Robotic Manufacturing Certificate

Why Choose Robotic Manufacturing Certificate at CLC?

  • 5 new welding robots increasing current technology offered – 23 total robots used for training.
  • Remodeled and updated classrooms and lab areas
  • Starting salaries $45-$57K
  • Grads can travel both domestically and internationally installing robotic equipment
  • Placement 95 – 100%
  • BSU Articulation AAS or Diploma
  • Member of Robotics Industries Association

About the Program

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.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

MATH 1500 Applied Mathematics (3 cr)
MTTS 1264 Intro to Machining Process (2 cr)
RAST 1120 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2 cr)
RAST 1101 Industrial Electronics I (3 cr)
RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2 cr)
RAST 1104 Intro to Automation (2 cr)
RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2 cr)
RAST 1110 Intro to Manufacturing (2 cr)

Total – 18 Credits

Career Description: Robotic automated systems technicians are an integral part of modern manufacturing firms. Knowledge of robotic programming, flexible manufacturing, CAD systems, industrial communications and overall system integration is essential. Technologies such as new-generation robot controllers, sensors, and electrical control systems have created a need for highly specialized training. Career opportunities are available for robotic technicians in the building, repairing, installing, maintaining, and programming of robotic automated systems. Robotic technicians are valued by industry employers for their problem-solving skills.

Program Information: The Robotics Automated Systems Technology Program uses the curriculum of technical industry standards set forth by the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) along with a strong advisory board made up of industry leaders in the different manufacturing career areas. The program has the largest robotics automated systems lab in the upper Midwest. Students are trained on the same robots, controllers, and programming languages used by automated manufacturing companies.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in creating program code;
  • Apply knowledge and skills of electrical systems;
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills as an individual and as a team member.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete one-third (6) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities: Employment opportunities are available in the manufacturing industries, including Robotics and Machine Trades, to include the following sectors: automotive, aerospace, machine tool, welding, fabrication, packaging, system integrators, nuclear power, and robotic manufacturers. Examples of potential employers may be: 3-M, ABB, Acieta, Automation Inc., Automated Concepts, Brenton Engineering, Delkor Systems, Douglas Machine, Ellison Technologies, FANUC Robotics, Graphics Packaging, Hales, Hegman Machine Tool, Imation, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, PAR Systems, PRI Robotics, Robotics Automation, Tetra Pak, and Wolf Robotics.

Advisory Board: Robotics Automated Systems Technology Advisory Board


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Robert Lange

Robotics Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5144
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Nathan Peterson

Robotics Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5112
Staples B153

Student Testimonials


The Robotics/Automation Program caught my attention, as I was unsure of what part of engineering I wanted to do. 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.


Many say that college is one of the best times of your life, and that was true with my experience at Central Lakes College. I had great instructors, a good group of classmates, and an education that has served me well. No matter what you plan to do for the rest of your life, a good education is the only way to succeed in today’s busy world. The CLC Robotics Automation Systems Program in Staples gave me the knowledge and experience to be successful in my field, making sure I applied what I learned as well as learning the individual concepts of robotics and automation. If I had to do it again, my choice would be the same: CLC Robotics in Staples.

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