Robotics engineer

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What is a Robotics engineer

Robotics Engineers are responsible for designing and maintaining the huge variety of robotic systems that we use to perform difficult or time-consuming tasks less suited to human beings.

You could be designing robots that save lives, such as surgical or military robots or developing machines that assist workers with crucial manufacturing tasks.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Identifying key issues that robotic automation could solve.
  • Creating robots using mechanical, electrical and computer engineering skills.
  • Maintaining and improving the functionality of robotic systems.

Getting in and Qualifications


Robotics Engineers typically have a high level of technical qualification across multiple disciplines. There are a number of possible routes to reach this level of technical ability.

Useful subjects:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physics
  • Programming and Coding subjects

Pupils in S5/6 can also choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Many Robotics Engineers will have a Higher National Diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification in the following subject areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science