Robotics Engineer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Researches, designs, develops, and tests robotic applications.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Debugs robotics programs.
  • Provides technical support for robotic systems.
  • Reviews or approves designs, calculations, or cost estimates.
  • Installs, calibrates, operates, or maintains robots.
  • Supervises technologists, technicians, or other engineers.
  • Processes or interprets signals or sensor data.
  • Integrates robotics with peripherals, such as welders, controllers, or other equipment.
  • Investigates mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems.
  • Creates back-ups of robot programs or parameters.
  • Designs 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.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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