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Robotics and Automation Certificate

From automated assembly lines to autonomous drones, cleaning robots to underwater teleoperated robots, technological advances related to automation, engineering, machine learning and robotics are changing how we work — today and in the future.

Prepare for an ever-evolving, high-tech career with a Robotics and Automation undergraduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri. Designed for students looking to gain valuable technical expertise or working professionals who want to advance in their current work, our Robotics and Automation certificate brings together human machine interface software, programmable logic controllers and robotic systems to prepare you for careers in both automation and controls.

A Robotics and Automation certificate with varying course formats

Pursue UCM’s Robotics and Automation certificate in a way that works for you. All of our certificate courses can be taken in person at our Warrensburg campus, or you can choose to take a few courses also offered online. Either way, gain valuable knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a high-tech career.

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Top 15% best value program

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Online classes available

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25 students or less per class

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5 classes to achieve certificate

What you will study

Build knowledge and skills beyond your expertise in business, computer-aided drafting and design, engineering and industrial management with UCM’s Robotics and Automation certificate.

Throughout our undergraduate program coursework, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom through hands-on experiences. Most of our coursework involves additional lab components.

Our Robotics and Automation undergraduate certificate program includes courses in:

  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Applied Electricity
  • Digital Principles and Applications
  • Programmable Logic Controllers

You’ll graduate with the cutting-edge tools and techniques you need to work and advance in a broad range of industries and fields.


Excellence in Robotics and Automation

  • Best Value in Engineering Technologies (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Focused Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Engineering Technologies (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Popular Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Colleges for Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies for Non-Traditional Students (College Factual, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Top Ranked Colleges for Engineering Technologies for Veterans (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in robotics and automation

Gain the technical knowledge and analytical skills you need to design, build and manage the movements and actions of robots and automation systems. At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll put your learning into action through:

  • Internships: Completing an internship as part of your Robotics and Automation certificate can be the first step toward a job offer. Some of our students have recently pursued internships with ACI and Accent Controls, among other leading employers in the Kansas City area. 
  • Student organizations: UCM has more than 185 clubs and organizations, so you’ll find dozens of ways to get involved outside of the classroom and put your learning into action. Students in UCM’s Robotics and Automation undergraduate certificate program frequently join our on-campus chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where you’ll be able to network with industry professionals and have opportunities to get an up-close look at facilities during tours of regional companies.
  • NASA Human Rover Challenge: Each year, UCM students design and fabricate a human-powered vehicle that is created to traverse simulated lunar and Martian terrain. Our undergraduate students say this is one of the most exciting ways to put their learning into action.


What can you do with a Robotics and Automation certificate from UCM?

UCM’s Robotics and Automation certificate prepares you for careers as a controls engineer, production supervisor and more. Our graduates currently work at Burns and McDonnell, Gardner Denver, Honeywell and others. After completing their bachelor’s degree, they also choose to continue their education through UCM’s online Industrial Management master’s degree.

Gain added expertise for high-tech careers

By adding a Robotics and Automation certificate to your resume, you can open up future possibilities. Use our interactive tool below to explore career options, salary expectations and more.




Financial assistance options for Robotics and Automation students

At the University of Central Missouri, we offer many ways to help you finance your college education. Degree-seeking students may qualify for general university scholarships, as well as various awards and funding opportunities. You can learn more by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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