posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 01:37 PM
I started off in Computer Engineering, and soon realised just how much of a waste of time it was... then I stumbled across Electro-Mechanical
While you are correct, the Computer industry is flooded with people, for some reason the Robotics industry is severely lacking people. I guess not
enough people think of it when making career decisions.
I'll be joining a company in a month or so, who are offering me about 45K/Annum to start, and are going to make me Project Lead as soon as the
The reason people are willing to pay so much for Robotics engineers is because if they wanted to do the same thing without Robotics Engineers, they
would have to hire both an Electrical Engineer, and a Mechanical Engineer to do the job of one Robotics Engineer.
Why hire two people, when you can hire one and pay him one and a half times the wage!
Now, another thing is, Robotics Engineering is a very technically minded program to study in. It's quite a heavy course... and even though you're
becoming an engineer, you don't get to stay away from the dirty work.
For some reason, a Robotics Engineer is also expected to be a Robotics Technitian, and Technologist aswell... which means you get to get your hands
dirty once you're finished with the designs...
This involves welding, machining parts, wiring, contruction, and all the stuff they would normally get the technitians to do.
Essentially, you have to be of strong mind, AND healthy body.
... and you have to be prepared to run a crap load of experiments to test new theories and concepts... if you don't like doing ALOT of work, mentally
and physically, Robotics is NOT for you.
But, if you love technology, and like doing everything instead of assigning tasks to people, Robotics is definately the way to go.
BTW, when this contract starts, all new model bomb disposer robots in Ontario Canada will have been constructed by myself, and those who I am in
A few others in my course have also managed to land themselves some VERY lucrative careers.
One of the graduates now works on the Canada-arm project for NASA.
A handfull now work with various car companies, designing and maintaining their automated production lines.
Others work on designing other automated production lines.
Essentially, if it's electronic, and it moves... a Robotics Engineer probably had something to do with it.