Industrial automation is a rapidly evolving field with numerous job opportunities available to automation engineers. Automation careers have a lot to offer young engineers.

automation engineer at work
A control engineer at work

Automation is a fast-paced field. Automation engineers interact with customers from various industry verticals and gain extensive exposure to a wide range of scenarios in the field, which is an excellent start to any career.

Read more on who is an automation engineer here. 

  • Who can work in the field of automation?

Automation is a multifaceted field. It necessitates knowledge from various engineering disciplines such as-

Engineering Instrumentation

Engineering in Electrical

Mechanical Engineering

Electronics Engineering

Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications

Engineering in Mechatronics

As a result, engineering students or professionals with these backgrounds can pursue a career in automation.

automation engineer in a control plant
  • Technical Knowledge Required

To be successful in the exciting world of automation, an automation engineer must have the following technical skills:

  • mechanical, electrical, and electronic. 
  •  control systems—PLC, HMI. 
  • traceability — SCADA
  • Instrumentation—- Sensors, Field Instruments-Digital & Analog
  • Networking —- Communication, Protocols


  • Automation Entry Level Jobs

PLC programming, system installation, project commissioning, and other on-the-job training are all part of the entry-level roles, and this hands-on experience helps to design efficient and safe automation projects.

An engineer can work in one of three types of businesses. —

Automation equipment and software suppliers to various industries, such as Siemens, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, ABB, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, and others.

Industrial users of automation products and services, e.g. Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Shell, ONGC, and other 

Companies that provide automation services, such as Emerson,

  • The job situation

Automation jobs are available in nearly every industry, including automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, defense, oil and gas, and aerospace. In fact, the automation domain is currently experiencing a demand that exceeds the actual supply of automation engineers.

  • Opportunities for Employment

Automation engineers have numerous job opportunities available. Engineers of this type are in high demand in Nigeria, the United States, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Australia, and many other countries around the world, and they are well compensated, with an average salary of around USD $120,000.

Overall, automation is a fantastic field to pursue as a career. Enroll now in our industrial automation certificate programs if you want to learn about various automation technologies. We would be delighted to be a part of your successful journey to become an automation engineer.