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Robotics Technician

Building, programming, trouble-shooting and repairing robotic machines of all shapes and sizes

How this role makes a difference

When we think of robots, most of us have a picture in our minds of a human-like figure made out of metal. However robots – or robotic machines – come in all shapes and sizes and play an important role in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, healthcare, military, and logistics sectors.

Many of the tasks completed by robots are repetitive, detailed, or difficult for people to do safely or quickly. Robots improve accuracy and efficiency, and help protect people. As they are machines, they need to be maintained and programmed, which is where humans come in. You could be the technician who makes sure robots can complete the work they’re required to do to the right standard.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Repairing robots and connected equipment
  • Troubleshooting robotic systems
  • Programming different kinds of robotic functions
  • Installing and updating software
  • Maintaining technical documents
  • Advising other people on how robotic functions should work or be designed 
  • Supporting operational teams with ideas for improving systems and processes
Useful skills
Useful skills
Problem solving
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

Your career in robotics engineering could begin in several different sectors, where you will learn how to make robots, fix and improve them. You could decide to specialise in this sector or transfer your skills to another one.

There will be opportunities to lead technical teams or to move further into research and development of products. You might join a consultancy that focuses on design and innovation.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job. But if you're interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

Robotics engineering involves multiple kinds of technology, including microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuits, sensors, hydraulics, and feedback systems. They can also be connected to the internet to share data and become part of a wider manufacturing and logistics system.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Manufacturing Engineer
Process Engineer
Production Support Engineer
Installation Engineer
Quality Engineer

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