Robotics & Automation

Program Description

  • Robotics and Automation is a rapidly growing field which combines elements of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and programming. It includes the design, implementation, configuration, operation, programming, maintenance and repair of intelligent machines.  Robotic systems are utilized for many applications in manufacturing and assembly, defense, space and underwater exploration, disaster relief as well as many newly emerging service applications. 

    This Minuteman program teaches the theory of engineering concepts while providing students with hands-on experience with modern state of the art equipment including programming logic controllers, industrial assembly robots and VEX® mobile robots. In addition, student will also utilize industry-standard software tools like Multisim®, SolidWorks®, and the AutoDesk® suite of programs.  During their time in the Robotics and Automation program, students complete courses designed by Project Lead the Way which can result in semester credits at Rochester Institute of Technology and other universities. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in numerous SkillsUSA competitions at the district, state, and national level. 

Course Content

    • Lab Safety 
    • Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design 
    • Statics & Dynamics 
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing 
    • Mechanisms 
    • Strength of Materials 
    • Thermodynamics 
    • Pneumatics & Hydraulics 
    • DC Circuits 
    • AC Circuits 
    • Digital Electronics 
    • Industrial Robotics and Automation 
    • Programmable Logic Controllers 
    • Instrumentation and Process Control 
    • Microprocessor Programming 
    • Mobile Robots 
    • Measurements and Calibration 
    • Hand and Power Tools 
    • Blueprint Reading 
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • Writing Technical Reports 
    • Career Awareness 

Post-secondary Options

  • Students completing the Minuteman Robotics and Automation program can proceed directly into the workforce in a technician role, or continue their education pursuing an associates, baccalaureate or graduate degree in various fields of engineering and technical fields.

Advisory Committee Partners

    • United Automation 
    • Analog Devices, 
    • FLIR Systems 
    • Soft Robotics Inc. 
    • MASS DOT 
    • Raytheon  
  • March 2019

Industry Certifications

    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry 

Possible Career Pathways


    • Automation Engineer 
    • Automation Technician 
    • Electrical/Electronics Engineer Technician 
    • Electro-Mechanical Technician 
    • Electrical Engineer 
    • Industrial Engineer 
    • Manufacturing Engineer 
    • Manufacturing Technician 
    • Mechanical Engineer 
    • Process Control Engineer 
    • Process Control Technician 
    • Robotics Engineer 
    • Robotics Technician 
    • Technical Marketing 

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Starting Salary

  • Median salaries depend on the education and the technical field pursued. Examples include: 

    • Electro-Mechanical Technicians - $56.7K 
    • Electrical & Electronics Engineers - $98K 
    • Industrial Engineers - $85.9K 
    • Mechanical Engineers - $85.9K 
    • Robotics Technician - $56.7K 

College Partners

    • UMass Lowell 
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
    • Rochester Institute of Technology