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Robotics and Mechatronics Degree Useless?

  1. Mar 16, 2014 #1
    I am a freshman studying EE and like robotics, but I know that in robotics there is a team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers. Also, I have been looking on job websites, just to see what types of electrical engineering jobs are available, but it seems that there aren't many jobs in robotics. Is getting a MS in Robotics & Mechatronics a complete waste of time?

    Thanks for any input.
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  3. Mar 17, 2014 #2


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    It's not clear what job websites you have perused. You probably aren't going to find a lot of these jobs being offered on your typical internet job search websites.

    Clearly, automation in general, and robotics in particular, is being used more and more in science and industry. You don't see a lot of articles where a factory has laid off its robots and hired back the workers which were displaced by automation. Repetitive tasks like assembly line welding, once staffed exclusively by human welders, are now almost exclusively robotic. Things like numerically controlled machining and cutting of parts has replaced workers who used to hand fabricate parts. 3-D printing is just getting started and has shown great promise in reducing the costs and time it takes to make prototype parts, or to reproduce existing parts.
  4. Mar 17, 2014 #3

    I have only looked on LinkedIn and indeed since they say the skills and degree they prefer.
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