Robotics Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to research and develop the robust autonomous systems that define Industry 4.0.

Robotics engineering is at the intersection of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied computing. Robotics engineers are 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.

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.

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
  • Drones
  • Autonomous surface vessels
  • Underwater autonomous vehicles
  • Autonomous on-road and off-road vehicles
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

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.

  • 9%
    expected job growth between 2016 and 2026
  • 1,230
    square feet in our Plexus Innovation Lab and electronics makerspace
  • 100+
    sponsored Senior Design projects

Tomorrow Needs Autonomy, Engineered

The future is autonomy, engineered. Prepare to be the engineer of tomorrow. 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 $99,040 average yearly salary. By pursuing this truly interdisciplinary degree, you will be fulfilling an urgent industry need with your education and experience.

Be Career-Ready

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, 3-D printers, and more to become career-ready to work in cutting-edge industries.

Robotics applications are emerging rapidly, who knows what the landscape of automation will look like.

Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying robotics engineering at Michigan's flagship technological university.

 

"I chose robotics engineering because it's a great mixture of things. It's got electrical, it's got computer, it's got mechanical."Emily Ladensack, undergraduate robotics engineering student

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.

Educational Objectives

We expect the early career graduates of this program to:

  1. 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,
  2. 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.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The ECE Department

Innovation is key in the growing fields of electrical, computer, and robotics engineering.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech is a world leader in providing high quality education, something we’ve done for nearly 100 years.

During your time at Michigan Tech, you’ll experience the difference faculty mentoring has on the quality of your education. You’ll take the skills you learn in the classroom to the lab, shop, makerspace or out in the world— to create, innovate, and design.

Integrated with key courses, access to our multimillion-dollar labs will allow you to learn with cutting-edge equipment—from lasers and microcontrollers to robots, power stations, and more—along with industry standard software and current generation computer systems.

You’ll benefit from many additional opportunities for hands-on experience, ranging from Enterprise and Senior Design, to internships and co-ops. Our excellent programs give you the chance to work directly with industry well before graduation.

And you’ll gain the personal attention and support you need—not only for your academic success, but for a positive overall experience at Michigan Tech.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs

Or, start with our General Engineering option and give yourself time to decide.

MTU engineering

Real Engineering. Meaningful Work.

We are committed to inspiring students, advancing knowledge, and innovating technological solutions to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world. With an entering engineering class of about 1,000 students, 17 degrees to choose from, and 160 faculty in the College of Engineering alone, we provide a world-class education with the trusted reputation of Michigan Tech.

As a student at Michigan Tech you’ll work closely with faculty mentors, immerse yourself in experience-powered learning, and gain a thorough understanding of engineering practice. Collaborate and innovate in laboratories, coursework, Enterprise, and Senior Design—you'll work with industry partners on real engineering projects and develop strong skill sets for your future.

You could study abroad, with engineering opportunities ranging from a few weeks to one full year. Or focus on problems facing disadvantaged communities in countries around the world. Michigan Tech’s D80 program offers you a range of options.

More than 400 employers regularly recruit our students for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. Engineering students average seven interviews, and 98 percent are employed within their field of study, enlist in the military, or enroll in a graduate school within six months of graduation. A degree in engineering from Michigan Tech can take you anywhere.

Tomorrow Needs You

Engineers do a lot of things, but there's one thing we do first and foremost: we help people. We use creative ideas and technologies to solve problems in health care, energy, transportation, hunger, space exploration, climate change, and more—much more. Become an engineer who is ready for what tomorrow needs.

Student Stories

"Everyone I talked to said that Michigan Tech has a great reputation. Everyone loves the students that graduate from here and are always looking to hire them."Emily Ladensack, undergraduate robotics engineering student