We are looking for a robotics engineer with behind-the-scenes designers skills, who is responsible for creating robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable or prefer not to complete. Through their creations, a robotics engineer helps to make jobs safer, easier, and more efficient, particularly in the manufacturing industry.
What does a Robotics Engineer do?
A robotics engineer will spend the majority of their time designing the plans needed to build robots. They also design the processes necessary for the robot to run correctly. Some of these professionals are also responsible for designing the machines that actually assemble the robots. Once the design phase has been completed, only then do they move toward assembling the unit.
This type of engineer is responsible for creating several different types of robots that are used to complete a variety of different tasks. Prior to a robot being constructed, the engineer will have first researched and determined exactly what the robot will be used for, and the manner in which it will accomplish its goal. For these professionals, the building process will take a great deal of time. Robots are highly technical and difficult to create, and the task can be very tricky. For this reason it's not uncommon for a robotics engineer to only work on a handful of projects throughout his or her entire career. Professionals in this field need to be very patient.
Typical day-to-day duties include:
Debug robotics programs.
Provide technical support for robotic systems.
Review or approve designs, calculations, or cost estimates.
Install, calibrate, operate, or maintain robots.
Supervise, technologists, technicians, or other engineers.
Process or interpret signals or sensor data.
Integrate robotics with peripherals, such as welders, controllers, or other equipment.
Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems.
Create back-ups of robot programs or parameters.
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.
Make system device lists or event timing charts.
Document robotic application development, maintenance, or changes.
Plan mobile robot paths and teach path plans to robots.
Analyze and evaluate robotic systems or prototypes.
Design end-of-arm tooling.
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 software to control robotic systems for applications, such as military defense or manufacturing.
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.
Write algorithms or programming code for ad hoc robotic applications.
Conduct research on robotic technology to create new robotic systems or system capabilities.
Automate assays on laboratory robotics.