Application of robotics is a multicraft activity blending multiple disciplines including computer science, computer engineering, mechanics and electrical engineering to create control devices for hybrid systems. The study of robotics is founded on the principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A roboticist engages in design, construction and programming of robotic systems. Robotics engineering technology (RET) at Cal U is an introduction to mechatronic systems with special emphasis on agile robots, i.e., robots with free-ranging mobility. Agile and personal robotics is a $100 billion emerging industry.
RET Program Objectives
The goal of the RET program is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of computer, electronics and mechanical engineering technology principles blended with hands-on reinforcement through laboratory projects. Students learn and apply numerous cutting-edge skills such as:
- Engineering design processes;
- Application of robotic systems to solve technical problems;
- Behavioral programming on various robotic platforms;
- Application of science, technology, engineering and math in the creation of robotic systems;
- Use of design software tools such as 3-D CADD;
- Teamwork and leadership;
- Technical documentation and oral communications;
- Application of equipment and tools used in manufacturing processes;
- Programming, interfacing and integration of PLCs (programmable logic controllers)
- Troubleshooting and repair of robotic components and systems;
- Project management; and
- Understanding of economic principles and the role of robotics to future economy.
Admission to the program is open to entering freshman and transfer students. Students with an educational background in a field related to robotics engineering technology who apply for admission to the program will be evaluated on an individual basis. For more information on Robotics@CalU, visit our website at www.calu.edu (search "robotics") or call the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology at 724-938-4085.
In both military and commercial applications, a sharp increase is predicted in the demand for robotics support personnel ranging from technicians to engineering technologists and beyond. Roboticists will be needed in a variety of fields, such as medical/health care, transportation logistics, industrial/manufacturing, security/law enforcement, service industries, and even household applications and entertainment. For increased career opportunities and advancement, RET graduates may continue to complete bachelor's degrees in related programs such as mechatronics engineering technology, computer engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, technology management and computer science.