Impact of Automation on Engineering Jobs

Jun 11, 2019 by

By the term Automation, we generally mean introducing computerized controllers in any mechanical system in order to make them smart and more efficient. Automation and Artificial intelligence make the machines capable of working without human interaction. Automation is undoubtedly very helpful and beneficial. Computerized based controls help in growing productivity, eradicating errors, increases functional efficiency, allow the manufacturers to make the best use of energy and materials, etc. This saves both time and money for a business.

Automation is spreading in nearly every industry and what makes this possible is the cheap priced computers and sensors. The price of computer and sensors are very affordable, which resulted in the growth of Robotics. Robotics is an entirely new interdisciplinary branch and it involves electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science all the three branches.

The use of smart sensors and mechanical components in industries allows the manufacturers to produce high quality and sophisticated goods with high precision. All the time-consuming work and those with a high error rate are now done by automated machines.

So above all these smart machines have reduced the need of humans to a great extent. They are taking most of the engineering jobs in industries and manufacturing units. Most of the things which were previously done by engineers are now done using sensors and advanced machines. Of course, these systems require someone to give instruction, but it does most of the other tasks without the need for human intervention.

However, complete automation and giving machines the ability to think and act like humans are still not 100% possible. Doing so also requires the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning, which is quite expensive and not that reliable.

How Automation is impacting the Engineering jobs?

Automation may have many benefits, but it also has several downsides. These smart machines are displacing engineering jobs on a very large scale. Many researchers are saying that automation will be going to kill even more number of engineering jobs in the future. They also claim that in the upcoming 10 or twenty years fully automatic and self-regulating machines will completely replace the workers and engineers in industries.

Engineering jobs, mainly in the agricultural and manufacturing industries as well as low-level service sectors, are the most automatable. And we will see a gradual decline in the role of humans in these sectors in the upcoming few years. The universities such as AKTU which conducts UPSEE should change the curriculum with changing skills in the market. There are many top private engineering colleges in India which have already started measures to adapt to changes.

Benefits from automation

Automation in different sectors may be killing the jobs, but at the same time, it is creating new job opportunities. It is expected to create a bulk number of jobs and will entirely change the way things are done. But the jobs of the future will require different skills. It might also require higher educational requirements.

So basically Automation is not killing the engineering or any other job permanently. It is just replacing older jobs with new ones. Robots may be able to work with great precision and accuracy, but it does require human intervention at some or other point for its proper functioning.

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