Learn to be the Engineer of Tomorrow
Robotics engineering provides students the knowledge and skills needed to research and develop the robust autonomous systems that define Industry 4.0. RE is at the intersection of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied computing. As a robotics engineer, you will be fluent in these disciplines and how to apply them in robotic systems, such as autonomous vehicles, automation design in manufacturing, and robotic systems impacting human endeavors.
With expected job growth of 9% between 2016–2026, students with skills in robotics and autonomous systems are in high demand. Robotics engineers can earn an average yearly salary of $99,040. By pursuing this truly interdisciplinary degree, you will be fulfilling an urgent industry need with your education and experience.
Understand the “why” of robots and autonomous machines in a variety of settings beyond industry and manufacturing, including autonomous vehicles. Learn how to interface robotics with other systems. Take courses in robot operating systems, microcontrollers for cyber-physical systems, electric machinery and drives, sensation and perception, and so much more.
Michigan Tech is committed to a hands-on engineering education in this important, emerging field. Students will obtain first-hand experience with controls, digital logic, immersive visualization, and 3-D printers. Robotics engineers learn open-source hardware and software implementation, as well as computer-based signal processing and control to create autonomous motion in the physical world. Students will have the opportunity to work with advanced robot platforms and sensors, unique to Michigan Tech:
- Ground robots
- Autonomous surface vessels
- Underwater autonomous vehicles
- Autonomous on-road and off-road vehicles
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
The future is autonomy, engineered. Prepare to be the engineer of tomorrow. Prepare yourself for a successful career in an industrial or research setting by participating in our Enterprise or Senior Design programs. Develop skill sets for technical, professional, or entrepreneurial leadership positions to meet the growing demand for robotics.
Engineering Design Options
Students in Robotics Engineering will choose the Engineering Design path that best meets their goals. Join an Enterprise, such as Robotic Systems, Aerospace, Blue Marble Security, or Wireless Communication to work on robotics-related projects in an interdisciplinary setting. Or, complete a year-long, industry-sponsored project centered on robotics with fellow ECE students through our Senior Design program.
Robotics Engineering Undergraduate Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Robotics Engineering is a broad field encompassing key engineering disciplines. Michigan Tech robotics engineering baccalaureate graduates are educated to begin professional careers that apply a broad base of engineering, science, and communication skills to a variety of engineering endeavors and to develop advanced competence in robotics systems design and development. As such, we expect that during the first several years following graduation, our graduates will meet the following program objectives:
We expect the early career graduates of this program to:
- be successful in applying their knowledge and skills in robotics engineering and in finding creative solutions to engineering problems involving robots or robotic systems, in an industrial or research and development setting, as evidenced by becoming a team/group leader or by earning a first promotion by their employer, OR,
- leverage their engineering analysis and design capabilities so as to develop a skill set for successful technical, professional, and/or entrepreneurial leadership positions, as evidenced by advanced technical certification, an advanced technical or professional degree, or starting a business
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies