Robotics & Control Systems

Robotics Students Fire Fighting Robot Competition

Andrew Miller, an AETM RCSY major, recently edited a video of the mobile robotics students’ journey as he and his fellow students worked in teams of two to complete their research and development final project. The students were challenged to develop firefighting robots that seek out and extinguish a randomly placed candle in an 8’ x 8’ maze.  The challenge in modeled after an international robotics competition called The Trinity College Home Fire Fighting Robot Contest which has been held in Hartford, Connecticut annually since 1993. The purpose of the challenge is gain experience designing autonomous systems with real-time data acquisition for known environments while mastering programming in C++. "This is no easy task. Simulation is one thing, but designing real-world autonomous robots that are reliable is quite another” says Dr. John Wright, course instructor and ARET Program Coordinator. The challenge is one of the capstone experiences for all AETM RCSY and ARET majors within the AEST Department.

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Applied Engineering and Technology Management

The Robotics & Control Systems concentration involves the optimization and automation of processes. Students in the Robotics and Control Systems concentration are introduced to the fundamentals of current power and electronic systems used in industry. Laboratory courses may require students to design, program, develop and construct projects independently as well as in small groups. Seniors are encouraged to participate in a cooperative education or internship experience to further their knowledge and technical/managerial skills in an industrial environment.

Click here to view a typical 4-year program of study. This is provided for reference only. You will work closely with your advisor to determine the best way for you to complete your degree.


Associate of Technology (A.T.)

Applied Engineering and Technology (AET)

The Control Systems Technology concentration within this program provides students with the same basic technical coursework as the AETM program, but without courses in management. Typical entry level professions include: Process Technicians, Application Engineers, Controls Technicians, Field Technicians, Manufacturing Technicians, and Robotic Technicians.


Minor in Control Systems Technology

A minor in Control Systems Technology is available to students who complete 18 credits of technical courses related to the study of Robotics and Control Systems.


  • Alumni Spotlight - Robotics & Control Systems

    Nicholas Bozzelli, RCS AlumniNick Bozzelli, Project Engineer

    Have you ever seen the TV show "How It's Made"? Maybe you have wondered how Lucky Charms move throughout a conveyance system and are packaged, or maybe how Colgate toothpaste is made, or even how custom helicopter blade shipping containers are manufactured? These are just a few project examples I have worked on recently, and to put things in perspective, this job is exactly everything you see on that TV show.
    What I do:  My official title is a Project Engineer, but we are more formally know as Control System Integrators. At my job, I am mainly responsible for coding or leading large and small scale automation projects primarily for the Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, and Food and Beverage industries, using software tools such as RSLogix for PLCs, FactoryTalk and Wonderware for HMIs, SQL for Data Collection, and a plethora of others. I typically will work on a project for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and then either remotely install my developed code, or travel the country to the customer site. It's a very rewarding job, and you get to directly see the impacts you're making in the world.




    What I do: For the last seven months, I've been working as a Controls Commissioning Engineer at two new Amazon sites. Inside of every Amazon facility is a lot of conveyor and automation that needs to be installed and quality checked.  A Controls Commissioning Engineer comes in after installation and has to test all the equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly. Of course many times it isn't, so there is a lot of troubleshooting. The problems could be electrical, mechanical, or something on the automation/networking side. It's important to have a good grasp of the whole system to get everything up and running.

  • Hours of Operation

    Office Hours:
    7:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday


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    Robotics & Control Systems at Millersville University.


    Click on the image or click here to download the Robotics & Control System Information Sheet.

  • AETM Program Coordinator


    Professor Donna Painter is the program coordinator for the Applied Engineering & Technology Management program. Please email Prof. Painter if you have any questions about the AETM program, or if you would like more information.
    Her email address is

  • Top Three Reasons

    Top 3 Reasons to Choose Robotics & Control Systems at MU.

    1. Opportunity to learn about system integration, robotics, and process control.
    2. Excellent starting salaries (among the highest of any major on campus).
    3. According to O*Net Resource Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment Training, the Robotics Engineer and related occupations, is identified as have a "bright outlook" with a score of 100/100.
      Source: O*Net (2011). Summary Report for 17-2199.08-Robotics Engineers. O*Net
  • Laboratory Facilities

    There are multiple laboratory facilities dedicated to supporting the Robotics & Control Systems concentration. Specific labs include:

    • Automation/Robotics
    • CADD
    • Electronics
    • Energy, Power, Transportation
    • Fluid Power
    • Materials Processing
    • Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing
  • RCS Grads May Become:
    • Process Engineers
    • Application Engineers
    • Control Engineers
    • Control Technicians
    • Field Engineers
    • Robotic Technicians
    • Project Managers
    • Technical Managers
    • Team Leaders
  • Internship Opportunities

    Robotics & Control Systems internships combine the student's academic, technical, and management preparation with actual on-the-job experiences in controls integration and process engineering. Internships have a significant management component and students are required to engage in management-related activities such as planning, organizing, directing, and supervision at the workplace. The student, the employer, and faculty work to assure the internship experience achieves the best possible learning outcome.

  • Accreditation

    The Applied Engineering & Technology Management degrees
    are accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).