When you set your mind to something, you make it happen. You dig deeper, discover details. Test and tinker. You seek out solutions. Prepared to tackle challenges head-on and hands-on. You are a tomorrow-maker.
Robotics and automation push productivity to new levels. Will you push it even further? Will you solve tomorrow’s challenges with innovation and ease? The Automation Engineering Technology Robotics and Automation program is home to problem-solvers and independent thinkers. A community of creators with a drive to demand more from technology and from themselves. From electrical and electronics to mechatronics and robotics, students learn the ins and outs of complex automated systems used in the world of manufacturing. It doesn’t stop there. An understanding of vision systems, networking, automated systems, and software applications rounds out the experience. Even better, it opens the door to tomorrow. A career in robotics and automation is here. Are you ready?
- Your future, your way. With so many ways to customize your learning experience, countless career opportunities await.
- Lab and learn. Get your hands on industry equipment right in our labs. Work with conveyors, processor controllers, and industrial robots with vision systems.
- Experience matters. Employers value real-world experience, just like what you’ll get working with and troubleshooting automation equipment in our labs.
- Get connected. Thanks to required internships, students make valuable industry connections that often lead to job offers.
- The best of both worlds. Cross training in mechatronics (mechanical and electronics) expands your career prospects and scope of experience.
- They want you. Penn College grads are highly sought-after and recruited for competitive-pay positions.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
This program provides a unique and desirable combination of skills that meets a need requested by industry and prepares students for various positions in the automation industry. Potential jobs are technical sales, automation integrator, controls technician, mechanical technician, and controls engineer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electro-mechanical technicians was $57,790 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $88,860.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing||1,450||$27.26||$56,690|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||1,380||$29.24||$60,820|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||1,200||$26.63||$55,390|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||1,180||$26.54||$55,190|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||970||$35.06||$72,920|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Penn College graduates from mechatronics technology, robotics and automation, and electronics/computer engineering technology are eligible to enter this bachelor degree.
This bachelor degree major will consider students from other institutions who have completed associate degrees in closely related fields (mechatronics, robotics, electronics, computer engineering). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students are advised not to purchase new tools before meeting with faculty on the first day of classes.
It is suggested that students have at least the recommended tools. Instructors will help identify what tools are needed during the first day of class. Free lockers are located in the laboratory area.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. John C Browne Jr., '05, Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
- Mr. Timothy R Conrad, PE, '82, Principle Engineer, LSI Corporation
- Mr. Nicholas A Hetrick, '05, Senior Network Engineer, PA State System of Higher Education
- Mr. Eli Hughes, '01, Research Engineer III, Penn State Applied Research Lab
- Mr. Sean P Kelly, '17, Systems Application Engineer, Tyco Electronics
- Mr. Michael D McLaughlin, Director of Automation, Andritz Automation, Inc.
- Mr. Tod Neidig, '91, Test Engineering Manager, Primus Technologies Corporation
- Mr. Jonathan S Schall, '95, '99, Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
- Mr. Gregory C Stanek, Technical Services Supervisor, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
- Mr. Thomas J VanSant, Jr., '86, Measurements Engineer, Corning, Inc.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.