Robotic Engineering

Sep 1, 2013

As technology continues to develop, so does the need for robotic engineering. The manufacturing industry is seeing a rise in automation in all sorts of fields such as aerospace, agriculture, defense, mining, medical, energy, and education. Robotic engineers are important for the design, maintenance, and development of new and current robot systems.


The demand for robot­ics automa­tion and appli­ca­tions is con­stant­ly grow­ing and devel­op­ing, as advances in com­put­ing progress. The man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try was the first to heav­i­ly invest in robots and is still the pri­ma­ry employ­er, but the rise of robots in fields such as aero­space, agri­cul­ture, defense, min­ing, med­ical, ener­gy, and edu­ca­tion is not insignif­i­cant. Robot­ics engi­neers are respon­si­ble for design­ing robots, main­tain­ing them, devel­op­ing new appli­ca­tions, and con­duct­ing research to ensure robots are reach­ing their high­est potential.

Many types of robot­ic engi­neers exist. Vision­ary engi­neers cre­ate and design exper­i­men­tal robots. As we watch robots nav­i­gate anoth­er plan­et, a vision­ary engi­neer sits back and smiles as his idea com­ing to life. Robot­ics test engi­neers work for robots man­u­fac­tur­ers and apply the sys­tem to the man­u­fac­tur­ing assem­bly line. Engi­neers are also respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing cost pro­pos­als, stud­ies demon­strat­ing robots’ effi­cien­cy, and qual­i­ty-con­trol reports. Engi­neers can be employed direct­ly by the robot man­u­fac­tur­er, the mil­i­tary or aero­space pro­grams, or col­leges and uni­ver­si­ty study teams. The demand for qual­i­fied robot­ics engi­neers is expect­ed to grow by 13% through 2018, accord­ing to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Some robot­ics engi­neers take on the task of help­ing humans. The Depart­ment of Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ida­ho is devel­op­ing a fin­ger exoskele­ton for reha­bil­i­ta­tion and neu­ro-mus­cu­lar research. Robots that are to be used in con­junc­tion with a human are obvi­ous­ly dif­fer­ent than robots that are used in man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­tries. The Fin­ger Indi­vid­u­at­ing Grasp Exer­cise Robot (FIN­GER) assists humans with mov­ing their fin­gers and mak­ing grasp­ing motions all while record­ing patient per­for­mance. This type of robot gives us a sneak peak into what our future might look like.

Of course, robot­ics engi­neers can also spe­cial­ize in enter­tain­ment. Walt Dis­ney Imag­i­neer­ing employs engi­neers that work on turn­ing car­toon char­ac­ters into 3D char­ac­ters at the amuse­ment park. Robots used in the park must func­tion for up to 16 hours a day, along with oth­er chal­lenges, such as dynam­ics. These robots are respon­si­ble for last­ing mem­o­ries for children.

Robot­ics engi­neers use com­put­er-aid­ed design and draft­ing (CADD) and com­put­er-aid­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing (CAM) to aid their work. Micro­proces­sors and com­put­er pro­gram­ming knowl­edge is impor­tant in order to cre­ate an appro­pri­ate robot for each application. 

Robots​.com also has robot­ic engi­neers work­ing to cre­ate the right inte­grat­ed pack­age of new and refur­bished robots into many types of indus­tries. Work­ing with pro­gram­mers and the cus­tomer, the robot engi­neers are able to help design the best floor­plan and pick the right type of robot for your tasks. Con­tact Robots​.com today to dis­cuss indus­tri­al robot­ic inte­gra­tion today; online or at 8777626881.

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