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06-13-2011, 05:25 AM #1
Robotics & Automation: Certifications and training
I'm nearly finished with a 2yr engineering degree and I was wondering if anyone knew of any kinds of certifications or training that are offered online or by schools in the NYC area for Industrial robotics and automation?
I would very much like to have a job designing/ building, modifying & fixing robots, automated machines and systems of all sorts but I do not have any experience in that area. Are there many jobs with automation and industrial robotics? What can I start doing while I'm still in school to start making myself a more useful worker and more attractive candidate for employers?
06-13-2011, 06:03 AM #2
FWIW - I have had several college engineering graduates approach me and offer to work for free to get experience as the job market right now is very soft.
Even at free - employees don't make sense when times are tight - it takes $$$ to educate, train and the risk associated with mistakes can be very costly. Just today I extended an offer to one such applicant - we will pay him a decent wage, but it is clearly below market for a college graduate.
We are letting him pick up a project that we did in the past with a gyro stabilized camera mount . . . if he winds up having a good work ethic and natural aptitude with this stuff - we will offer him a full time position.
06-13-2011, 11:10 AM #3
Please don't take this the wrong way, but if you want to be designing robots you will need more than a 2 year degree.
A guy at my work with a phd just left to go to Irobot. The bar is pretty high.
You may have to start work as a tech, and continue your education.
06-13-2011, 03:54 PM #4