Robotics Engineer

Robotics engineering combines elements of mechanical, electrical and software engineering in the design, testing and development of computer-controlled robots used to assist humans. Recent advances in computer and software technology have revolutionised the robotics industry, paving the way for intelligent machines designed to make life easier, safer and more efficient.

The skills and knowledge of these engineers are applied in a diverse range of industries, including automotives, medicine and manufacturing. They may be employed to design robots for the performance of hazardous or repetitive tasks in mining or chemical waste disposal or to create life saving surgical equipment. Demand for robotics engineers is also high in the commercial industry as companies focus on designing advanced toys, games, and household appliances. Still others are found in the research sector, developing experimental robots for uses in defence, surveillance, and aerospace programs.

Most entry-level positions require an undergraduate degree in electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, computer or software engineering. Graduates typically pursue Master's or doctoral research degrees specialising in robotics engineering. Due to the ever-changing nature of this field, robotics engineers must continually update their technical skills and knowledge to keep abreast of new developments.

For more information, see the Australian Robotics & Automation Association.