Robotic Welding Certificate

Why Choose Robotic Welding 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

RAST 1104  Introduction to Automation (2 cr)
RAST 2134  Robotic ARC Welding (3 cr)
WELD 1100  Intro to Welding (2 cr)
WELD 1111  Blueprint Reading I (2 cr)
WELD 1112  Blueprint Reading II (2 cr)
WELD 1117  Gas Metal ARC Welding I (2 cr)
WELD 1118  Gas Metal ARC Welding II (3 cr)


Career Description: Robotic welders set up automated equipment within a robotic welding cell using safety devices, user operator systems, and welding power supplies. They also maintain welding torch equipment, edit and/or create robotic welding programs, change existing welding programs, and program welding parameters.

Program Information: The Robotic Welder Certificate instructs students in welding cell safety devices, blueprints and symbols. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be skilled in manual and robotic welding procedures, creating and editing robot welding programs, error recovery procedures, and basic maintenance of equipment including lubrication of the robot and welding fixtures.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply proper industry safety standards;
  • Apply welding and cutting safety procedures;
  • Perform a variety of welding processes using appropriate equipment and setup procedures for  SMAW and GMAW;
  • Apply principles of basic welding fundamentals, symbols, blueprints and welding metallurgy;
  • Develop correct robotic welding parameters for different welding procedures;
  • Perform robotic welding controller operations and programming manual procedures;
  • Create robotic welding programs;
  • Upload and download existing programs;
  • Modify existing welding programs;
  • Robot and automated cell system error recovery procedures;
  • Robotic welding cell cycle time calculations.




Special Program Requirements:

Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities: Employment of robotic welding technicians is expected to grow 8% by 2020. Robotic welders will find employment in a variety of occupations such as automotive suppliers, welding fabrication companies, agricultural original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), heavy equipment OEM’s (Caterpillar, John Deere, Bobcat, etc.) and recreational vehicle manufacturers (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Honda, etc.).

Career Titles: Common career titles for people in this field are robotic welding cell operator, robotic welding system technician, robotic welding system operator, robotic welding setup and system operator.


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Nathan Peterson

Robotics Instructor
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Nathan Peterson

Robotics Instructor

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

Robotics Instructor
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Robert Lange

Robotics Instructor

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.


Student Testimonials


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.


Former student
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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