Automation Engineering Technology: Robotics & Automation (AER)

(Effective Fall 2020)

The Bachelor of Science in Automation Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation offers a curriculum where students will gain a diverse set of skills and knowledge in areas of electrical, electronics, mechatronics, robotics, vision systems, networking, automated systems, and software applications. The development of these skills will prepare graduates to work with complex automated systems used in the manufacturing of products. The combination of theory and hands-on skills will provide a versatile graduate with an ability to work at variety of jobs in the automation industry.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in mathematics and science with good communication skills. High school subjects that will best prepare students for this degree include Algebra and Physics.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Robotics & Automation major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Students who test at a math placement level one (MTH004) are not permitted to take Electronics (EET) courses until MTH 004 has been successfully completed. Students who placement test into MTH006, ENL 001 and RDG (001 or 111) are not permitted to take Electronics courses until remediation has been completed in at least one area. Students testing deficient in English and/or reading are required to remediate these areas during their first semester. Students testing into MTH 005 or MTH 006 will be permitted to take first semester EET courses. Students need to be enrolled in MTH 180 or above in their second semester; otherwise, students will need instructor permission to continue into second semester EET courses. Students cannot proceed to third semester classes without successfully completing MTH 180.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits when working with automated systems;
  • apply automation control concepts to industrial applications;
  • demonstrate the ability to perform equipment setup and commissioning;
  • apply and test power transmission equipment;
  • design, implement, program and troubleshoot complex mechatronics and automated systems;
  • setup and program robotic work cells; and
  • utilize vision in robotics and automated systems equipment.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
EET114 Introduction to Digital Electronics 3  
EET115 Digital Circuits Applications 1  
EET116 Electronic Circuits and Devices I 5  
Second Semester Credits
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
EET154 Introduction to Microprocessors 3  
EET155 Microprocessor Applications I 1  
EET156 Electronic Circuits and Devices II 5  
EET158 Software Tools for the Engineering Technologist 3  
Third Semester Credits
EET246 Robotics and Fluid Power 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
EET204 Network Installation and Maintenance 3  
EET205 Network Maintenance Laboratory 1  
EET209 Systems Troubleshooting Applications 1  
EET248 Introduction to Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
SCI Science Elective 3  
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3  
EET258 Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4  
EET254 Process Control Theory 3  
EET255 Process Control Applications 1  
EET256 Motion Control 4  
Fifth Semester Credits
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
MET220 Mechanical Power Transmission Systems 4  
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
EET312 Equipment Installation and Commissioning 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
EET340 Control Theory 4  
MET231 Mechatronic System Maintenance 3  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Summer Session Credits
EET310 Automation Engineering Technology Internship 1  
Seventh Semester Credits
EET494 Senior Project Design 1  
EET405 Automation Concepts and Applications 3  
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3  
EET445 Advanced Automation Software 3  
EET311 Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
EET496 Senior Project Implementation 3  
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
EET444 Robots and Vision Systems 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  

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