Career in Robotics

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Career in Robotics

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Robotics Technologies


Professionals in
robotics
technologies
blend computer
science with
electrical and
mechanical
engineering to
create automated,
intelligent
machines.

Robotics Technologies


Robots can go where no human is able to
go and do things that no ordinary human
can accomplish. As safety becomes more
important to employers and as technology
advances create potentially hazardous
situations, robots and robotics
technologies are in more demand than
ever.

Robotics Technologies


Robots can clean up nuclear waste, fix
satellites in space, and carry heavy loads.
With computer technology rising, artificial
intelligence is building smarter robots that
clean houses, build cars, and communicate
with people. Scientists and engineers can
take their knowledge and skills to help
build better robots that will help humans
do tasks from the mundane to the
extraordinary.


Robotics Technologies


A career in robotics technologies entails a
specialized education from an accredited
school, college, or university. Courses may
include science and mathematics as well as
particular engineering and technology
courses. With rapidly evolving technology
always in the picture, professionals will
constantly be in need of new education on
the fast
-
paced evolution of robotics
technologies.

Career in Robotics


Robotics is a dynamic field involving the
design, functional use and maintenance of
robots. These machines are used in several
capacities, including manufacturing,
transportation, surgery, weaponry, safety,
research and the mass production of
consumer goods. Multiple career levels are
available in robotics.

Career Options in Robotics


Two common
professions in this
discipline are robotics
technicians and
robotics engineers.


The differences
between the two
begin primarily with
education level.

Career Options in Robotics


Robotics technicians typically hold 2
-
year
associate degrees in robot technology or a
similar field, while engineers need at least
a bachelor's degree; aspiring engineers
often move on to graduate studies and
professional engineering certification.
Technicians generally participate in
apprenticeship programs that provide on
-
the
-
job training along with classroom
instruction.

Career Options in Robotics


Both engineers and
technicians have several
specialties to choose from
within the field of
robotics. Some of these
include machine
automation, medical
robotics, cybernetics,
quantum mechanical
systems, air traffic
management and a
variety of other areas that
utilize robots to make
work processes easier for
humans.

Career Options in Robotics


Types of businesses that hire professionals
for robotics positions comprise
electronics, automotive, agricultural and
manufacturing companies, among many
others.


Most robotics professionals work primarily
in a collaborative team setting, with
technicians assisting and supporting
engineers.

Job Duties in Robotics


Because robots
are used in so
many ways, a
professional's
duties in this field
can vary greatly
depending upon
the function and
application of
robotics in his or
her work.

Job Duties in Robotics


For example, some robotics engineers design
artificial limbs, while others develop
automated manufacturing systems for food
-
packing plants. However, all robotics
engineers are responsible for designing,
creating, testing and troubleshooting
problems with their robots. This involves
extensive research in various mechanical and
robotic technologies and the use of assorted
design software as well as electrical and
mechanical equipment.

Job Duties in Robotics


Some other duties
of both engineers
and technicians
include the
following:


Welding


Installing safety
systems


Programming and
reprogramming robots


Reading and
interpreting
schematics



Robot maintenance
and repair


Using hydraulic test
equipment


Failure analysis testing


Robot installation and
removal


Robotics Employment Outlook


Robotics
engineers and
technicians can
often be found
working in the
electrical and
electronics
engineering fields.

Robotics Employment Outlook


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities
in these engineering disciplines vary by
location and specialty (www.bls.gov).
Roughly one
-
third of all engineering
technicians worked in electronic and
electrical engineering in 2008 and another
third were in manufacturing.

Robotics Employment Outlook


The BLS reports that employers generally seek
those with at least an associate degree who are
skilled in new technologies and who require little
or no additional training. Experience in the field
can also lead to positions as robotics sales
representatives, team managers and independent
consultants.


Payscale.com found that most robotics
technicians made between
$27,410
and
$71,540
(includes overtime and bonuses) as of November
2011.