Automation engineers design, program and improve high-tech computer-controlled equipment for large scale industrial processes such as milk processing and drying, rock crushing and mineral extraction, and processing logs into timber products and wood chips. Their job often involves working with machine operators to solve problems and figure out why machinery isn’t operating as planned.
Robotics engineers design robots, develop new ways to use them, and research how to expand their potential. A robot is a complex form of automated system as it is able to detect outside stimuli and react by changing its own behaviour. New Zealand company Invert Robotics has developed a wall-climbing robot that can do potentially hazardous inspections in the place of a human being.
Most automation and robotics engineers earn:
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