Are you intrigued and amazed at what robots have been created to do? Do you constantly ponder how or why a certain item was created the way that it was? Do you want to input your creative genius into the world of robotics in areas like space robotics, underwater robotics, and everyday household robotics? If the field of robotics is an area that interests you, then you will need to begin by obtaining your bachelor's degree. It is important to understand that not very many colleges and universities offer a degree program in this area. Additionally, this field of study is very competitive and will require you to have extremely strong math and science skills.
Do not be deterred though, often colleges and universities offer an engineering program that has a concentration in the area of robotics. After obtaining your high school diploma or the equivalent, you will be ready to begin working on the course work necessary to get your bachelor's degree in robotics. Be aware that most colleges require applicants to submit copies of their high school transcript, their ACT scores, a portfolio that demonstrates their work and ability level, an essay that describes them personally, and letters of recommendation. Also, it will be important that your high school transcript and your ACT scores demonstrate that you have a proficiency in the areas of math and science.
Of course, as you begin your post-secondary course work you will first need to successfully complete numerous general education classes. Once you have most of these out of the way, you can start taking classes that focus on your major area of study. The course work is designed to help you develop a foundation in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and systems engineering. Students will also be responsible for learning about advanced theories in the areas of computation, sensing, and actuation. Each of these theoretical areas will be fundamental in your success in the robotics field. It is important to note that in your robotics career you will have to apply these theoretical concepts on a daily basis.
Some of the courses that you will likely be required to complete are: industrial robotics, introduction to robotics, differential equations, mechanical movement, applied physics, and unified robotics. As you work on your bachelor's degree you will spend a large majority of your instructional time building robots in a laboratory type setting. Typically, most colleges and universities require their students to complete an intensive robotics project prior to graduation. This allows students to gain real world experience, while still working alongside an experienced mentor or teacher. Keep in mind, this semester of work place experience is sure to look great to potential employers. In addition to completing your four year bachelor's degree program you may also want to further your level of education. Typically, this is a degree program that can be completed within two years and requires you to complete a presentation or thesis prior to graduation.
With so many opportunities for growth take the time to really evaluate any of the schools you are interested in attending. Make sure to research the different types of robotics degrees the school has to offer as they can vary in both length and what they teach you on.
- Design robotics to solve problems.
- Solve issues that deal with production and operation systems controls.
- Interpret the use of electrical wiring schemes.
- Learn and use CADD software.
- Be able to use your project management skills to run a team.
- Understand and troubleshoot robotics systems.
- Mechanical Propulsion Systems
- Vision Systems and Manufacturing
- Engineering Design and Circuits
- Robotics and Motors
- Robotic Programming Systems
- Robot maintenance and repair
- Advanced Logic Controllers