Robotics engineer

robotic design engineer robotic systems engineer
Computing and ICT

Career outlook for robotics engineer

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

Robotics engineers use technology and innovation to design and construct robotic systems. Imagine being a bionic inventor, creating amazing robots that can do all sorts of jobs. These robots might do tasks too dangerous, time-consuming or difficult for humans to complete.

Take exploring shipwrecks. Buried in the ocean's hidden depths, this can be a task that’s dangerous or impossible for even the most experienced human diver. But thanks to robotics engineers, we have deep sea robots that can do it for us!

There are endless possibilities for the robots you might create. You could engineer surgical or military machines that save lives or robots that get sent into space! For example, robotics engineers built systems used on NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover.

Advances in technology mean you’ll need to keep up to date with the latest technical systems and trends. Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping revolutionise the world of robotics. You'll get to work with AI in this role and come up with creative ways to make robots smarter and more adaptable.

If you're always tinkering with tech, love a good challenge and get a kick out of seeing your creations come to life, then this job might be perfect for you!

Your tasks might include:

  • identifying issues that robotic automation could solve
  • creating robots using mechanical, electrical and computer engineering skills
  • writing programmes to control robot movements
  • implementing artificial intelligence into robotic systems
  • working out design needs and costs based on a given budget
  • maintaining and improving the functionality of robotic systems
  • staying updated with the latest technical advancements
  • helping others with the use and maintenance of robotic automation

Working conditions


You’d typically work around 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, this depends on the place of work and the projects you work on.


Robotics engineers work both in their labs and in their office. In the lab they manufacture and test products and in their office they’ll work on their plans and conduct research.


You might be expected to travel for research purposes or to learn from others.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Working with technology
  • Creative
  • Designing
  • Innovative
  • Problem solving
  • Working with numbers
  • Researching
  • Attention to detail
  • Implementing ideas
  • Analysing

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

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

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics and Mechatronics college

You can gain qualifications through university or through work based learning, for example, through Apprenticeships.  Even with high level qualifications, relevant experience and additional in-work training and qualifications are usually essential. 

As technology is ever changing, it is necessary to keep up with these advances throughout your career.


You can gain skills and qualifications in the workplace through options such as Foundation Apprenticeships (FA), Modern Apprenticeships (MA) and Graduate Apprenticeships (GA).

Foundation Apprenticeships

You might want to consider doing this in areas such as:

  • Engineering

Modern Apprenticeships

 You might want to consider doing this in areas such as:

  • Engineering​​​​​​​

Graduate Apprenticeships 

You might want to consider doing this in areas such as:

  • Engineering: Design and manufacture

Useful subjects

Many Colleges and Universities will have required subjects that you must have for entry. They might also highlight additional subjects that they value. See individual institutions websites for specific entry information. 

Useful subjects would be:

  • Design and Technology
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Programming and Coding subjects

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