Robotics Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.08

Description:

Research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Application Defense Manager
  • Associate Professor of Automation
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Manager
  • Engineer
  • Plant Floor Automation Manager
  • Robotics Application Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Robotics Specialist
  • Robotics Systems Engineer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Systems Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Supervise, technologists, technicians, or other engineers.
  • Integrate robotics with peripherals, such as welders, controllers, or other equipment.
  • Provide technical support for robotic systems.
  • Review or approve designs, calculations, or cost estimates.
  • Make system device lists or event timing charts.
  • Document robotic application development, maintenance, or changes.
  • Write algorithms or programming code for ad hoc robotic applications.
  • Create back-ups of robot programs or parameters.
  • Process or interpret signals or sensor data.
  • Plan mobile robot paths and teach path plans to robots.
  • Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems.
  • Install, calibrate, operate, or maintain robots.
  • Debug robotics programs.
  • Design end-of-arm tooling.
  • Conduct research on robotic technology to create new robotic systems or system capabilities.
  • Automate assays on laboratory robotics.
  • Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of robotic mechanisms, components, or systems, such as planetary rovers, multiple mobile robots, reconfigurable robots, or man-machine interactions.
  • Analyze and evaluate robotic systems or prototypes.
  • Design automated robotic systems to increase production volume or precision in high-throughput operations, such as automated ribonucleic acid (RNA) analysis or sorting, moving, or stacking production materials.
  • Design software to control robotic systems for applications, such as military defense or manufacturing.
  • Build, configure, and test robots.
  • Design robotic systems, such as automatic vehicle control, autonomous vehicles, advanced displays, advanced sensing, robotic platforms, computer vision, or telematics systems.
  • Design or program robotics systems for environmental clean-up applications to minimize human exposure to toxic or hazardous materials or to improve the quality or speed of clean-up operations.
  • Design robotics applications for manufacturers of green products, such as wind turbines or solar panels to increase production time, eliminate waste, or reduce costs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bar code readers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Function generators
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser scanners
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Signal conditioners
  • Sonar rings
  • Torque meters
  • Vision systems
  • Welding gun torches
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C
  • C++
  • Compilers
  • Concurrent Versions Systems
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Debuggers
  • Gazebo
  • GRASPIT!
  • Haskell
  • Image processors
  • JavaScript
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Linux
  • List processing language LISP
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Player
  • Profilers
  • Python
  • Robotics Academy ROBOTC
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • Silicon Graphics IRIX
  • Stage
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNIX
  • UsyCams
  • Version control software
  • Video digitizers
  • Wind River Systems VxWorks


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980