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What is An Automation Engineer?
November 19, 2021

If you’re in the manufacturing industry, you may have heard of the term, “automation engineer,” but what does an automation engineer do? It’s becoming an increasingly crucial role for many businesses as many manufacturers are using automation to stay competitive. It’s a role worth considering for your business, and you may want to consider an automation engineer to find the best custom automation solutions.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what an automation engineer is and what they do. 

What They Are

Automation engineers are a type of engineer that focuses on implementing or improving your business’s current automation process. They work with various teams including other engineers to identify issues you may currently have, where they then develop an automation solution. These engineers also work with different processes, physical machines, and a wide variety of software or hardware types. Depending on what is needed to improve your operations, an automation engineer may design a new automation system for your business as well. 

Typical Responsibilities

You’ll typically see an automation engineer performing a wide range of tasks. They communicate with customers to understand their needs, identify areas of your operation that could benefit from automation, create a plan to improve existing systems, and install equipment to boost automation. If an automation engineer does implement a system change, they’ll take the time to monitor those adjustments to understand how it has affected performance through various tests. Due to the technicality of the tasks they carry out, an individual in this role will need technical software skills as well as extensive experience in different programming languages and hardware. 

How They Benefit Your Business

Having an automation engineer can be highly beneficial for your business as their work ultimately eliminates errors or existing issues with your manufacturing process. By figuring out how to better integrate your manufacturing with automation, automation engineers also reduce employee workload and streamline processes that may be redundant. They’ll boost the productivity, product quality, and cost-efficiency of your manufacturing, and you’ll see an improvement to your operations that you may not have gotten otherwise. 
Not every business has an automation engineer on hand, but at Outbound Technologies, we’ve helped many businesses take on an automation project to improve their manufacturing processes.

Whether you’re looking to improve or implement automation into your operations, our team offers custom automation solutions to help you create the best results with your automation. Fill out our contact form here for more information.