5th March 2019
National Careers Week: Become a Robotics Engineer
In honour of National Careers Week 2019, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2019.
Next in the list of roles is Robotics Engineer, download a PDF of this job profile here:
Qualifications and courses
Most entrants have a bachelor’s degree in robotics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer science. A master’s or doctorate level degree may be required for senior roles within the industry. A postgraduate qualification may also be advantageous to those whose first degree was in a different subject. A list of degrees accredited by the Engineering Council is available on the Engineering Council website. Applicants for degree programmes typically require A levels or equivalent qualifications in relevant subjects such as maths and physics.
It is possible to enter the profession at a lower entry level through undertaking an apprenticeship or training scheme. Apprenticeships are offered by a number of robotics, automotive and manufacturing companies. You can work towards gaining an advanced or higher level apprenticeship. A level 6 apprenticeship is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and a level 7 is equivalent to a master’s degree.
Those with a bachelor’s degree in engineering (BEng) or equivalent can apply for incorporated engineer (IEng) status via the Engineering Council and those who have studied to master’s level can gain chartered engineer (CEng) status further on in their career.
What the work involves
Robotics engineers design, build and maintain robots and computer systems.
You will research and develop systems for a range of applications. You may use programmes such as Microsoft Visual C# and C++ during your work. You will be heavily involved in projects from conception to completion and will undertake testing and servicing of systems to ensure they meet performance requirements.
Type of person suited to this work
You should possess excellent problem-solving and technical skills in order to successfully develop complex robotic systems.
You will need good communication skills as you are likely to be working on projects within a team.
You will need to possess good organisation skills in order to work simultaneously on projects at different stages of the development process.
Robotics engineers usually work regular hours, Monday to Friday. You may find that you need to work additional hours in order to meet project deadlines.
Depending on the type of company you work for, your time may be divided between an office and workshop or lab. You may need to travel in order to meet with clients.
You will be working with different programming languages and software.
In 2017, the Government announced it would be investing £17.3 million in the UK’s artificial intelligence sector as part of its Digital Strategy.
With significant investment from the Government, jobs in the artificial intelligence sector are set to rise over the next few years.
With experience, you could work in increasingly senior positions and take the lead on important innovative projects.
It is exciting to be at the forefront of creating new systems and products that could potentially change the way people live and work.
There are good opportunities for career development.
Projects can be very time-consuming and you may have to work extra hours to meet project deadlines.
Starting salaries for graduates are around £25,000 to £30,000 a year.
With experience, this is likely to rise to between £35,000 to £45,000 a year.
Those in senior positions can earn in excess of £50,000 a year.
Engineering Council UK www.engc.org.uk
The British Automation & Robot Association (BARA) www.bara.org.uk