Robotics engineer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:
You can also work in the development of artificial intelligence if you have a qualification in psychology or cognitive science.
- artificial intelligence and robotics
- mechanical engineering
You'll usually need 2 or 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics. You'll need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You can do a college course, which may help you to find a job as a robotics technician. Relevant courses include:
With further training, you can qualify as an engineer.
- Level 3 Certificate in Robotics and Automation
- Level 4 Diploma in Computing
- Higher National Certificate in Electrical or Electronic Engineering
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course. You'll also need 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or Level 5 course.
You could do a degree apprenticeship in a robotics specialism. Apprenticeship examples include:
- control and technical support
- embedded electronic systems design
- electro-mechanical engineering
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship.
You could start as a robotics technician or junior engineer and study for a degree on the job to qualify. You'll find it useful to join robotics engineering groups or take part in robotics design competitions to build up your skills and knowledge.
Robotics engineer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering, science and technology
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- maths knowledge
- design skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- thinking and reasoning skills
- complex problem-solving skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Robotics engineer apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your exact duties will depend on what part of a project you work on. You could:
- research what customers want to automate
- design processes and parts using computer aided design
- build and test prototypes
- analyse data from robot sensors and cameras
- write technical reports on project progress, risks and issues
- find and fix faults
- research news ways to use robots and artificial intelligence
- demonstrate finished products to customers
Career path and progression - Robotics engineer apprenticeships
You could become a lead engineer, with overall responsibility for managing a project.
You could also specialise in a particular area of robotics, for example self-driving vehicles, space exploration, surgical instruments or deep ocean research.