Information & Communication Technology

Robotic Process Automation Engineer

Robotic process automation engineers use specialist software to automate high-volume, repeatable tasks.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Robotic Process Automation Engineer do?

Robotic process automation (RPA) engineers use specialist software to automate high-volume, repeatable tasks.


Work activities

As a robotic process automation (RPA) engineer, you might:

  • assess current processes and identify areas of application for RPA technologies
  • design and configure intelligent business process automation processes to meet the defined process requirements
  • create scalable and efficient process automations
  • configure RPA software
  • develop and maintain solution documentation
  • comply with and help to enforce design and coding standards, policies and procedures
  • work collaboratively with process analysts and process owners during the testing phases to identify and fix bugs
  • monitor automated processes and perform application troubleshooting to continuously improve the overall robustness of automations
  • develop and deliver workshops and training on best practices and methodologies.

Key skills and interests

To become a robotic process automation (RPA) engineer, you would need:

  • a flair for maths, science, technology and IT
  • to be highly detail-oriented
  • excellent analytic and problem-solving abilities
  • strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • strong decision-making ability
  • knowledge of a wide range of RPA software tools
  • the ability to prioritise and plan work effectively.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

RPA engineers normally work standard weekly hours, but you may work longer to meet project deadlines. In a manufacturing setting, you may be required to work shifts, which might include evenings, weekends and public holidays.


Most of your work would take place in an office or factory environment.


How to become an Robotic Process Automation Engineer?

Entry Level Education

To become an RPA engineer you usually have to study electronics, computer or software engineering, with a major in mechatronics or robotics. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

More senior roles in this developing area may require a master's degree in mechatronics and relevant experience in the field, especially experience working with robotics and artificial intelligence systems / software.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of RPA engineers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Job growth is expected because of the broad range of industries in which RPA engineers can apply their knowledge in developing and applying emerging technologies.

Job growth will occur in engineering services firms, as more companies contract engineering services rather than directly employing engineers. RPA engineers will also be employed in large engineering manufacturing companies which make robotics systems once they are designed and developed.

The rapid pace of technological innovation and development will also drive demand for RPA engineers in research and development, with the increased appetite for new developments in automation of a broad range of tasks across a wide range of industries. 


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