Due to improvements in computers and the increasing use of robots, companies must now be able to access and apply these emerging technologies in the design and manufacture of products to remain competitive.

 The ability to prove that the basic design works, called rapid prototyping, and concurrent engineering, the process in which a design is evaluated and modified by a team, are two of the new methods that industry uses to reduce the time and cost of bringing new products to market.

To work with robots, it is essential that you are a team-player and have strong interpersonal communication skills, because several employees must co-ordinate their efforts to complete each project.

As complex designs are common, you need acute problem-solving and trouble-shooting abilities. To avoid errors, you must be able to pay close attention to detail and follow instructions precisely. Strength in math and physics, mechanical aptitude, and satisfaction in working with your hands are also important.