What I meant by error is as it sounds. I had begun to steer my course load towards mechatronics, dealing with robotics in manufacturing. In that environment you are expected to be on call in the event of a 3am malfunction at the Mercedes plant, or bosch, or ect.
The other thing is continuously studying the newest robotic systems as they are deployed in industry. Engineering was always something that I “should” do because I’m able to handle the math and concepts but as I approach middle age it seems less of the life I want to live.
I’m not saying I’m not considering a different engineering discipline but at the moment this business has allowed me a nice level of freedom as long as I complete what’s expected.
Meh. Go work for a robotics integrator. If you're OK with traveling on occasion, it's the better job, and you'll avoid working in the same crappy factory, being on call all the time.
Forget about "newest robotic systems." Learn 24v DC controls, and the rest will come to you as you're working on the job.
FWIW I'm on year 16 as a machinist. Part of my responsibility at work is keeping up with a robotic-tended CNC machining cell. If you want to work with industrial robots, then you want to work for a robotics integrator.
However, after 16 years and a pretty well paying job with decent benefits, I'm at the point where a self-employed manual labor job doing lawn & landscape sounds better & better.