Design and build machines for automated jobs in manufacturing, aerospace and medicine.

What does a robotics engineer do?

Your exact duties will depend on what part of a project you work on. You could:

  • research what customers want to automate
  • design processes and parts using computer aided design
  • build and test prototypes
  • analyse data from robot sensors and cameras
  • write technical reports on project progress, risks and issues
  • find and fix faults
  • research news ways to use robots and artificial intelligence
  • demonstrate finished products to customers

What do I need to do to become a robotics engineer?

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving
  • Technical ability

Academic route

  • You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification

Academic route

  • artificial intelligence and robotics
  • mechatronics
  • robotics engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electronics engineering
  • computer science
  • mathematics

Vocational route

  • You could do a degree apprenticeship in a robotics specialism.

Vocational route

  • control and technical support engineering
  • software development
  • manufacturing engineering
  • embedded electronic systems design
  • electro-mechanical engineering

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • Maths

Where to find out more

You'll find it useful to join robotics engineering groups or take part in robotics design competitions to build up your skills and knowledge.

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

Career opportunities

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.

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