Automation & Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology

Automation & Intelligent Robotics Engineering Tech

Hands-on experience integrating of computer science, robotics, and controls engineering.

Bachelor of Science, (B.S.)

Students in the ARET degree are introduced to the fundamentals of power, electronic systems, and formal programming techniques common in industry. The curriculum, supported jointly by the departments of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology and Computer Science, includes in depth technical content of electronics, control systems, mechanical systems, and computer programming and applications to prepare professionals equipped to design, improve, maintain, and manage robotic and automated process and control systems. Laboratory courses require students to design, program, develop and construct projects independently and in small teams.

The study of robotics and controls involves the design, modeling, optimization, documentation, and automation of advanced control problems. This major is designed to produce graduates prepared to work with multiple types of technology to design and implement projects that have advanced programming needs.

Students in the ARET degree program will complete courses from applied engineering, computer science, math, and physics. 

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 to complete your degree.


Robotics Engineering Technology

Video montage of student-built robots competing in an autonomous fire fighting challenge.

  • Opportunity to learn about automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer programming techniques.
  • Excellent starting salaries for automation/control/robotics engineers.
  • 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 for ARET Majors:

There are multiple laboratory facilities dedicated to supporting the Automation & Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology degree. Specific facilities include:

  • Adaptive Computing
  • Automation/Robotics
  • CADD
  • Electronics
  • Fluid Power
  • Humanoid
  • Intelligent Machines
  • Materials Processing
  • Rapid Prototyping

Self-reported job titles from a recent alumni survey:

  • Application Engineer & Product Specialist
  • Assembly Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation General Manager
  • Automation Programmer
  • Automation Specialist
  • Certified Machinery Safety Expert
  • Control System Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Supervisor
  • Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Automation Engineer
  • Installation Supervisor
  • IT Project Specialist
  • Lead Systems Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Plant Service Engineer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Program Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Robotics/Automation Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Sales Representative
  • Site Supervisor
  • Software Application Engineer
  • Solution Engineer
  • Sr. Engineer
  • Support Engineer
  • Team Supervisor
  • Validation Lead
  • Vice President Sales & Marketing

Clubs & Activities

Association of Technology, Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Student Chapter (aka MU Robotics Team) The MU Robotics Team has earned more than 30 awards since 2001 in national or international robotics competitions. The team boasts winning the 2010 and 2013 ATMAE National Robotics Competitions.

Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) – Beta Phi Chapter. Epsilon Pi Tau is an international honor society for professions in technology. At Millersville, this includes Technology & Engineering Education, Applied Engineering & Technology Management, and  Occupational Safety & Environmental Health majors.

Robotics Team In The Move

Pictured: 2019 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition team photo.