Automation engineering

Automation engineering has two different meanings:[1]

  • From a software engineering point of view looking to automate software processes.
  • From a traditional engineering sense providing automated solutions to physical activities and industries.[2]

Automation engineerEdit

Automation engineers are experts who have the knowledge and ability to design, create, develop and manage machines and systems, for example, factory automation, process automation and warehouse automation.[3]


Automation engineering is the integration of standard engineering fields. Automatic control of various control system for operating various systems or machines to reduce human efforts & time to increase accuracy. Automation engineers design and service electromechanical devices and systems to high-speed robotics and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).[4]

Work and career after graduationEdit

Graduates can work for both government and private sector entities such as industrial production, companies that create and use automation systems, for example paper industry, automotive industry, food and agricultural industry, water treatment, and oil & gas sector such as refineries, power plants.

Job DescriptionEdit

Automation engineers can design, program, simulate and test automated machinery and processes, and usually are employed in industries such as the energy sector in plants, car manufacturing facilities or food processing plants and robots. Automation engineers are responsible for creating detailed design specifications and other documents, developing automation based on specific requirements for the process involved, and conforming to international standards like IEC-61508, local standards, and other process specific guidelines and specifications, simulate, test and commission electronic equipment for automation.[5][6]


  1. ^ Vikash, Kausal (21 June 2018). "Fundamentals of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)". Kausal Vikash. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) summer school. Curtin Research Publications, 2012. Retrivied 8 December 2020.
  3. ^ Jianhua, Zhang (2017). Mechatronics And Automation Engineering - Proceedings Of The 2016 International Conference (Icmae2016). World Scientific. ISBN 9789813208544. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ Caldwell, Darwin. Robotics and Automation in the Food Industry - 1st Edition. Woodhead Publishing 2012. ISBN 9781845698010
  5. ^ Zhang, Jianhua (2017). Mechatronics and Automation Engineering: Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation Engineering ICiMAE 2016, Xiamen, China, 22-24 April 2016. World Scientific. ISBN 9789813208537. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  6. ^ O'Dell, Thomas H. Circuits for Electronic Instrumentation. Cambridge University Press 1 Edition, 2005.