Robotics Engineering Technology

Robotics Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Robotics Engineering Technology

Learn to design, construct and program robotic systems at PennWest California.

PennWest California's robotics engineering technology program will introduce you to mechatronic systems with an emphasis on automation and mobile robotics. This interdisciplinary associate degree program combines the fields of computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

Through hands-on laboratory classes and sound theoretical coursework, this two-year professional undergraduate program will prepare you for an innovative career as a roboticist.

Master in-demand robotics job skills.

  • Engineer design processes and apply robotic systems to solve technical problems.
  • Utilize design software tools such as 3D computer-aided design and drafting (CADD).
  • Learn to apply the equipment and tools used in manufacturing and automation.
  • Troubleshoot and repair robotic components and systems.
  • Program, interface and integrate PLCS (programmable logic controllers).


Expert Faculty: At PennWest California, you'll take classes from professors who are experts in robotics and applied engineering, have years of real-world experience and are among the best practitioners in their fields. PennWest California's engineering technology faculty has cumulatively contributed to hundreds of scientific books and publications.

Top Affiliations: PennWest California's robotics engineering technology program worked with the Robotics Academy at Carnegie Mellon University on a federally funded grant project. The program is also a supporter of regional high school robotics competitions, such as Bots-IQ and FIRST Robotics.

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PennWest California's robotics engineering technology program is a product of recent grant projects with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Is the average annual salary for all mechanical engineers, including roboticists. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
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Degree Benefits

In PennWest California's robotics engineering technology associate degree program you will:

  • Benefit from small classes and personal attention.
  • Gain hands-on experience designing, programming, building, and testing autonomous robots in the lab.
  • Learn economic principles and the role of robotics in the future of the economy.
  • Develop the project management, communication, teamwork and leadership skills you need for a top career.
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Gradute Outcomes

Your PennWest California associate degree will prepare you for numerous cutting-edge careers in the emerging field of robotics. It is anticipated that military ground troops will be upward of 40% robotic in the near future. Outside of military applications, a sharp increase in the demand for robotics support personnel ranging is predicted, from technicians to engineering technologists and beyond. Roboticists will be needed in a variety of top fields such as:

  • Medical/health care.
  • Transportation logistics.
  • Industrial/manufacturing.
  • Security/law enforcement.
  • Service industries.
  • Household applications and entertainment. 
Robotics Engineering Technology Associate Degree
A robotics alumni comes back to teach PennWest California students.

Boost your Career Potential

At PennWest California, you'll have the flexibility to continue your studies toward a bachelor's degree. Four-year PennWest California degree programs such as Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology , Technology Management and Computer Science, are natural extensions to the robotics engineering technology program.

Robotics arms in factory.

Why Study Robotics at PennWest California?

Alumni Tyler Findley '17 says that he chose the program because he loves "working with all three of the mechanical, electrical and computer aspects of engineering, and robotics provides some of all those in its field."

Robotics Engineering Technology Associate Degree Courses

PennWest California's robotics engineering technology associate degree program will provide you with a fundamental understanding of computer, electronics and mechanical engineering technology principles blended with hands-on reinforcement through laboratory projects.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 29
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Technological Literacy
CSC 120  Problem Solving and Programming Constructs
Natural Sciences
PHY 121  General Physics I
General Education Options
  • CSC 124  C Programming
  • ENG 217  Scientific and Technical Writing I
  • ECO 201  Intro to Microeconomics
  • MAT 191  College Trigonometry
  • Student-selected General Education Option
Required Major Courses 32
EET 110  Electrical Circuits I 4
EET 160  Electrical Circuits II 4
GET 130  Intro to Engineering Technology 3
MTR 300  Manufacturing Processes 3
MTR 325  Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers 3
RET 110  Agile Robotics I 3
RET 120  CADD Concepts 3
RET 160  Agile Robotics II 3
RET 210  Robotic Teaming 3
RET 260  Robotic Systems Project 3
Total 61

Pre-requisite Requirements:

  • RET 110 > RET 160 > RET 210 > RET 260
  • MAT 181 > CET 235 and EET 110
  • CSC 120 > CSC 124

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Bachelor's Degree

Additional Resources

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