Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

Also Known As

Automation Engineer, Automation Specialist, Controls Engineer, Design Engineer, Development Engineer, Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Project Engineer


  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Select project materials.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.


  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Mathematics – Using math to solve problems.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.


Education Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Experience: None
  • Training: No On The Job


  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing – Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Physics – Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Fluency of Ideas – Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Mathematical Reasoning – Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.
  • Originality – Creating new and original ideas.

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Pathway Job Market and Predictions - Connecticut

Future Job Opportunities: Below Average
Typical Wages
Local National
10% $73,290 $55,360
25% $90,170 $75,380
Median $111,630 $103,380
75% $133,040 $134,480
90% $162,960 $166,050

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