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Robotics Automated Systems Technology at Central Lakes College, Staples Campus, is sponsored by the Robotics Industries Association, and provides technical training and education for those interested in obtaining a career in the Robotics or Automated Industry. The Robotics program at Central Lakes College, Staples Campus prepares students in the areas of robotics theory, electronics, and the repair of industrial robots. The demand for highly skilled technicians grows with the increased use of automation in the manufacturing sector. As robotic applications replace monotonous and hazardous production positions, many new job positions are created in the areas of application, operation, maintenance, and repair of industrial robots. Graduates find abundant employment opportunities in automotive and aerospace manufacturing, machine tool companies, the packaging industry, systems integrators, nuclear power, and robotic manufacturers.

Instructors
Greg Scheler
Greg Scheler attended St. Paul Area Vocational Technical Institute for Electro-Mechanical Technician Diploma while employed at PaR Systems Inc. During his early employment with PaR Systems he built, tested and debugged custom robotic equipment for the nuclear, aerospace, and automotive industries and was promoted to field service engineering group where he traveled both domestically and internationally installing these systems at end users’ sites. During this time, he was given increased levels of responsibilities and internal promotions until he was a Field Service Project Engineer. During this time, he was member of the Staples Technical Institutes, Robotics Automated Systems Technology Program advisory board advising on curriculum development, helping with placement of program graduates, and helping in securing related lab equipment for the program.
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Nathan Peterson
Nathan Peterson graduated from Brainerd Staples Technical College with a diploma in Robotics Automated Systems Technology and an Associates of Science Degree from Brainerd Community College in 1994. Immediately upon graduation, he began his robotics career working for a robotic original equipment manufacturer. After starting as an entry level field service engineer, he was promoted multiple times in responsibilities during his 12 years of employment experience to the level of a department manager. In 2006, Nathan decided to make a career change and began his teaching career where he now shares his experiences with students enrolled in the Robotics Program at Central Lakes College. During this time, he continued his education through Bemidji State University and obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education. During his tenure at CLC, Nathan has been nominated for the BOT Educator of the Year award multiple times.
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Robert Lange
Robert Lange graduated from Central Lakes College with a diploma in Robotics Automated Systems Technology in 2001. In the spring of 2001 he accepted an internship followed by full time employment with an original equipment manufacturer. During his career he installed robotic and automated systems across the nation. Robert was promoted multiple times during his career to the level of Installation Department Manager. In 2013, Robert made a career change to become a Robotics Instructor where he now educates the students enrolled in the Robotics Program at Central Lakes College and uses his experience to better prepare the student for the Robotics career. Robert has achieved several industry certificates including Fanuc Master Certified Service Engineer, American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector, and Robotics Industries Association Certified Expert Robotic Technologist.
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Student Testimonials
Mike
Aitkin, Mn - Current Student
The Robotics/Automation Program caught my attention as I was unsure of what part of engineering I wanted to do; electrical, mechanical, design, or programming. This program allowed me to explore a little of each engineering field. I have become comfortable and confident in my skills which have moved deeper into the electronics and programming as we built our capstone projects from the ground up. The program, as a whole, has allowed me to network into a very good paying internship that will permit me to continue to learn and help me to achieve my goals. I will continue my education to get my Bachelors of Applied Engineering.

 

George
Former Student - Sycamore, IL
When I attended Staples Vocational Institute in 1985, the Robotics industry was still a very young field. The program gave me a very good foundation for entering the industry and gave me a great leg up. The staff are always looking for improvements that can be made to the curriculum or teaching methods to stay current with the technology of the day so students continue to be properly prepared.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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