Automation Engineer; Plant Floor Automation Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Robotics Engineers.

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  • Debug robotics programs.
  • Review or approve designs, calculations, or cost estimates.
  • Install, calibrate, operate, or maintain robots.
  • Supervise, technologists, technicians, or other engineers.
  • Integrate robotics with peripherals, such as welders, controllers, or other equipment.
  • Process or interpret signals or sensor data.
  • Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems.
  • Create back-ups of robot programs or parameters.
  • Make system device lists or event timing charts.
  • Design automated robotic systems to increase production volume or precision in high-throughput operations, such as automated ribonucleic acid (RNA) analysis or sorting, moving, or stacking production materials.
  • Document robotic application development, maintenance, or changes.
  • Plan mobile robot paths and teach path plans to robots.
  • Analyze and evaluate robotic systems or prototypes.
  • Design end-of-arm tooling.
  • Build, configure, and test robots.
  • Design software to control robotic systems for applications, such as military defense or manufacturing.
  • Design robotic systems, such as automatic vehicle control, autonomous vehicles, advanced displays, advanced sensing, robotic platforms, computer vision, or telematics systems.
  • Write algorithms or programming code for ad hoc robotic applications.
  • Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of robotic mechanisms, components, or systems, such as planetary rovers, multiple mobile robots, reconfigurable robots, or man-machine interactions.
  • Conduct research on robotic technology to create new robotic systems or system capabilities.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Robotics Engineers.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Robotics Engineers.

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