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Working As A Robotics Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $91,937

    Average Salary

What Does A Robotics Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Robotics Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Robotics Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

7.5%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

23.5%

Japanese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Spanish

11.8%

Polish

11.8%

Burmese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Thai

5.9%

Korean

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Robotics Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

7.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.8%

Ohio State University

5.9%

Lake Superior State University

5.9%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.9%

Clemson University

5.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Bradley University

3.9%

University of Toledo

3.9%

University of California - Berkeley

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Hamilton Technical College

3.9%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.8%

Electrical Engineering

15.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

9.9%

Computer Science

6.6%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Engineering

6.0%

Business

5.3%

Industrial Technology

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Aerospace Engineering

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Management

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Biomedical Engineering

1.3%

Drafting And Design

1.3%

Aviation

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Materials Sciences

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

27.7%

Other

14.7%

Associate

7.9%

Doctorate

5.1%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Robotics Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Robotics Engineer Near Earth Autonomy Seattle, WA Jan 07, 2016 $120,000
Senior Robotics Engineer Irobot Corporation Pasadena, CA Jun 12, 2016 $116,097
Robotics Engineer Berkshire Grey Inc. Waltham, MA Mar 22, 2016 $115,000
Senior Robotics Navigation Engineer Irobot Corporation Pasadena, CA Oct 02, 2014 $113,984
Robotics Engineer-Research & Development Freedom Innovations, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 05, 2013 $111,276
Robotics Engineer, Software Irobot Corporation Pasadena, CA Aug 19, 2015 $110,568
Robotics Engineer Savioke Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2014 $108,000
Robotics Engineer California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA Feb 01, 2015 $104,728
Robotics Engineer Savioke Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 20, 2016 $104,000 -
$122,000
Senior Robotics Engineer Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Jan 07, 2016 $103,000
Robotics Engineer Extreme Automation Inc. Roanoke, IN Oct 02, 2015 $102,263
Robotics Engineer Extreme Automation Inc. Roanoke, IN Feb 10, 2015 $102,263
Robotics Engineer (Control Systems Software Developer) Yaskawa America, Inc. Motoman Robotics Division Austin, TX Mar 05, 2016 $100,776
Robotics Engineer Knightscope Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 22, 2016 $100,000
Robotics Engineer/Scientist Berkshire Grey, Inc. Waltham, MA Jan 02, 2016 $89,011 -
$135,655
Robotics Perception Engineer 3D Data Ltd. Malden, MA Dec 09, 2016 $89,000 -
$141,000
Robotics Engineer/Scientist Berkshire Grey, Inc. Waltham, MA Jan 09, 2016 $88,712 -
$135,200
Robotics Engineer Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Mar 23, 2015 $88,635
Robotics Engineer Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Nov 15, 2016 $88,000
Senior Robotics Engineer Energid Technologies Corporation Burlington, MA Sep 04, 2015 $88,000
Robotics Engineer Usens Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2016 $85,254
Senior Robotics Engineer Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Aug 10, 2013 $80,000
Robotics Engineer Extreme Automation Inc. Flint, MI Jul 14, 2014 $78,263
Robotics Engineer Counsyl, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2013 $78,000 -
$103,000
Robotics Engineer Interactive Design, Inc. Lenexa, KS Aug 09, 2016 $77,000
Robotics Modeling Engineer Automated Precision, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 20, 2016 $76,315
Robotics Engineer Systems Technology International, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Aug 20, 2016 $76,000
Robotics Engineer Imris, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Sep 01, 2015 $76,000

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Top Skills for A Robotics Engineer

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  1. Program Robots
  2. Fanuc
  3. PLC
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  • Used computer programming skills to program robots.
  • Researched extended axes to be integrated with the FANUC control system.
  • Make sure the communication between robots and plc for other equipment are to standards for Toyotas process.
  • Performed evaluation of all safety non-compliance reports for acceptable level of risk disposition of proposed controls and work-around.
  • Studied the ABB manual and have experience jogging the robot around and making points.

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