In order to work as a robotics engineer, an individual will first need to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering. Courses in robotics typically include general training in pneumatics and hydraulics, numerically controlled systems, CADD/CAM systems, integrated systems, logic, and microprocessors. Since robotics technology relies heavily on the expertise of several engineering disciplines, engineers who specialize in robotics will typically have degrees in electrical, manufacturing, industrial, electronic, or mechanical engineering.
It will typically takes four to five years to complete a bachelor's degree. Most major universities and colleges will have an engineering department. Some colleges even offer engineering programs specially geared toward robotics. Depending on the college or university, they may allow students to complete work-study programs in order to receive on-the-job training while working towards earning their degree.
For upper-level positions within the industry, a master's or doctorate level degree is required. In order to remain abreast of new changes and developments within the industry, working robotics engineers will still need to continually update their technical knowledge. This requirement is generally satisfied by annual conferences, seminars, and training sessions.
In addition to the engineering component, professionals in this industry also need to be well versed in the areas of electronics, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, is also essential to being successful in this field.