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Engineering Technology, BS - Robotics, Automation and Controls Option

Robotics Engineering Degree

Robotics, automation and control systems surround us in daily life, from traffic lights to car assembly plants. A robotics engineering degree empowers you to drive these systems. Earn your BS in Engineering Technology: Robotics, Automation and Controls at the University of Central Missouri.

UCM’s degree in Robotics, Automation and Controls combines engineering theory with real-world applications. Our class sizes are comparatively small for collaboration and most courses include lab work in our state-of-the art facilities. As a result, you’ll receive vital hands-on experience that translates into career preparedness. 

Earn your robotics degree your way

In-person instruction remains a crucial element of earning your Robotics degree at UCM, because of our focus on hands-on learning. We offer certain classes online or as a hybrid model to give you flexibility if you need it.

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What you will study

An Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree in Robotics, Automation and Controls at the University of Central Missouri blends engineering theory with hands-on application. Learn to program and integrate robotic systems and cells. Master programmable logic controllers. Engage in the hands-on study of a wide variety of topics:

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Microprocessors and Motors
  • Power Systems
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Lean Concepts
  • Vision Systems

Earning a Robotics Automation degree at UCM partners you with local industries to tackle current challenges. Our students help companies innovate new automation solutions that streamline their efficiency and save money.


Excellence in Engineering Technology

  • A Best Value College for Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in robotics, automation and controls

The University of Central Missouri helps pave the road to your successful career, providing on-the-job training opportunities and encouraging collaboration and connection between engineering technology majors in robotics, automation and controls and experienced professionals.

  • Internships: UCM’s proximity to Kansas City, just a 45-minute drive from the Warrensburg campus, provides the opportunity to gain job experience with a large number of engineering companies. A wide variety of internship and career opportunities await graduates with an Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree in Robotics, Automation and Controls from UCM.
  • Networking: Join the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to increase your engagement with peers, faculty and industry professionals before and after graduation. Activities range from competing in the NASA Human Rover Competition to potlucks and picnics.
  • Capstone: Seniors take a capstone course in collaboration with a local company to solve a real problem at all stages of engineering, from production to quality control. Your project culminates in a presentation of a proposed solution and may lead to actually being built in real life.


What can you do with a BS in Robotics, Automation and Controls from UCM?

You’ll gain proficiencies in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), electronics, robotics, manufacturing, project management and engineering economy. These skills have helped graduates with an Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree in Robotics, Automation and Controls from UCM earn a favorable starting salary at their first jobs.

Students who earned their Robotics Automation degree from UCM have secured a variety of jobs at industry-leading companies such as: 

  • Honeywell
  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • Black & Veatch

A robotics degree that prepares you for your career

Employers want UCM graduates with Robotics, Automation and Controls Engineering degrees to work for them. They appreciate the skill, broad knowledge of engineering and work ethic of our graduates.

Find out how to translate the skills you learned while earning your robotics engineering degree into a top-earning career using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Robotics, Automation and Controls degree

Widely recognized for our affordability and low student debt, the University of Central Missouri provides several resources to help with financing your education.

Undergraduate students in UCM’s Robotics Engineering degree program may also qualify for program scholarships such as these:

  • Black & Veatch Annual Scholarship Program
  • General Electric Scholarship Honoring Gene Harmon in Engineering Technology
  • Glenn W. Stahl Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Stephen Lacey Engineering Technology Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.

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Take your degree further.


UCM’s Robotics degree program offers an easy pathway to management with grad school.

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Make yourself more marketable.


Add a minor to your Robotics Automation degree to increase the value of your college experience at UCM and expand your skill set.


The University of Central Missouri's Engineering Technology degree curriculum by its nature is based both in theory and experiential learning. In order to apply theories studied in the classroom, students experience a wide variety of state-of-the-art laboratories. Students in the Engineering Technology program with focus on Mechanical Engineering Technology will work in facilities that house over 15 student laboratories, including:

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Precision Machining
  • Foundry
  • Plastics
  • R&D
  • CADD
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • PLCs
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Networking
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Wood Processing
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & Barcoding
  • Welding


An internship is required for the Engineering Technology degree. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the internship before graduation, but valuable assistance can be obtained through UCM Career and Life Design Center, Engineering Technology faculty, and industrial alliances.

Many students work their internship(s) during the summer. However, more and more companies want students to work an extended internship, sometimes called a co-op. This requires the student to either withdraw from UCM classes for one semester or work the internship while taking classes during the spring or fall. Typically, the student is paid a competitive wage during the internship and many times it will directly lead to a job upon graduation.

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The Engineering Technology Program at Central Missouri University is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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