Robotics / Automated Systems Technology Diploma

Why Choose Robotics / Automated Systems Technology Diploma 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.

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Program Information

Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester
MTTS 1264  Intro to Machining Process (2 cr)
RAST 1101  Industrial Electronics I (3 cr)
RAST 1104  Introduction to Automation (2 cr)
RAST 1109  Computers in Industry (2 cr)
RAST 1110  Intro to Manufacturing (2 cr)
RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2 cr)
RAST 1120  Intro to Engineering Graphics (2 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total – 18 Credits

Spring Semester
RAST 1102*  Industrial Electronics II (3 cr)
RAST 1103*  Motors and Drives (3 cr)
RAST 1113*  Motors & Drives Lab (3 cr)
RAST 1206*  Programmable Logic Controllers I (3 cr)
RAST 1212* Industrial Electronics Lab II (2 cr)
MATH 1500  Applied Math  (3 cr)
Total – 17 Credits

Summer Session
RAST 2101*  Application Planning & Layout (2 cr)
RAST 2106*  Industrial Electronics III (2 cr)
RAST 2116*  Industrial Electronics Lab III (2 cr)
Total – 6 Credits

Second Year – Fall Semester
RAST 2105*  Transducers (2 cr)
RAST 2132*  Robotic Programming (3cr)
RAST 2151*  Robot Integration Lab (6 cr)
RAST 2165*  Fluid Power (2 cr)
RAST 2355*  Programmable Logic Controllers II (2 cr)
Total – 15 Credits

Spring Semester
RAST 2154*  Robot Controller Maintenance (2 cr)
RAST 2395*  Advanced Robot Controller Programming (2 cr)
RAST 2390*  Robotics Internship (1-3 cr) OR or RAST 2399  Independent Study (1-3 cr)
Total – 5 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

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 electrical systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in mechanical systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in creating program code;
  • Analyze and apply specific troubleshooting knowledge and technology in the areas of electrical, mechanical, software and program code;
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills as an individual and as a team member.


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 (20) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Accreditation: Robotics Industry Association

Transfer Opportunities: Courses in this program transfer to Bemidji State University, St. Cloud State University, and North Dakota State University.

Career Opportunities: Employment opportunities are abundant in automotive manufacturing, aerospace manufacturers, machine tool companies, welding and fabrication, packaging machinery manufacturers, robotic system integrators, nuclear power facilities, and robotic manufacturers. Selected employers of recent graduates include: 3-M, Acieta, Brenton Engineering, Delkor, Douglas Machine, Fanuc, Graphics Packaging, Hales, Hegman Machine Tool, Motoman, PAR Systems, PRI Robotics, Robotics Automation, Wolf Robotics, and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.

Career Titles: Examples of career titles in this field include field service technician, field service engineer, applications programmer, electrical controls engineer, automated systems technician, automated systems machine builder and production systems technician.

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; 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.


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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