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Robotics engineer

Robotics engineers design and build machines to do automated jobs in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and medicine.

Potential salary

£27,500 to £55,500

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • maths knowledge
  • design skills and knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your exact duties will depend on what part of a project you work on but may include:

  • understanding what customers want to automate
  • designing processes and parts using computer aided design
  • building and testing prototypes
  • analysing data from robot sensors and cameras
  • finding and fixing faults
  • researching news ways to use robots and artificial intelligence
  • demonstrating finished products to customers

You could become a lead engineer, with overall responsibility for managing a project.

You could also specialise in a particular area of robotics, for example self-driving vehicles, space exploration, surgical instruments or deep ocean research.

You can discover more about careers in engineering and robotics from The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the UK-RAS Network.

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