What does a Robotics Engineer do?

Robotics engineers create and maintain machines that perform functions in place of humans. They may work in the agriculture, military, manufacturing, or medical industries and conceive of new and innovative uses for robots. They design and improve robots for existing systems and repair and maintain industrial robots. Robotics engineers are highly creative and self-motivated with advanced mathematics, applied physical science, and computer science skills.

Robotics engineers read, write, analyze, and interpret technical procedures and schematics; they define problems and collect data, facts, and conclusions from their research. They write software and build electronics and design mechanisms. They are responsible for the research, development, and maintenance of robotics systems and components, and they evaluate and calibrate systems to ensure maximum efficiency. They troubleshoot robotic systems and their applications and maintain accurate documentation and records for them as well. A robotics engineer needs a bachelor's degree in automation, mechanics, robotics, or electrical engineering with a minimum of two years of industry experience. They need proficiency in drafting programs including AutoCAD and strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Robotics Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$93,364 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $93K
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Robotics Engineer Career Path

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Mechatronics Engineer
Feb 7, 2020

“It is a one of the best institute which provides good training and also 100% placement”

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Robotics Engineer Intern
Oct 20, 2021

“I greatly appreciate my internship experience and I highly recommend Veritas Autonomous if you are eager to learn.”

Jan 11, 2022

“Hours are fixed and there is no option to work overtime or ask employer to extend hours.”

Robotics Software Engineer
Sep 15, 2019

“career engineer turnover was unbelievably high in my department because advancement opportunities were almost nonexistent.”

Mechatronics Intern
Oct 18, 2021

“People are really nice and helpful”

Robotics Intern
Feb 26, 2021

“Innovative and interesting projects”

Movel AIMovel AI
Robotics Software Engineer
Nov 22, 2021

“Great and capable engineering team.”

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Robotics Software Engineer
Nov 22, 2021

“Friendly and fun people to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a robotics engineer

When working as a robotics engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Oracle Exadata, Operating Systems, Xml SQL, Linux, and MATLAB.

The most similar professions to robotics engineer are:
  • Design Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a robotics engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.