Are you curious, analytical, and enjoy figuring out new ways to make things easier and more efficient? Then robotics engineering may be the perfect career for you! A robotics engineer is someone who designs machines that can do tasks in place of humans.
What is a robot?
Robots are machines often used in warehouses and manufacturing lines. They usually perform repetitive tasks that can be dangerous for human beings.
What do robotics engineers do?
Robots are very complex and can take years to innovate. As a result, robotics engineers require a lot of patience and dedication to be successful. Aside from designing and testing robots, the daily responsibilities of these engineering professionals can include developing software used to manage robots, as well as automated systems that allow robots to perform tasks effectively and with precision.
If you’re interested in a career in robotics, there are courses you can start taking at both the high school and college level that can give you a head start. These include mathematics, physics, computer science, programming, technology and design, mechatronics and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, automotive engineering, and electronics.
Who are some famous robotics engineers?
There are many engineering professionals who have contributed to the evolution of robotics over the years. Some of the most well-known include:
- American engineer Joseph Engelberger, frequently cited as “the father of robotics,” is known world round for his work revolutionizing automated production lines.
- Take Kanade is famous for his invention of the first direct drive robotic arm in 1981, which was designed to help improve robot assembly lines.
- Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert is well known for his contribution to the quadrupedal robot dubbed “BigDog,” a discontinued robot originally designed for use in the U.S. Military.
Learn More about Robots
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