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.
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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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.