Fluid Power in Mechatronic Systems—Graduate Certificate

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Controls in Robotics

Develop skills and competencies in fluid power, electro-hydraulics, dynamics, and kinematics of robotic platforms. Apply holistic safety to mechatronic systems. Join a rapidly growing industry of robotic automation in all sectors. Technical specialists are needed for:

  • maintenance and monitoring of existing robots,
  • enhancement of future technologies, and
  • education of users on implementation and applications.

Diverse Applications

Fluid power systems, both hydraulic and pneumatic, are integral to the automation that enables robotic applications. For instance:

  • The end effectors of robots are often pneumatically controlled.
  • Large components in automated systems are generally hydraulically controlled to accommodate the high forces and loads.
  • Precision motion control is required in most applications to regulate speed and position or force and pressure.
  • The dynamics and kinematics of robotic platforms involves analyzing the relationship between the joint actuator torques and resulting motion, so that programs can be optimized without exceeding the robot capabilities.

People Are First

Robotics often operate in an environment alongside production workers. Incorporating a safety mindset into the design of automated systems is critical.

Career Boost

This certificate will prepare students for professional certification in three different fluid power specialist categories: hydraulics, pneumatics, and electronic controls.

If a graduate student is a Professional Engineer (PE), or has a degree from an ABET accredited university, they can also become a Fluid Power Engineer.

At Michigan Tech, this certificate is also one part of three stackable certificates leading to an MS degree in Mechatronics.


Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to check your pre-requisite skills.

Required Courses

Take 10 credits.

  • MET 4377 (3)
  • MET 5378 (3)
  • MET 5400 (1)
  • MET 5800 (3)

Sample Plan

The model completion time is three semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
  MET 4377
Fall Spring
MET 5378 MET 5400
MET 5800

Course Descriptions

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Develop specifications to reduce risks and select safety components.
  2. Implement concepts in kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators.
  3. Assess operating principles and design considerations for fluid power electrohydraulic components and systems.

Admissions Requirements

Program Contacts

David Wanless

  • Associate Teaching Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Graduate Program Director, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Pammi Washuleski

Pammi Washuleski

  • Senior Administrative Aide, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Graduate Program Coordinator, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Stackable Certificates

Step up to an MS degree in Mechatronics.

The Departments of Applied Computing in the College of Computing, and Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering, join efforts to introduce three graduate, stackable certificates leading to a Master of Science in Mechatronics. These certificates are:

All three certificates include the core courses in the Mechatronics MS degree. These courses are all part of the interdisciplinary MS in Mechatronics.