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.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3 2 3 S REQ
or
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
EET114 Introduction to Digital Electronics 3 3 M REQ
EET115 Digital Circuits Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET116 Electronic Circuits and Devices I 5 3 6 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
EET154 Introduction to Microprocessors 3 3 M REQ
EET155 Microprocessor Applications I 1 3 M REQ
EET156 Electronic Circuits and Devices II 5 3 6 M REQ
EET158 Software Tools for the Engineering Technologist 3 2 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET246 Robotics and Fluid Power 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
EET204 Network Installation and Maintenance 3 3 M REQ
EET205 Network Maintenance Laboratory 1 3 M REQ
EET209 Systems Troubleshooting Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET248 Introduction to Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
EET258 Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
EET254 Process Control Theory 3 3 M REQ
EET255 Process Control Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET256 Motion Control 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
MET220 Mechanical Power Transmission Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
EET312 Equipment Installation and Commissioning 3 2 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
EET340 Control Theory 4 3 3 M REQ
MET231 Mechatronic System Maintenance 3 1 6 M REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET310 Automation Engineering Technology Internship 1 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET494 Senior Project Design 1 1 M REQ
EET405 Automation Concepts and Applications 3 3 M REQ
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
EET445 Advanced Automation Software 3 2 3 M REQ
EET311 Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems 3 2 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET496 Senior Project Implementation 3 9 M REQ
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
EET444 Robots and Vision Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15