The Automation Engineer can find job opportunities in all the companies that produce, or incorporate in their products, tools and systems for the automation, as well as in those characterized by flexible production processes at high levels of automation. The automation market covers, increasingly, all sectors of industrial production and services: process industries (chemical, petrochemical, energy, etc.); companies and institutions working in the field of transport (land, sea and air); the manufacturing industry of consumer goods (food, appliances, games, etc.); the public utility networks (water, gas , energy, transport , etc.); manufacturers of automatic machines, robots, and more in general of mechatronic systems, deriving from the integrated design of the mechanics and of the measuring and control electronics; bodies that oversee or participate in the management of resources (material, natural and human ones) of relevant economic and social interest.
In all these areas, the automation engineer typically operates in:
- companies producing and selling automation systems (both hardware and software);
- companies that use automated production plants or that manage highly complex services;
- companies producing systems with high technological content, due to the inclusion of sophisticated automation and control elements;
- engineering and consulting firms that design and project complex, economically challenging and technologically advanced plants and systems.