Imagine working on rovers or robots that can explore planets or build structures on the Moon. Learn more about the work of robotics engineers. 

Robotics engineers observe manufacturing robot welding

Robotics engineer inspects robotic manufacturing arm

The Rundown

What do robotics engineers do?

Robotics engineers build, install, operate, test and maintain robots, robotic components, devices and systems.

Robotics plays a big part in the space sector. The robotic arms on the space shuttle and the international space station have:

  • deployed payloads
  • retrieved and repaired satellites
  • helped crew inspect and repair spacecraft.

The Mars rover is also a robot designed for space exploration.

Australia has a very strong robotics industry. More opportunities to work in the space industry are likely to emerge in the coming years.


What you’ll need to know and do

Robotics engineering uses a combination of mechanical, electronic and programming skills. Some robots operate autonomously, while humans operate others.

Future robotics engineers may find themselves working on satellites that can navigate on their own and repair themselves. They also might work on rovers or other robots that can explore planets or build structures on the Moon.

Your study pathway

The minimum study requirement to work as a robotics engineer is an undergraduate degree in engineering. Some employers may have further requirements, such as postgraduate qualifications or research in a particular specialty.

The main engineering majors relevant to becoming a robotics engineer are:

  • mechatronics engineering
  • robotics engineering.

Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming a robotics engineer:

  • electrical/electronics engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • systems engineering.

Almost all universities in Australia offer degrees in engineering. Visit individual university websites for more information.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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