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Automation Engineer

University Qualified

Automation Engineers design, program, test and simulate automated machines and processes that are intended to complete a specific task.

Automation Engineers also provide detailed documentation, including design specifications, to enable production or the application of their products.

Automation Engineers usually enjoy working with maths, science and computers and have an interest and ability in mechanical and electrical engineering. They also tend to have a good understanding of computer programming and software development and are able to troubleshoot problems and perform complex system tests.

Richard Bennett Ashgrove Dairy Automation

“One of the best things about making something automated are the benefits to safety and the environment.” – Richard, Ashgrove

Average age
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1 %
full time
More over 5 years

Tasks for this role

  • Studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication

  • Establishing work measurement programs and analysing work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation

  • Analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies

  • Designing mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction

  • Developing specifications for manufacture, and determining materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems

  • Organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment

  • Establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations

  • Inspecting plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained

  • Directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules


  • Very high skill level
  • Below Average Unemployment
  • Practical, Analytical and Administrative
  • Light/Medium physical demand

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