Interested in Robotics?
Well, if you’re still unsure, let us share a little story with you. A factory in China replaced 90% of its employees with machines, which led to a 250% increase in productivity and an 80% drop in defects. And there are only 60 employees out of 650 that still work there.
Enter The Robot
And these aren’t just factory jobs, McDonalds is placing 55,000 robots in their restaurants to cook hamburgers, and Amazon spent 775 million on a Kiva robotic system as well. And if you think your job is safe try again because according to Oxford University 47% of ALL jobs are at risk of being automated in the next 20 years.
So, between the ebb and flow of recessions and the automating of jobs, you can bet the future belongs to those who take advantage of the opportunity to become one of the professionals who design, program and or integrate automated systems.
The Cobots Are Comming!
Cobots are collaborative robots that are designed to work safely with and next to humans. That synergy makes integrating automation easier than ever for both industrial and commercial businesses alike. Along with the rising costs of labor to include benefits and wages, the collaborative design and impressively fast ‘return on investment’ all are fueling the race to automate jobs.
When integrating a Cobot there are 5 primary benefits to using them;
- Easy Programming – 87 minutes is all it takes to turn anyone into a robot programmer.
- Fast Setup – a Cobot can be unpacked, mounted on a base and programmed in less than 60 minutes.
- Flexible Automation – with simple plug and play features these robots can package and palletize products, tend machines, assemble, pick and place parts, glue, dispense and weld metal, drive screws, and even do quality inspection via a vision system.
- Collaborative & Safe Operation – give the dirty, dangerous and dull jobs to a robot or have them work side by side safely with humans with no danger.
- Free Training – one of the most challenging restraints to starting a new career is the training, well Universal Robots the maker of Cobots totally removes that obstacle.
How to Become a Robot Programmer
The first place to begin is to choose a platform. Now that in and of itself can be a challenge because as a newbie where do you start? How would you even know where to start with no previous experience? The best way to overcome this decision is to take a course, sort of like a taking a first step.
You wouldn’t try taking a black belt class in martial arts if you’ve never taken martial arts before. Or join the high school diving team if you didn’t know who to swim.
So, I suggest you save your money, start with a course you cannot help but be successful in as a test case, just to see if you might like working with robots.
And a great place to begin would be with Universal Robots FREE online training academy. It’s a place where you can learn everything you need to know, online.
Start by registering at www.universal-robots.com/academy/
I would start with the e-Series ONLINE TRAINING option.
Choose the ‘CORE TRACK’
Once logged in you will see 8 videos that take you from an introduction to a Universal Robot all the way up to programming one. What’s more intriguing is that the training program also has interactive robot controls and step-by-step instructions to creating a real-world program.
In addition to the basic training program they also offer some more detailed course work. In short you are going to complete the course with solid skills that you can use on your first day on the job.
Now just to be clear, the training will take longer than an hour, but once you have a little experience you will be able to write a program in mere minutes. GUARANTEED!
How to Get Your First Job as a Robot Programmer
Now once you complete the training you will receive a transcript of your training which you should add to your resume and inside your career portfolio.
Your career portfolio is a collection of your best projects. And yes this is a real and valuable certificate that you should take pride in having completed.
In addition to the certificate you can write out a few programs to use as an example of your knowledge, just use a pad of paper and list the moves to complete a palletized box project, and a few other complex sets of moves.
This is the level of skill you can show an experienced programmer and they will instantly notice you actually know how to code a robot. Some interviewers may take you to a real robot on the production floor to test you.
But don’t worry, you got this.
And what’s most important is that there are only a few steps to be successful during an interview.
And one of the most important steps is being able to demonstrate that you can do the job.
With this article we’re hoping we’ve answered some questions, sparked your curiosity and shared some useful information. But, we know you may need more, so we invite you to contact us for some follow up questions or to discuss your unique needs.
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