What does a Principal Automation Engineer do?

Automation engineers are responsible for creating and building various automated machines. They design, program, simulate, and test automated machinery and processes to complete exact tasks. They are typically employed in industries where robots or machines are designed to perform specific functions including car manufacturing or food processing plants.

Automation engineers design schematics for automation components using CAD software and analyze production processes to assess automation’s best use. They manage supply chain issues and perform regular maintenance on automation equipment, performing repairs, and troubleshooting when necessary. Automation engineers write requirements for quality assurance and machine operation and regularly calibrate and repair equipment. They analyze production processes, develop automation solutions, and need a minimum bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering and CAD software proficiency.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal Automation Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$75,911 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$53K
Median: $76K
$110K
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Principal Automation Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Principal Automation Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Symington's Symington's
Electronics and Industrial Automation Technician
Jun. 20, 2020

“interesting and fun I really don't want to write anything I only wanted to see the average salary”

Briggs of BurtonBriggs of Burton
Automation Engineer
Nov. 4, 2020

“Good career development opportunity all the from graduate training programmes to attaining Chartership and more!”

SmartFlowSmartFlow
Automation Engineer
Nov. 29, 2020

“The Company's Salary scale is not quite encouraging and Engineers don't get the best treatment.”

CVS HealthCVS Health
QA Automation Engineer
Jan. 11, 2021

“Work life balance is not good and it gets really stressful to work at times.”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Software Automation Developer
Dec. 4, 2021

“the overall experience was ok but my manager wasn't an easy person to work with.”

SoleraSolera
QA Automation Engineer
Apr. 28, 2021

“Udemy empresarial es una gran ventaja para aprender sobre el career path o sobre cualquier otro tema.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Automation Engineer
Jun. 3, 2020

“1) Its a good place to work if you get into good projects under nice managers.”

2021.AI2021.AI
QA Automation Engineer
Feb. 24, 2020

“There are many pros of working in 2021.ai and for me it was a great pleasure to come to work every day.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a principal automation engineer

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The most common qualifications to become a principal automation engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.