Automation Engineering Technology: Robotics & Automation

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student working on circuit

About this program

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 & 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, and software applications rounds out the experience.

Cross Training in Mechatronics

Rapidly Growing Career Field

Extensive Hands-On Experience


  • Automation engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Controls engineer

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Digital Electronics (EET114)
  • Digital Circuits Applications (EET115)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices I (EET116)
  • Introduction to Microprocessors (EET154)
  • Microprocessor Applications I (EET155)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices II (EET156)
  • Software Tools for the Engineering Technologist (EET158)
  • Robotics and Fluid Power (EET246)
  • Network Installation and Maintenance (EET204)
  • Network Maintenance Laboratory (EET205)
  • Systems Troubleshooting Applications (EET209)
  • Introduction to Automation Control Concepts and Applications (EET248)
  • Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications (EET258)
  • Process Control Theory (EET254)
  • Process Control Applications (EET255)
  • Motion Control (EET256)
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Systems (MET220)
  • Equipment Installation and Commissioning (EET312)
  • Control Theory (EET340)
  • Mechatronic System Maintenance (MET231)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Automation Engineering Technology Internship (EET310)
  • Senior Project Design (EET494)
  • Automation Concepts and Applications (EET405)
  • Advanced Automation Software (EET445)
  • Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems (EET311)
  • Senior Project Implementation (EET496)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Robots and Vision Systems (EET444)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Engineering, Technology, and Society (EET124) or
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Video

Wired Glove Gives Life to Robot

David Zlotnicki provides a brief demonstration of his Wired Glove, a creation that allows him to manipulate the arm of a robot. 

Our Leadership

"Automation careers are rapidly growing. This industry-driven curriculum pulls together robotics and automation, creating a uniquely relevant and in-demand skillset."

Bradley M. Webb, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

School of Industrial, Computing, & Engineering Technologies


Robotics Lab

Get hands-on experience in our specialized learning labs with industry-standard equipment like PLCs, Cognex cameras, Fanuc robots.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, the Penn College IEEE Student Branch meets regularly to work on professional soft skills, projects, and leadership. 

SkillsUSA Champions at Work

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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 .

  • 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.

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